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.


Paul CutronePaul Cutrone is a partner in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. Paul is a recognized leader in the specialist field of health and safety law with 15 years’ experience as a partner and over 20 years in the field. Paul is recognized for his ability to combine keen insight with practical advice about legal compliance, risk management, investigations, enforcement action and legal proceedings. He provides strategic advice on health and safety matters, including incident management, dealing with regulatory notices and litigation, policy issues, due diligence, governance and assurance processes. Paul has also advised and represented employers in more than 149 workplace deaths and is also recognized as a coronial law expert.

Paul advises directors, executives and managers for leading employers. His clients span a number of sectors including retail, energy and resources, transport, construction, manufacturing, finance, telecommunications and government. He is acknowledged in Chambers Asia Pacific 2013-15, Best Lawyers 2015 and is retained by peak industry bodies to advise on emerging WHS legal issues.


Ben Dudley is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. Ben specialises in industrial relations and employment law and advises major Australian and international corporations on a broad spectrum of matters, including enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, discrimination, post-employment restraints, contractual disputes and general human resources issues.

Ben has more than 10 years’ experience advising clients across a range of industries, including aviation, banking, financial services, general services, insurance, manufacturing, mining, retail, transport and telecommunications.


Luke Edwards is a partner in the International Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  He has over 10 years of experience and is qualified in both Australia and the UK.

Luke advises various multinational and Australian-based clients in all aspects of employment and industrial relations matters. His clients come from a range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals, gaming and transport and logistics.


Chris Gardner is a workplace relations lawyer who assists leading employers on high stakes advice and litigation.  He has a particular passion for advising on workplace strategy and enterprise bargaining and representing employers in union-related litigation.  But he also advises and represents employers in individual litigation such as termination of employment, adverse action and bullying.  He has worked with clients across sectors including construction, logistics, manufacturing, maritime, mining and telecommunications.


120 x120 janeJane Hall is a partner in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. Jane has almost 20 years experience in the public and private sectors. With three of those years spent working in-house in legal and operational roles, she has a unique and in-depth understanding of clients’ needs.

Jane has extensive experience in crisis management across a range of industries and jurisdictions, including  advising on stakeholder management, internal and external communications, management of employee welfare, investigations, briefings, remedial measures and expert engagement. Jane is known for her responsiveness, commitment and ability to handle delicate situations.


Darren Perry is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia, and is the Managing Partner of our Australian offices. Widely regarded by clients and peers as a leading practitioner in his field, Darren acts in all areas of employment and labour relations law. He has represented clients in a number of landmark cases, including the successful defense of a $100 million class action brought against a major bank. Darren was awarded 2012 Lawyer of the Year for the Employment category of the Best Lawyers International list.

Darren has expertise in executive contracts and remuneration and handling disputes relating to the termination of executive employees. He is prominent in advising major employers on collective bargaining strategies, responses to industrial action and major workplace change projects. Darren is an experienced advocate in all courts and tribunals in which employment and labour-related litigation is conducted.


Henry Skene is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  Henry has more than 15 years of experience advising employers and business owners in all aspects of workplace relations.

Henry is known for his strong rapport with clients, and for working collaboratively with business owners and managers, to assess business problems, and implement innovative, commercially focused and long-term solutions.


Michael Tamvakologos is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia.  Michael’s practice includes both advisory and litigation work.

Michael advises clients concerning all facets of industrial and employment law, including executive recruitment, remuneration and termination issues; bargaining, industrial action, industrial disputation, and breach of enterprise agreement claims; application for approval of enterprise agreements (including appearing in contested hearings); outsourcing and transfer of business; general protections and discrimination matters; breach of contract, wrongful and unfair dismissal, restraint of trade and unfair dismissal claims; and claims relying on the Australian Consumer Law.