Chao is a Principal in the Employment Law team at MST Lawyers. He is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations.

Chao’s Practice

Chao’s legal practice includes acting in and advising his clients on:

  • Compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009, registered agreements, modern awards and other workplace laws and regulations
  • Common law contract issues including matters relating to employment, independent contracting and post-termination restraints
  • The implementation, variation and termination of registered enterprise agreements
  • Disputation relating to unfair dismissal, general protections, anti-discrimination and contractual breach proceedings

Areas Of Specialty

  • Industrial disputes
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Post-employment restraints
  • Workplace law compliance

Industry Experience

  • Hospitality, fast food and restaurant
  • Real estate and retail
  • Building and construction
  • Manufacturing, and horticultural
  • Health and medical


  • Bachelor of Laws Melbourne University
  • Bachelor of Engineering Melbourne University
  • 2010 – Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia
  • 2016 – LIV Accredited Specialist in the area of Workplace Relations


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

Significant Matters

  • Mercer v Belgravia Health & Leisure Group Pty Ltd [2019] FCCA 2112 (successful defence of a general protections claim with counsel, Robert French)
  • Lorraine Roche v Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga [2018] FWC 3933 (successful prosecution of an unfair dismissal claim leading to reinstatement and maximum compensation with counsel, Angel Aleksov)
  • Kantfield Pty Ltd v Australian Union of Workers [2016] FWCFB 8372 (successful
    appeal of first instance decision before the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission with counsel, Angel Aleksov)
  • Metro Quarry Group Pty Ltd v John Ingham [2016] FWCFB 47 (successful appeal of
    first instance decision before the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission with
    counsel, Angel Aleksov)
  • Glanz v Devilbend Golf Club [2015] FWC 1905 (successful defence of an unfair
    dismissal claim on grounds of merit with counsel, Angel Aleksov)
  • Kennewell v MG & CG Atkins Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 716 (defence of a general
    protections claim, with counsel Tyson Wodak)
  • National Union of Workers v Interlloy Pty Ltd [2013] FWC 5479 (successful defence
    of scope order application, with counsel Chris O’Grady QC)