Bede Gahan

Bede is a Partner in the Canberra Workplace Relations Group, specialising in workplace relations, discrimination and work health and safety law.

Clients seek Bede’s advice not only because of its technical excellence, but also because he is an expert at assisting his clients find practical solutions to their most complex workplace relations matters. Bede’s clients are often large and sophisticated employers that operate in complex regulatory environments, such as the Commonwealth public service, and the education, health and community services industries.

Bede assists his clients achieve the prompt resolution of matters involving inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, performance management, workplace investigations and public interest disclosures, work health and safety issues, complaints of unlawful discrimination or bullying, and unreasonable complainant conduct or querulent complainants.

Bede also assists clients resolve litigated matters in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia, as well as various tribunals and commissions such as the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission and the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Bede is recognised by his peers as being a leading employment lawyer by Best LawyersTM Australia and Doyle’s Guide.


Bede’s experience includes advising:

  • A Commonwealth government employer, from start to finish, in relation to the restructure of its entire operations. The work involved advising on proposed redundancies and redeployments, and template correspondence and communications with employees and the union, and successfully resolving claims before the Fair Work Commission arising from the restructure;
  • Various employers in relation to the management of disputes with employees with complex medical issues, or who are unreasonably persistent complainants or querulants;
  • Various Commonwealth government employers in relation to the negotiation of enterprise agreements, and disputes with employees and unions regarding the application of enterprise agreements;
  • The Australian Public Service Commission in relation to the making of the Australian Government Industry Award 2016;
  • A large employer in the education industry in relation to dismissals related to the safety of young people;
  • Various employers in relation to workplace investigations and investigations into whistleblower / public interest disclosure allegations; and
  • Various foreign employers, including embassies and High Commissions, in relation to entitlements under Australian employment laws and terminations of employment.

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