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Sarah Goegan

Lawyer
+61.3.9205.2130
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Ms. Goegan is a lawyer in our Labour, Employment and Workplace Safety group. She has experience assisting on a range of advisory and litigious matters for public, non-profit and private sector clients. Sarah has worked on employment, industrial relations, discrimination and workplace safety matters across all levels of the Victorian court and tribunal system, the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Professional Background

Ms. Goegan joined K&L Gates as a winter clerk and then as a graduate, completing the graduate program and gaining exposure to commercial technology and sourcing, real estate and labour, employment and workplace safety law.

Prior to working at K&L Gates, Sarah worked as a paralegal at a Melbourne property and town planning firm, where she gained experience in property litigation and planning disputes. She was also a paralegal at a commercial and intellectual property firm, where she assisted in various advisory matters involving ASX-listed and unlisted companies. She has also volunteered as a paralegal at two community legal centres.

  • Providing strategic advice on redundancy and drafting documents for the redundancy consultation process.
  • Drafting, reviewing and providing advice on workplace policies and employment agreements.
  • Advising a number of sporting organisations on various employment matters, including staff entitlements under applicable industrial instruments, secondary contracts, volunteering arrangements and entitlements to travel allowances and long service leave.
  • Assisting in an investigation into the conduct of the CFO of a community service organization including drafting allegations, considering the responses provided and making findings in relation to the alleged conduct
  • Assisting to collate information and prepare an investigation report involving the review of the findings of an investigation conducted by a large public hospital.
  • Assisting to prepare training material for a large public sector client on managing and investigating out of hours conduct.
  • Undertaking extensive discovery on a complex litigation involving multiple parties.
  • Assisting various public sector clients and community service organisations defend unfair dismissal, discrimination and general protections claims brought by employees.
  • Assisting a Melbourne university in a union dispute regarding its proposed enterprise agreement.
  • Assisting a government department in a large, multi-party industrial relations dispute over the validity of an enterprise agreement.
  • Assisting a public company to defend multiple underpayment claims brought by former employees in several different jurisdictions.
  • Assisting the Castan Centre for Human Rights law in its submissions as amicus curiae in Clubb v Edwards [2019] HCA 11.