Stuart Wood AM KC is one of His Majesty’s Counsel.
He is often selected as counsel of choice in “bet the farm” matters in the higher courts. His cases generally involve the management of complex legal, political and societal issues.
He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2019, “for significant service to the legal profession, particularly in the area of industrial relations”.
Stuart is a member of the board of the National Portrait Gallery, the Secretary of the Samuel Griffith Society, and the non-executive Chairman of Great Southern Press, a global publishing and events company with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.
1995 – Present
Over the last two decades, Stuart has developed a leading practice in the field of employment and labour law that has been lauded for its insight and has involved acting for or advising almost all of Australia’s major businesses. Stuart was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011 now known as King’s Counsel following King Charles III’s ascension to the throne.
Member of the Order of Australia
2019 – Present
Stuart was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2019, “for significant service to the legal profession, particularly in the area of industrial relations”.
National Portrait Gallery of Australia
2018 – Present
The National Portrait Gallery’s growing collection consists of representations of individuals who have contributed to the making of Australia as a nation.
Samuel Griffith Society
2016 – Present
The Samuel Griffith Society seeks to promote discussion of constitutional matters, through an annual national conference and the publishing of scholarly papers. As Secretary, Stuart has been instrumental in coordinating the annual national conference and ensuring the ongoing growth and engagement of the membership.
Great Southern Press
2001 – Present
Great Southern Press is a publishing and events company with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Stuart oversaw the development of the organisation from a two-person one-product enterprise to one with seven figure revenues and global operations.
Mentoring of Readers
2008: Matthew Follett
2005: John Snaden
Master: T.J. Ginnane – later T.J. Ginnane S.C., now Justice Ginnane, Supreme Court.
Philip Morris International
1994 – 1995
Stuart completed a six-month secondment to Philip Morris International, involving merging the Tobacco Workers Union with the Australian Workers Union and contracting out the maintenance function, thus moving from a multi-union to a one-union site.
Research Clerk, Articled Clerk and Solicitor
1991 – 1995
As a solicitor in Freehills’ industrial relations section, Stuart worked with the leading solicitors in the country including Graeme Smith, John Cooper and Graeme Watson (later Vice President Watson of the Fair Work Commission).
Federal Court of Australia
Summer Associate to Justices P.R.A. Gray and J.A. Keely
1990 – 1992
Stuart was part of a dedicated team that aided the judge, managing chambers and undertook work including research that requires “high level analysis and application of legal knowledge” (Federal Court of Australia).
The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Science
1986 – 1991
Majoring in chemistry in his Bachelor of Science, Stuart completed a double degree at the leading law school in Australia and graduated with Honours.
1986 – 1989
1993 – 1996
1979 – 1984
Full academic scholarship and editor of the school magazine.