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Bridget Little

About Bridget

Bridget Little leads Arnold Bloch Leibler’s workplace advisory practice. She provides practical, clear and tailored advice on all aspects of workplace and employment law.

Bridget has a particular focus on employment litigation, discrimination law and advising on terms and conditions of employment, terminations and redundancies. She acts for clients across various industry sectors, including finance, retail, health, construction, energy and resources and not-for-profit.

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2014, Bridget undertook a seven-month secondment with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, in the Workplace, Discrimination and Disputes Unit. During this time, Bridget worked on high profile litigation spanning the fields of discrimination, industrial relations and complex employment arrangements. Bridget has previously worked in the Commercial Litigation team at Allens and was involved in a large class action, smaller corporate litigation and a range of discrimination disputes in both the public and private sector.

Bridget graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She is currently completing her Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Practice focus

Bridget’s practice spans advisory work and litigation, and includes:
  • complex employment litigation and dispute resolution;
  • strategic workplace planning and change management;
  • discrimination and equal employment opportunity;
  • engagement and termination of employees;
  • terms and conditions of employment, including contracts of employment, executive employment and remuneration, the enforcement of post-termination restraints and the protection of confidential information and intellectual property;
  • industrial bargaining, disputes and relationship management;
  • workplace policies, procedures and compliance; and
  • workplace investigations, including dealings with the Fair Work Ombudsman, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate and WorkSafe.

Directorships & memberships

Bridget is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.

Experience

Bridget’s recent experience includes acting on behalf of:

  • An ASX listed corporation: in relation to major litigation in the Federal Court of Australia, concerning allegations of discrimination and breach of contract;
  • A large resources and mining company: in relation to litigation in the Federal Circuit Court in Western Australia, concerning allegations of adverse action;
  • A major health provider: in relation to the negotiation of multiple enterprise bargaining agreements and disputes raised by the relevant union;
  • Various professional services, retail, health and hospitality enterprises: in relation to structuring and enforcing employment obligations, executive contract negotiations, the engagement of independent contractors, implementing redundancies and the termination of employees;
  • A manufacturing company: in relation to dealings with the relevant union, enterprise bargaining and agreement disputes;
  • A large construction company: in relation to an investigation brought by the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate concerning the categorisation and payment of employees; and
  • A large retail company: in relation to negotiations with WorkSafe and the application of workplace premiums.