About Derek Humphery-Smith
Derek leads our firm’s international practice, driving our strategy to be the independent Australian firm of choice in our key overseas markets: US, UK, Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
Derek also co-ordinates our five commercial groups to ensure they remain constantly client focussed and working collaboratively as a seamless commercial offering for both Australian and international clients.
Derek also continues to practise in all areas of workplace relations and safety law. He operates extensively across both the public and private sectors with experience in all Australian jurisdictions.
Clients who have retained Derek include prominent Australian and international companies and government bodies such as: Reece Australia; Medibank Private; Malaysia Airlines; Ord Minnett; The University of Melbourne; Victoria Police; Parliament of Victoria; Telstra Super; Deutsche Bank; Port of Melbourne Corporation; Crown Resorts; and the Australian Football League.
Examples of Derek’s recent significant matters in the public and private sector include acting for:
- Malaysia Airlines co-ordinating its investigation into the disappearance of MH370
- the Privileges Committee for the Parliament of Victoria in respect of its investigation into Geoff Shaw, the then Member for Frankston
- Richmond Football Club investigating the distribution of an intimate image by a player immediately following the 2017 AFL Grand Final
Derek is regularly sought out by employers when matters are sensitive or where media interest will be high.
As a former AFL field umpire, Derek retains his strong interest and involvement in AFL football through his weekly radio program on SEN (1116AM).