Joydeep Hor is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program and one of Australia’s most high-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.
Having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney where he majored in English literature together with his Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degree, Joydeep went on to complete a Master of Laws at the same institution, focusing on labour and employment law. Joydeep has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers every year since 2010 and also in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession.
Joydeep started his career at Freehill Hollingdale & Page (as it then was), before moving to another specialist workplace relations firm where he was made an equity partner at the early age of 28. He was managing partner of that firm from 2005 to 2010. Joydeep’s first book “Inside Employee Screening” was published in 1999 and he has authored several books since that time, including “Managing Workplace Behaviour”, “Managing Termination of Employment” and “Finders Keepers: A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Great Employees”. He has been a keynote speaker at countless conventions and industry events and for many years has been appearing on television programs for Channel 7, the ABC and Sky News as a thought leader and commentator in his areas of expertise. In 2016 Joydeep represented Australia at the International Forum on Employment Law in Portugal and he has been an invited speaker at multiple International Bar Association conferences.
In July 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People + Culture Strategies. PCS was established to be unlike any other legal firm given its emphasis on working with its clients to prevent disputation and legal problems arising within their organisations, as opposed to a mere “reactive” provider. PCS now services over 1000 employers (with a strong reputation particularly in handling sensitive employee separation issues, matters of workplace bullying and harassment and developing strategic solutions to organisation’s people management challenges). Clients of the firm include Mars, Coca-Cola, Yum! Restaurants, Cochlear, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Tesla, Coles, Sony Universal, Mercer and many other household name businesses. The firm has sustained revenue growth in excess of 20% every year due to the strength of its value proposition and its “partnership-based” approach to clients and billing. PCS is a member of Innangard, a global alliance of specialist Labour and Employment law firms, giving its clients access to some of the best labour and employment lawyers around the world.
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 practiced 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 practices 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.
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.
For the 10 years prior to joining People + Culture Strategies Ben advised and represented both employers and employees in the area of employment law, with a strong focus on work/occupational health and safety laws.
Ben has assisted clients of all sizes in various industries including finance, agriculture, construction and warehousing, in addition to various not-for-profits.
He has represented clients before various courts and tribunals in employment matters, including the Fair Work Commission (and its predecessors), the NSW Supreme Court, NSW District Court, Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Court.
Ben has also appeared on behalf of clients in the NSW District Court (and predecessor Industrial Relations Commission of NSW) defending against WHS/OHS prosecutions by safety regulators such as SafeWork NSW, and has assisted clients in WHS/OHS investigations and the preliminary stages of coronials.
Ben completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) from the University of Western Sydney in 2005. In 2014 he completed a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, with a focus on employment and WHS.
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.
Lyndall commenced with PCS in October 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University.
She started her career in human resources at one of Australia's leading banks and decided it was the workplace relations aspect of human resources which interested her the most. She went on to work as a Judge’s Associate in the then Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and was admitted as a solicitor in December 2005.
For the next six years Lyndall worked in private practice at a national specialist employment law firm where she advised on the full spectrum of workplace relations and employment law matters with clients in multiple industries including telecommunication, aged care, and infrastructure. She then practiced as an employment lawyer in London for three years carrying out employment litigation and advice for Government.
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.
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. 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.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. 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.
Sam holds a double degree in Law and Commerce from Griffith University in Queensland. Since early 2013 Sam has worked solely in employment and labour law, both in private practice and with a peak employer association. In his spare time, Sam enjoys surfing, reading and playing soccer. Sam joined People + Culture Strategies in March 2016.
Jessica joined PCS in August 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Arts and Law combined degree at Macquarie University. In her degree she focused on anti-discrimination in employment and dispute resolution.
She expects to be admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court in mid-2017.
Alicia, an Olympic Gold Medallist at the RIO 2016 Olympics, is the firm’s inaugural Ambassador.
Alicia was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW and grew up with her older sister and younger brother. She played every sport as a child until she decided to focus on Touch Football and she represented the Australian Women's Open Touch Football team at the World Cup in 2011. Following this tournament she received an invitation to play Rugby 7’s. Alicia debuted for the Aus Women's 7’s team in 2012 in London. Moving to Sydney in 2014 Alicia became one of the first professionally contracted Australian Women's 7's players.
Alicia played every minute of every game during Australia's successful Olympic Games campaign in Rio in August 2016. Following this extraordinary achievement, Alicia was inducted into the Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame and awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
Outside of rugby, Alicia recently completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree through Charles Sturt University Albury. She studies Portuguese in her spare time.
The addition of Alicia as PCS Ambassador reflects the dual commitments and passions of the firm for fostering an environment of high performance for female talent and rugby.