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About Rachel

Rachel is a Special Counsel in the firm’s employment and workplace advisory group. She provides considered and practical advice on all aspects of employment law. Rachel regularly advises on workplace change and restructures, employment disputes, contracting, industrial relations strategy, and employment issues in commercial transactions.

Rachel acts for clients in the professional services, finance, property, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and health sectors. She is also committed to her work across the not-for-profit sector.

Rachel joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2016 and was appointed as Special Counsel in August 2022.

Rachel graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with honours.

“Rachel is first class. She is highly capable, exceptional, experienced and responsive.”

Client quote, Corporate service provider

Practice focus

Rachel’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • strategic workplace planning and change management
  • engagement of employees and termination of employment
  • terms and conditions of employment
  • the protection of confidential information and intellectual property
  • workplace investigations and employment disputes
  • industrial bargaining, disputes and relationship management
  • workplace policies, procedures and compliance
  • executive employment and exits; and
  • employment aspects in commercial transactions.


Rachel’s recent experience includes acting on behalf of:

  • Chargrill Charlie’s: in relation to the employment aspects of the sale of business to Craveable Brands
  • Private company in the services industry: managing large scale and historical underpayments and industrial disputes
  • ME Bank: in relation to the employment aspects of its $1.325 billion sale to the Bank of Queensland
  • A health network: in relation to wholescale restructures, industrial disputes, renegotiations and multiple private employment disputes
  • A national retailer: in relation to various employment disputes
  • Slater & Gordon: in relation to consecutive large-scale restructures, protracted enterprise bargaining and various employment disputes
  • A manufacturing company: in relation to industrial action, enterprise bargaining and dealings with multiple unions
  • A financial services provider: in relation to the termination of employment and the enforcement of post-employment restraints and the protection of confidential information, and
  • Various clients in the property, financial services, retail, education and not-for-profit sectors: in relation to structuring and enforcement of employment obligations, the engagement of independent contractors, policy development and implementation, workplace investigations, termination of employment, employment issues arising from sale/acquisitions, underpayment allegations, transfer of business and redundancies, and managing sensitive executive exits.

“She explains the concepts well, provides prompt advice and supports me through the difficult emotional pressures created by legal workplace issues.”

Client quote, Property development company

Directorships & memberships

  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

Awards & recognition

Rachel is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, including:

  • Best Lawyers® International: employee benefits law, and
  • Doyle’s Guide 'Rising Star' employment and workplace health & safety.

Recognition & publications

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