Joydeep is the firm’s Founder and Managing Principal. He is one of Australia’s most well-known workplace relations lawyers due to his high media profile (both as a sought-after media commentator and prolific keynote speaker including appearing regularly as a guest commentator on Sky Business Channel) and his representation of several high profile clients throughout his career.
While an expert in all areas of workplace relations, Joydeep is one of Australia’s “go to” lawyers for complex and sensitive terminations of employment and also for addressing all aspects of workplace behaviour and culture (such as bullying and harassment).
With professional qualifications already as a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Chartered Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Personnel and development, a Master of Laws from University of Sydney (where he previously completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature) Joydeep has been accepted into and is currently completing Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Program.
Kathryn practices exclusively in the area of workplace relations law. Her advice and representation extends to non-litigious as well as litigious matters with extensive experience in relation to workplace investigations (including fraud, misconduct and sexual harassment), investigations by regulatory authorities (including WorkCover and the Fair Work Ombudsman) and corporate training (including Workplace Behaviour + Culture, Anti-Bullying, Performance Management and Performance Reviews).
In addition to employer clients, Kathryn has also been a long-term advisor to membership-based organisations and their members, as well as senior executives. She also enjoyed a role on the disciplinary tribunal of a sporting organisation and has recently been appointed as a non-executive Director on the Board of The Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Kathryn is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in the area of Employment and Industrial Law. She holds a Masters of Labour Law and Relations, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).
Michelle has practised solely in the area of workplace relations for over seventeen years. Prior to joining PCS, she worked at a leading Australian law firm. Michelle advises both private and public sector clients in a broad range of industries including transport, retail, finance, property and manufacturing. She focuses on providing timely and practical advice to clients to achieve their business objectives. When disputes arise, Michelle has the skills and experience to guide clients through the litigation process.
Michelle’s areas of expertise include negotiating and drafting employment contacts; performance management of employees; termination of employment, including unfair dismissal and unfair contract proceedings; drafting and interpreting industrial instruments; advising on and implementing redundancies; the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions; discrimination issues and acting for senior executives.
Michelle has a particular focus on occupational health and safety law, ranging from advising clients on compliance obligations to defending prosecutions. This has included being available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide an immediate response to incidents and being involved in the successful defence of a prosecution against a mining company.
Chris practises exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations and prior to joining PCS, worked as a Partner in a global commercial firm. Although assisting employers of every size, Chris’ practice focuses on partnering with both global and domestic corporations in all aspects of their individual and collective workplace relationships.
Although Chris’ commercial acumen and strategic approach makes him particularly adept at achieving early resolutions to even the most complex disputes, Chris is experienced in all areas of workplace related litigation including matters before the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors, the Industrial Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, District Court of New South Wales, Local Court, County Court of Victoria, Australian Human Rights Commission (and its predecessor), AntiDiscrimination Board of NSW, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Chris was a foundation author of the CCH Master Human Resource Manual, authoring several chapters relating to workplace Health and Safety, Workplace Surveillance, Pre-employment vetting and Background Checks, and Whistleblowers.
Siobhan heads up PCS Melbourne office with significant experience specialising in workplace and industrial relations.
Her experience spans a wide range of industries including construction, maintenance, labour hire, contact centre, manufacturing, tertiary education, resources, health and the finance/insurance sector. Her particular focus is on industrial relations, employment relations and major project strategy and co-ordination. She has a demonstrated ability to balance the often divergent interests of various stakeholders and to assist with successful introduction of cultural, structural and process change.
In 2010, she was named by Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession as a Rising Star in workplace relations and was “praised for her direct and no nonsense advice and her strength in the industrial space”.
Siobhan is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Laws from Monash University.
Deivina has specialised as a labour and employment lawyer for the majority of her career, proactively advising employers in relation to their obligations, restructuring, industrial disputes, disciplinary action and termination of employment.
Prior to joining PCS, she worked as Principal at a national commercial firm and as an associate to Senior Deputy President Acton, of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
Deivina’s areas of expertise include: general employment advice, drafting of contracts, policy drafting, acting for employers in unfair dismissal matters, providing tailored workplace training, defending clients in discrimination matters, and conducting workplace investigations.
Deivina holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Laws from Monash University and is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and the Law Institute of Victoria. Deivina is a Director of Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, and a former board member of The Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre.
Therese MacDermott is an academic at Macquarie Law School where she is teaching Discrimination and the Law, Dispute Management and Resolution and Law, Lawyers and Society.
Therese has a diverse legal background that includes a number of years in private legal practice, an appointment as a part-time Tribunal member hearing discrimination cases and experience in legal consulting in the Pacific. Her particular expertise lies in the areas of dispute resolution, labour law and anti-discrimination law. Therese has published extensively in these areas and is a regular presenter at conferences and a commentator on discrimination and employment law issues.
Joellen Riley is currently on a leave of absence from PCS.
Dr Joellen Riley is Professor of Labour Law at Sydney Law School, where she teaches employment law subjects in the Master of Labour Law and Relations program (including Advanced Employment Law, and Executive Employment), and a range of commercial law subjects in the undergraduate LLB curriculum. She is co-author with Rosemary Owens and Jill Murray of The Law of Work (OUP), now in its second edition. A digested version of her doctoral thesis has been published as Employee Protection at Common Law (Federation Press, 2005).
Joellen has also published a number of books on federal workplace legislation, includingIndependent Work Contracts (Thomson, 2007). She is also a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, and has published a number of articles on aspects of employment and workplace relations law.
Joellen joined People + Culture Strategies as a Consultant in March 2011.
Alison has worked exclusively in the area of workplace relations and employment law in excess of 10 years in various jurisdictions for leading Australian law firms and as an Associate to a Member of what is now the Fair Work Commission.
Alison has advised private and public sector clients, including all levels of government, in relation to workplace relations and employment-related matters.
Alison has represented clients before various courts and tribunals, including the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court, the Fair Work Commission (and its predecessors), the NSW District Court, the Victorian County Court, and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Employment Relations) (with Distinction) from the University of Wollongong.
Erin Lynch completed a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Wollongong and was admitted as a solicitor in August 2008.
Before joining People + Culture Strategies Erin worked in both the private and public sector with a focus on employment law.
Erin has experience in dealing with corporate employers, local government and individuals on a variety of workplace issues.
Erin appears in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court, District Court and Local Court.
Erin also recently completed Harvard Business Schools Key Executives Program.
Sina has extensive experience in providing legal advice, representation and assistance to employers, institutional clients and individuals in a range of private and public industry sectors, including aviation, transport, mining, education, professional services, construction, not-for-profit and government.
Sina is committed to assisting clients to find legally and commercially effective solutions to legal issues, and has experience in providing practical and timely advice and assistance in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters at Federal, State and local level.
Sina is one of the Law Society of NSW’s Accredited Specialists in Employment and Industrial Law and holds a Master of Laws, with an exclusive focus on employment law and workplace relations.
Ned holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (History) (with distinction) degrees from the University of Deakin (Melbourne). Ned was admitted as a solicitor in October 2010.
Before joining People + Culture Strategies Ned worked in a leading Australia law firm specialising in the area of workplace relations and employment law.
Ned provides advice with an emphasis on commercial, operational and pragmatic solutions and has represented clients before various courts and tribunals, including the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, the Fair Work Commission and Magistrates’ Court.
Ned joined People + Culture Strategies in November 2014.
Kirryn James is currently on a leave of absence from PCS.
Kirryn James completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business, majoring in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management in 2008.
Prior to joining People + Culture Strategies, Kirryn worked for a specialist employment law firm. Kirryn was admitted as a solicitor in December 2009.
In her experience, Kirryn has worked with a range of corporate clients assisting them across a number of areas. Her experience includes:
Kirryn has also assisted individuals in relation to various issues regarding their employment.
Kirryn joined People + Culture Strategies on commencement.
James holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales and was admitted as a solicitor in December 2011.
James works closely with senior managers and human resources managers to obtain effective outcomes to legal issues that suit the business. James has advised and represented private and public sector clients across a number of industries including construction, media, transport, financial services and aged care in relation to employment law and industrial relations matters.
James appears before various courts and tribunals including the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Fair Work Commission and the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission.
Prior to joining People + Culture Strategies, James worked in a national law firm and a global law firm in the area of labour and employment law for a number of years and prior to his admission worked as an advisor at the Fair Work Ombudsman and its predecessor agency, the Workplace Authority.
James joined People + Culture Strategies in March 2015.
Beverley holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Marketing and Business Law) from the University of New South Wales. Beverley was admitted to practice in early 2014.
Beverley originally joined the firm as Paralegal to pursue her interest in workplace relations before being promoted to Associate. Since her commencement, Beverley has assisted in:
Previously, Beverley worked in advertising, servicing blue chip clients such as Suncorp, Nestlé and St George Bank. Beverley clerked at a commercial law firm during her penultimate year of postgraduate studies, and developed experience across areas of health, entertainment and employment law.
Alexis holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (double major in Cinema & Cultural Studies and Anthropology and Social Theory) also from the University of Melbourne. She is expecting to be admitted to practice in May 2015.
Prior to joining PCS Alexis worked as a research assistant for a well known Employment Law / Industrial Relations Barrister at Law in Melbourne and was responsible for researching cases and legislation, drafting legal correspondence and court documents, as well as organising briefs.
Before studying Law, Alexis was involved in various roles within the film Bollywood film industry and still has a passion for film and film history.
Alexis is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and joined People + Culture Strategies in October 2014.
Vajiha holds a Bachelor of Laws-LLB (Hons) from Glasgow Caledonian University together with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is expecting to be admitted to practice in 2016.
Prior to joining PCS Vajiha worked as a Trainee Solicitor in the UK for a number of firms where she assisted with criminal, civil and local council matters including taking witness statements, assisting in High Court matters and also preparing court documents.
Vajiha joined People + Culture Strategies in November 2014.
Elizabeth joined the firm in March 2014 as a paralegal during her undergraduate studies. In December 2014, Elizabeth graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Laws. Elizabeth is now currently undertaking study in a Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law and expects to be admitted as a solicitor in late 2015.
Elizabeth has assisted the legal team with:
In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her horse and travelling during her time off. Elizabeth is excited to be apart of the PCS’s first Graduate Program and looks forward to continuing her career within the firm.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. He expects to be admitted as a solicitor in 2015. Prior to joining PCS, Michael worked as a Supervisor in a large call centre, where he developed skills in customer service, employee management and meeting clients’ needs. Outside work, Michael enjoys eating out, is a keen follower of politics, and spends as much time as possible at the beach.
Michael joined PCS in February 2015.
David holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Politics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is expecting to be admitted as a solicitor in October 2015. Before moving to Australia, David worked as an associate producer in the newsroom of Canada’s largest private broadcaster. While in law school David pursued his interests in employment and sports law as a research assistant focusing on the legal issues arising from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s enforcement of its policies within the Australian context. David loves to play tennis, golf and travel around the globe in his spare time.
He joined People + Culture Strategies in February 2015.