Rebekah Giles

Rebekah Giles

Partner Sydney, Australia

Rebekah is Partner in Kennedys’ Sydney office specialising in reputational risk, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Rebekah acts for a broad range of clients ranging from high profile individuals to insurers, in Australia and other common law jurisdictions. She advises professionals dealing with all types of reputational risk including disciplinary/regulatory matters, regulatory investigations and prosecutions (ASIC, ACCC, ATO), defamation claims, IP disputes, sports law as well as a broad range of commercial disputes. Rebekah has a particular interest in privacy and media matters.

In addition to her private practice, Rebekah serves on industry boards and committees including the Centennial Parklands Foundation and Greater Western Sydney Football Club (GWS Giants). She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Ambassador for the Fertility Research Clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. Rebekah is former secretary of the Association for Women in Insurance and sat on the Litigation Law & Practice Committee of the Law Society of NSW. 

In 2017 Rebekah was honoured with the Alumni Award for Excellence from the Faculty of Law from her alma mater, the University of Technology Sydney.

Leader in her field particularly where financial services providers or individuals in the public eye are concerned

Chambers and Partners - Dispute Resolution 2017

Market recognition

  • Rebekah Giles in Sydney is described by one client as a "very intelligent, very impressive, full-service reputational lawyer who wins most of her cases."
    Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific - 2020

  • Rebekah Giles "combines a deep, intellectual knowledge of the law with a practical and commercial approach to complex problems."
    Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Dispute Resolution) 2019
  • A Leading Individual (Band 4) for Dispute Resolution “excellent at translating complex legal issues into digestible form" and is further recommended as a cool-headed, commercial lawyer who "knows how to handle difficult, unusual or unpredictable situations," a talent well suited to her frequent engagement on defamation, professional negligence and other cases entailing significant reputational risk. She headed the team advising Unaoil and three of its owners with regard to litigation against Fairfax Media concerning allegations of bribery and corruption published in the Sydney Morning Herald and other media.
    Chambers and Partners – Dispute Resolution - 2018

  • Leader in her field particularly where financial services providers or individuals in the public eye are concerned”
    Chambers and Partners - Dispute Resolution 2017

  • "a very charismatic negotiator who knows when to compromise and when to push hard, and is good at getting the appropriate outcome" 
    Chambers and Partners – Dispute Resolution - 2015
  • 'Up and Coming'
    Chambers and Partners - 'Dispute Resolution - 2016
  • A Recommended Lawyer for Dispute ResolutionLegal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014 – 2017.
    “Strong both technically and commercially.”

Work highlights

• Representing Unaoil and the Ashani family in relation to the media issues arising from allegations of bribery published globally by Fairfax newspapers.

• Representing Dame Carol Kidu in proceedings for misleading and deceptive conduct arising from her inclusion in a documentary concerning the development of Paga Hill, Papua New Guinea.

• Representing Pankaj and Radhika Oswal in a range of proceedings arising the appointment of receivers to the Burrup Fertiliser Plant in Western Australia.

• Acting for a range of high profile individuals in investigations and legal proceedings initiated by the Commissioner of Taxation alleging fraud and evasion.

• Representing the interests of London market insurers in the class actions brought against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia arising from the Storm Financial matter.

Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016