Rachel is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Workplace Advisory group. She provides considered and innovative advice on all aspects of employment law. Rachel regularly advises on workplace change and restructures, employment disputes, contracting, terminations, redundancies and industrial relations strategy.
Rachel acts for clients in the financial services, property, insurance, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and pharmaceutical 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 Senior Associate in July 2017.
Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Rachel worked in-house as part of Telstra’s workplace relations group, advising the business on human resources strategy, large restructuring initiatives and enterprise bargaining. Rachel has previously worked as a lawyer at the Australian Industry Group, where she specialised in employment disputes, advisory work (including discrimination law) and industrial relations.
Rachel graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with honours.
“She explains the concepts well, provides prompt advice and supports me through the difficult emotional pressures created by legal workplace issues.”
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;
- industrial bargaining, disputes and relationship management;
- workplace policies, procedures and compliance; and
- employment aspects in commercial transactions.
Directorships & memberships
Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
Rachel’s recent experience includes acting on behalf of:
- 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;
- A health services provider: in relation to an application before the Fair Work Commission, concerning allegations of bullying; 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, transfer of business and redundancies.