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Rachel Cosentino

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Industrial and General Litigation, Practice Group Leader

Phone 08 9223 4800 Fax 08 9223 4850
Location Perth, Western Australia
Language English

Rachel has a unique and broad combination of commercial and litigation experience including industrial and employment law, partnership, company and trust disputes, associations, governance and  property law.

The breadth of her experience has enabled her to guide clients to resolution of complex and multifaceted matters.  

Rachel is listed in Doyles’ Guide as a Leading Employment Lawyer (Employee & Union Representation) – WA 2017.

Rachel has advocated for clients in the Federal Court, Supreme Court of WA, the State Administrative Tribunal, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Fair Work Commission and the Federal Circuit Court in matters involving:        

  • Collective Agreement making and industrial action
  • Right of entry issues
  • Disciplinary action, performance management and unfair dismissals
  • Discrimination and equal opportunity matters
  • Successfully opposing a company’s application to enforce a restraint of trade clause against an executive employee
  • Resolving partnership disputes with discretionary trusts and related party loans between corporate and trust entities
  • Representing not for profit sport associations in employment, disciplinary and governance disputes
  • Representing strata companies and strata owners in issues arising under the Strata Titles Act 1985
  • A group claim against a large financial institution of breaches of the Corporations Act and ASIC Act in the provision of financial services


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Litigation
  • Property Law and Strata Titles
  • Industrial Law
  • Equal Opportunity and Human Rights
  • Sports Law
  • Advising not for profit organisations on employment and HR policies
  • Drafting contracts of employment
  • Advising on contracts of employment
  • Negotiating mutual termination agreements

Career History

  • Since 2013 Slater and Gordon (practice group leader)
  • 2005 – 2013 Gibson and Gibson Lawyers (partner)
  • 2002 – 2005 Gibson and Gibson Lawyers (associate)

Memberships and Associations

  • Australian College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Department of Sport and Recreation Strategic Directions Reference Group
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Women Lawyers WA
  • Strata Community Australia (WA) Inc – President and member of Legal Affairs and Public Policy Committee
  • Strata Community Australia- National Legal Affairs Committee
  • Industrial Relations Society Inc
  • Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association Inc
  • Department of Sport and Recreation Human Resource Group Advisory Committee

Professional Qualifications and Admissions

  • 2000 High Court Roll
  • 1999 Admitted, Supreme Court of WA
  • 1998 Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia