Rebekah French is a Senior Associate in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s Workplace Advisory group. She provides commercial advice on all aspects of employment law, including complex and sensitive litigation matters.
Rebekah has over 10 years' experience helping clients navigate the challenges that come from managing employees. Her experience is broad, including recruitment, government, industry and private practice.
Before joining Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2019, Rebekah was a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, which included a three month secondment at a Victorian Government department.
Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management). In 2013, she graduated from Monash University with a Master of Laws.
Rebekah’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
- defending unfair dismissal, adverse action discrimination and other employment claims and litigation
- disciplinary, performance management and termination of employment advice
- industrial bargaining, disputes and union relationship management, and
- workplace policies, procedures and compliance.
Directorships & memberships
Rebekah is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and Law Institute of Victoria.
Prior to joining the firm, Rebekah advised a variety of public, private and government clients on a range of matters, including:
- an IT contracting business: including defence of an alleged breach of contract claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria arising from non-payment of a bonus
- a motor dealership: in relation to strategic advice regarding alleged underpayment conducted by the relevant union
- a manufacturing business: in relation to claims of breach of post-employment restraint and fiduciary obligations
- various clients in the manufacturing and construction industries: in relation to enterprise bargaining, termination of enterprise agreements, greenfields agreements, union engagement and development of industrial relations strategies, and
- various Commonwealth and Victorian government agencies: in relation to adverse action litigation, discrimination litigation, and strategic advice regarding performance management and termination.