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Rachel Bernasconi

Partner

Sydney
Direct: +61 2 8256 0416
Mobile: +61 419 975 849
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Rachel Bernasconi is a partner of the Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia, specialising in employment, labour law and discrimination matters. She works closely with large organisations, in relation to both blue-collar and white-collar workforces, to find solutions that meet their strategic aims whilst minimising their employment law risks.

Rachel has taken a lead role representing some of Australia’s leading companies in their high-profile industrial disputes. She has also worked closely with large corporates, and government business enterprises to:

  • Develop and implement strategic industrial arrangements and collective bargaining strategies
  • Reduce industrial and legal risks associated with major business restructuring
  • Manage and resolve complex industrial disputes and deal with industrial action
  • Manage discrimination and sexual harassment complaints and proceedings
  • Defend litigation in numerous Australian jurisdictions.

Most recently Rachel has: secured a termination of protected industrial action by Fair Work Commission on safety grounds; achieved a significant financial settlement for a client in respect of a breach of confidentiality by a former employee; and assisted a large corporate client navigate a difficult change management process without litigation by a highly militant union. Rachel also acted for Qantas in its much-publicised dispute with the Transport Workers’ Union and subsequent contested workplace determination proceedings before the Fair Work Commission, in what was widely regarded as a comprehensive victory for Qantas.

Rachel’s clients have described her as “magnificent: highly pragmatic and very commercial”, “an excellent lawyer who gives digestible advice in a practical and structured form”, and “a real standout lawyer". Rachel is recognised by Chambers and Partners, Doyles Guide, and Best Lawyers.

Rachel recently completed short courses in strategy and, management and negotiation at Harvard University.

Rachel Bernasconi is a partner of the Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia, specialising in employment, labour law and discrimination matters. She works closely with large organisations, in relation to both blue-collar and white-collar workforces, to find solutions that meet their strategic aims whilst minimising their employment law risks.

Rachel has taken a lead role representing some of Australia’s leading companies in their high-profile industrial disputes. She has also worked closely with large corporates, and government business enterprises to:

  • Develop and implement strategic industrial arrangements and collective bargaining strategies
  • Reduce industrial and legal risks associated with major business restructuring
  • Manage and resolve complex industrial disputes and deal with industrial action
  • Manage discrimination and sexual harassment complaints and proceedings
  • Defend litigation in numerous Australian jurisdictions.

Most recently Rachel has: secured a termination of protected industrial action by Fair Work Commission on safety grounds; achieved a significant financial settlement for a client in respect of a breach of confidentiality by a former employee; and assisted a large corporate client navigate a difficult change management process without litigation by a highly militant union. Rachel also acted for Qantas in its much-publicised dispute with the Transport Workers’ Union and subsequent contested workplace determination proceedings before the Fair Work Commission, in what was widely regarded as a comprehensive victory for Qantas.

Rachel’s clients have described her as “magnificent: highly pragmatic and very commercial”, “an excellent lawyer who gives digestible advice in a practical and structured form”, and “a real standout lawyer". Rachel is recognised by Chambers and Partners, Doyles Guide, and Best Lawyers.

Rachel recently completed short courses in strategy and, management and negotiation at Harvard University.

Education

  • LL.B., University of Sydney (1998)

  • B.Com., University of Sydney (1996)

Admissions

  • An Australian legal practitioner admitted in New South Wales (2000)

Affiliations

  • Law Society of New South Wales

Our Australian practice operates as Seyfarth Shaw Australia, a partnership affiliated with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a limited liability partnership established in Illinois, USA. Legal services provided by Seyfarth Shaw Australia are provided only by the Australian legal practitioner partners and employees of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.