Rachel Bernasconi - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Rachel Bernasconi

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 61 2 8256 0416

Rachel Bernasconi is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia specialising in employment, labour law and discrimination matters.

Rachel is described by her clients as "a real standout lawyer", "a fabulous asset", "skilled in discrimination matters" and “an excellent lawyer who gives digestible advice in a practical and structured form:” Chambers Global 2012; Chambers Asia Pacific 2013. Rachel has been recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013, and she is currently ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers International.

Rachel has recently taken a lead role representing some of Australia’s leading companies in their high-profile disputes with large unions. She has also worked closely with large corporates 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: 
--Assisted a large government business enterprise to defend breach of contract claims, NSW Contract of Carriage Tribunal proceedings and complex adverse action proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court
--Acted for a large transport company in successfully defending breach of enterprise agreement proceedings with significant implications for future business restructuring 
--Successfully defended Federal Court proceedings commenced by a union seeking declarations as to coverage of an enterprise agreement which, if successful, would have imposed significant restraints on business flexibility 
--Made submissions to the Federal Government on behalf of a large employer with an employer-sponsored superannuation fund regarding the implications of proposed changes to superannuation legislation affecting superannuation provisions in modern awards and enterprise agreements, resulting in a favourable change to the legislation 
--Successfully resolved a contentious senior executive termination for a not-for-profit organisation without resort to litigation 
--Appeared for employers in the airline industry in award modernisation and award review proceedings from 2009 to 2013. 

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

Seyfarth Shaw is a global leader in labour and employment law with over 800 lawyers in the United States, London, Shanghai and now Australia. For over 65 years, the firm has been recognised as a premier labour and employment law firm representing many of the world’s largest companies. Seyfarth Shaw is an acknowledged innovator in delivering legal services more effectively, efficiently and transparently. The firm has gained acclaim for its innovative SeyfarthLean client service model, which incorporates the core principles of Lean Six Sigma to the delivery of legal services.

University of SydneyUniversity of SydneyLL.B 1998

Office Location

Level 40,
Governor Phillip Tower
One Farrer Place
Sydney, NSW 2000

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits Law
Labour and Employment Law