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.
Regarded for her clear and commercial advice, Rebekah works with clients across a number of industries, including media, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, construction and not-for-profit. She has worked on a number of high-profile matters including those relating to large scale restructures, complex employment litigation and employment aspects of sensitive business acquisitions.
Before joining Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2019, Rebekah was a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, which included a secondment to 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
- terms and conditions of employment, including contracts and enforcement of post-employment restraints
- employment litigation and dispute resolution, including unfair dismissal, adverse action, and discrimination
- disciplinary, performance management and termination of employment advice
- workplace investigations
- industrial bargaining, disputes and union relationship management, and
- workplace policies, procedures and compliance.
Rebekah’s recent experience includes acting on behalf of:
a large media company: in relation to JobKeeper, standing down employees, individual employee disputes, union negotiations and employee and union consultation
a retail business: in relation to high profile litigation in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia concerning allegations of adverse action
a listed FinTech company: in relation to a large-scale restructure and allegations of sex discrimination
a not for profit land council: in relation to sensitive management and exit of a number of employees
an accommodation services provider: in relation to litigation in the Federal Circuit of Australia concerning alleged breach of contract and underpayment of wages
an IT service provider: in relation to litigation in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal concerning allegations of discrimination
a hospitality business: in relation to the investigation and management of an employee following suspected fraud and misconduct
a horse breeder: in relation to unfair dismissal proceedings following dismissal for misconduct
a contract maintenance service provider: in relation to labour hire licensing and variations to contracts following site changes, and
a shopping centre: in relation to the restructure of its business and consequential redundancies due to the impacts of COVID-19 measures.
Directorships & memberships
Rebekah is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and Law Institute of Victoria.