About Us

John Farren



John has extensive experience in all aspects of workplace and employment law. He has advised and represented numerous employers and employees across the public sector, not for profit, statutory authorities and private sector before Workplace and Industrial, Administrative and Statutory Tribunals and Courts at both State and Federal levels.

Dispute resolution through both advocacy in the courts and tribunals and skilled negotiation are John’s areas of special interest and experience.

Before co-founding Farren McRae Workplace Lawyers and Consultants, John practised as a Barrister-at-Law at the Queensland Private Bar for over six years.  John’s move to practising as a solicitor arose from his core drive to help individual employees and employers of all sizes effectively resolve complex workplace disputes and issues – a drive he believed was better achieved in practice as a solicitor heading his own firm.

John is also a trusted legal adviser to both employers and employees in relation to a wide range of employment law issues.

In addition to his legal experience, John has over 20 years’ experience in undertaking complex workplace investigations relating to misconduct, corrupt conduct, bullying and workplace harassment, serious disciplinary matters (including Code of Conduct breaches), grievances, discrimination and worker’s compensation issues.

John is an experienced workplace mediator, having developed his own distinctive style of mediation that focuses on assisting the parties to identify the root causes of their conflict and agreeing upon how their working relationships can move forward in a more positive way.

He is also currently one of two Specialist Directors on the Board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd and from 2012 to 2017 served pro bono as an independent Board member on the National Board of Management of the Salvation Army’s Employment Plus.

From 2004 to 2007, John sat as a part-time member of the Queensland Public Service Appeals Tribunal (as it then was), as a delegate of the Public Service Commissioner. 


  • Admitted Solicitor
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Juris Doctor, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Legal Education and Training, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce (IR and HRM), Griffith University

Legal Practice Areas

Workplace & Employment Law

Consulting Service Areas

Workplace Investigations


Alison McRae



Utilising her extensive experience, Alison employs transparent and thorough investigation processes, while maintaining a sensitive and insightful investigative approach. Alison regularly prepares findings of fact in relation to allegations of misconduct, conflict of interest, bullying, sexual harassment, fraud, discrimination and other breaches of the relevant code of conduct or applicable policy. Alison’s workplace investigation processes and reports are clearly and logically documented and highly defensible.

Alison works to effectively communicate and manage her relationships with key stakeholders at all organisational levels. Her investigations scope a wide range of both public and private sector clients across Australia. A skilled writer and communicator, Alison has developed tailored training programs and drafted and led organisation-wide reviews of policies, procedures and processes.

Before commencing as a private consultant and then co-founding Farren McRae Workplace Lawyers and Consultants, Alison worked in the education sector for nearly 15 years across Queensland and Tasmania. Beginning in the Tasmanian Department of Education’s investigations unit, Alison investigated and managed employee, parent and student complaints regarding misconduct, bullying and discrimination.

Alison then went on to work in various roles in the public and private sectors, first in Tasmania and then in Queensland. During her impressive career, Alison has amassed extensive specialist experience advising on policy and compliance issues in both the private and public sectors at the state and national levels.

Alison currently serves on the School Council at The Springfield Anglican College. 


  • Licenced Private Investigator
  • Certification III Investigative Services
  • Prince 2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management
  • Prince 2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Acc, Fin & BusMan), University of Tasmania

Consulting Service Areas

Workplace Investigations

Need to resolve a challenging workplace issue?

Book a consultation with John or Alison to review your case.