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Gisella D'Costa

BCom, LLB (Hons) (Monash)

Senior Associate

Workplace Advisory

About Gisella

Gisella D’Costa is a Senior Associate in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s Workplace Advisory group.

She has over 15 years’ experience providing advice on all aspects of the employment relationship and workplace relations, with a particular specialisation in advising on the employment aspects of major workplace changes including restructures, redundancies, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing.

Gisella enjoys working with her clients to formulate practical solutions for dealing with workplace disputes and to develop and implement strategies to reduce the risk of disputes in the workplace.  She has been a trusted adviser to many clients in a wide range of industries during her years of practice and is recognised by Best Lawyers® International for her expertise in employee benefits law.

Gisella holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with honours from Monash University.

Recommended for Employee Benefits Law

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Practice focus

Gisella’s practice spans a range of workplace issues, including:

  • strategic workplace planning and change management
  • employment implications of business restructures, outsourcings and acquisitions
  • protection of confidential information and intellectual property
  • senior executive engagements, transitions and separations
  • disciplinary, performance management and termination of employment advice
  • workplace investigations and resolution of workplace complaints
  • industrial bargaining, disputes and union relationship management, and
  • workplace policies, procedures and compliance.


Gisella has advised on a range of matters, including more recently acting on behalf of:

  • an ASX listed corporation: in relation to litigation in the Federal Court of Australia concerning allegations of adverse action
  • a cybersecurity group: in relation to the harmonisation of employment contracts across the group
  • a large professional body: in relation to its casual workforce including award classification and entitlements and conversion to permanent employment
  • a large retail travel group: in relation to a proposed joint venture and the impact on its labour force including transfer of employment, employee benefits and entitlements and industrial instruments
  • a property consortium: in relation to the employment issues and transfer of employees on the takeover of works following appointment of administrators to the head contractor
  • a large contract manufacturer and packer: in relation to the employment aspects of its acquisition of shares in various co-packing entities
  • various firms and companies in the finance sector: in relation to enforcement of post-employment restraints and actual and threatened Court proceedings
  • an international design and manufacturing company: in relation to litigation in the County Court of Victoria concerning allegations of breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct
  • a commercial laundry services provider: in relation to an independent contractor claim in the County Court of Victoria
  • an emergency services provider and a women’s health organisation: both in relation to proposed enterprise agreements and agreement making process
  • a large professional association: in relation to the characterisation of its contractors and contractor entitlements, and
  • various not-for-profits: in relation to employment contracts, employee entitlements and restructures and redundancies
  • large retail companies: in relation to various employee entitlements, award compliance, contracts of employment, and making and approval of enterprise agreements
  • a range of employers: in relation to their workplace policies and procedures including handling grievances and complaints and investigations
  • a range of employers in a range of industries: in relation to managing employment and workplace issues arising from COVID-19 and associated government restrictions and measures including stand down, restructuring and return to work.

Awards & recognition

Gisella is recognised as a leading lawyer by an international guide to lawyers and law firms:

  • Best Lawyers® International: Employee Benefits Law.

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