People + Culture Strategies ("PCS") is a leading Australian employment law firm and management consulting business.
PCS is a trusted adviser to Australian and international employers
of all sizes and across all industries,
servicing those organisations purely in the fields of labour and employment law and strategy.
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Amnesty really can’t thank you enough for the advice and support you provide us. You take our issues on with no hesitation and provide in-depth analysis and advice at such short notice, regardless of the many matters I imagine you already have on your plate! It’s such a comfort to know we’ve got you on speed dial! Joydeep, you’ve built an amazing team!
Thanks PCS … we are indebted to you!
Georgie Kelso, Senior Human Resources Consultant Amnesty International
It was not the best of times earlier in the year when we engaged the services of PCS but we arrived at an outcome that was fair and for some the best case scenario.
We have also enjoyed working with you and your team, your professional nature and your down to earth approach to the matters.
We have taken your advice on board about future changes to contracts and roles, also considering our existing matters, and plan to implement these shortly.
Andy Warwick, National Sales & Marketing Manager Polyfabrics Australasia
Thanks to you for your exceptional client relations, it’s made a bad experience far less painful for us.
Many thanks to all involved in your great company & it was great to meet you all. When we were recommended to contact Joydeep we could only have hoped for the top-notch assistance that we have received.
Exceptional work … thanks for your patience and calmness.
Glenn Barlow Nan’s Tarps
I have known and worked with Joydeep since his time at [his original firm]. During my 5yrs with Wolters Kluwer we were moving through some pretty big cultural and structural changes that required a business partner rather than just a solicitor. Joydeep always managed to provide me with expert legal counsel but understood that it always had to be focussed on delivering the best outcome for the business. I valued his judgment and input into the decisions that were made for our business. I would recommend his services to any company that is looking for a business partner in managing the risks of running a business as opposed to just another lawyer providing you with legal advice.
Vice President Human Resources Hilton Worldwide
I have worked with Joydeep Hor on various projects and complex legal disputes over a period of 4 years and can understand why he is considered one of the leaders in his field. As General Counsel of an international blue chip organisation, I need fast, efficient advice and most importantly, I need it to be right.
One of the most impressive qualities of working with someone like Joydeep is his varied experience and knowledge, which enables him to approach each issue with a commonsense and commercial approach so as to minimise risk and ensure a commercially viable outcome each time.
As clients, we sometimes need firm counsel to focus us and ensure we are approaching matters commercially rather than emotively, and Joydeep, although always respectful of the client relationship, is also strong enough to ensure he is providing you with what you need to hear as apposed to what you want to hear.
We have also used Joydeep to rollout various large national and transnational projects including workplace behaviour and performance management systems.
Amongst other facets of these projects preparation and delivery of tailored training programs is definately one of Joydeep’s greatest strengths.
He is by far the most effective presenter I have ever worked with, making his presentations interesting, on point and impactful.
Our staff always enjoyed his training sessions and they seem to always “get it.”Above all, Joydeep is actually a really down to earth and nice person which makes working with him even easier.
I have great confidence in Joydeep’s counsel and highly recommend him to anyone wanting an experienced, highly competent lawyer which will always ensure the best commercial outcome in the circumstances every time.
General Counsel Daikin Australia
I have worked with Joydeep Hor since 2001 and have taken his services with me across two companies. I continue to benefit from his on-going legal support, advice and training. His communications skills with all levels of the business are exceptional and his sessions always attract positive feedback. I strongly recommend Joydeep’s input to add value to your entire team/Company and moreover, to help resolve issues when you need that extra assistance.
Head of HR Premier Media Group (Fox Sports)
Joydeep has provided wise counsel to our firm and our clients for several years. Joydeep has an excellent understanding of business and human capital trends. He delivers timely and cost-effective results. A great adviser to have on your side!
Luke Heath Chandler Heath Recruitment
I’m loving the Legal Basics for Emerging HR Professionals 4 Part series. It’s a brilliant refresher with access to real experts in their field in a smaller group setting that allows plenty of time for individual questions. This course is a great way to pick up the latest nuances and changes in law and practice.
Simone Sietsma, Senior HR Professional
To be honest, as an HR professional, who has been in the game a long time, I would not use anyone else here in Sydney. I have the utmost faith in Joydeep and his team of experienced Industrial Relations Specialists, Solicitors and Lawyers. PCS is in my opinion the best workplace law firm in the country.
Kim Milne, Senior HR Professional
Schenker has been partnering with Joydeep and other members of the PCS team for nearly a decade on its workplace relations legal matters. In addition to representing us nationally in various courts and tribunals he has conducted numerous training programs for our business (particularly with a view to improving our line management capability). He is well-respected (and trusted) by our CEO and senior managers and has added enormous value to me personally as a sounding-board on often complex and sensitive employment issues.
Vice-President, Human Resources DB Schenker
Gateway Community Health is a small not-for-profit Company. We do not have the resources to employ specific IR/Legal personnel. We have used the services of People + Culture Strategies to assist us in managing sensitive industrial issues. The advice, assistance and expertise provided has been invaluable in leading us through the complexity of the IR/legal arena. The advice we received was timely, considered and sound. I feel very confident that our company’s interests are protected by PCS.
Chief Executive Officer Gateway Community Health
Virgin Active has been working with Joydeep for over a decade having moved our work to him from another firm based on his assistance to us in rethinking our approach to regulation of our workforce. Since that time we have worked closely with Joydeep and his team as we have continued to grow in Australia. The PCS team has consistently demonstrated and respected the uniqueness of our brand and our approach to people management. They have combined an awareness of the relevant legislative framework with acutely commercial advice.
Head of People Experience Virgin Active
We have worked with Joydeep (and the team at PCS) on a variety of workplace relations projects and legal issues including in relation to the complex area of employment contracts and restraints as well as the development and rollout of a national policy and training program for workplace behaviour. Joydeep has a practical and commercial approach. As a presenter, Joydeep is particularly effective in creating a staff training environment for senior and junior staff where the message gets through. Joydeep provides more than legal advice – he is a partner in HR strategy – and we highly recommend Joydeep and his firm as a leader in contemporary workplace relations in Australia. PCS is in our view the best management side law firm in the HR area in the country.
Managing Director Integrated Legal Holdings
I have had a long and rewarding association with Joydeep for many years. I have always been impressed with his integrity, ethics, ability to see issues from different directions and his outstanding ability to understand the culture of the organisation he is being engaged by. These are attributes that are critical for long standing and mutually beneficial business partnerships. Joydeep brings originality to the table when an organisation is looking to explore various options. Joydeep is not a lawyer that tells you why you can’t do things – he is a lawyer and business partner that advises on culture and strategy that will actually assist the organistion to achieve its objectives.
Brian Peters, Principal Human Capital Dimensions (former Personnel Director at Mars)
Employment law is a complicated area, regularly changing and with multiple overlays at the many different layers of government. Joydeep has the wonderful gift of being able to distill this complex regulatory environment into a language that we can all access. Joydeep has set a new standard for us in the quality of interactions we look for in a legal firm. He is not just ‘the lawyer’, he is a partner for our business.
Corporate Affairs Director The Wrigley Company
This (COVID-19 Crisis Webinar Series) was an excellent series and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to see all but the first one. They were so appropriate and informative, always interesting and I learned so much.
Dianne Cassen Johnson
Joydeep … I’ve been conducting an after action review and have run into some areas where your counsel and advice on protecting associates, managers and the business has been invaluable. You have instilled trigger words into my psyche that create positive action for good. Wanted you to know this. Knowing the business has utilised the best employment lawyer to educate me and my peers is of great comfort.
Global VP Quality Mars Wrigley Confectionery
Joydeep Hor receives tremendous praise for being
“visionary and suave in his approach”
and is considered to be
“the top option for employment law advice”.
Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2020
I just wanted to thank you for the excellent webinar that you delivered today.
I often attend webinars of this kind, however yours today captivated my attention every single minute, you delivered the message in a simple and precise way, with easy guidelines to follow.
Thank you so much.
Human Resources Manager Hyundai Mobis
Thanks to you (Rohan) and Joydeep for all your assistance over the past 12 months, and thanks Joydeep for the COVID19 webinar series … really helpful. In a time of challenge, but also a time of a flood of information from lots of different sources that was sometimes useful and sometimes not, your webinars stood out from others for being punchy, relevant and completely practical.
Angela Wellings, General Manager Enspira Financial
By the way – Joydeep, one of the better speakers I’ve listened to, he was awesome!
Multinational Logistics Business Senior Manager – June 2021
I’ve really appreciated PCS and the way you’ve serviced our legal needs over the years. Although not a huge client for you, PCS offers something very unique and superb.
Director, Asia-Pacific Adam Smith International, May 2021
Thanks for organising the (Behaviour & Culture) sessions with Rohan. I’ve been to a few sessions with similar content over the years and this one was by far the best. Please pass on my thanks, I really appreciated the material and Rohan’s style was so accessible and he raised some excellent – if challenging – questions.
Governance, Risk & Compliance Lead Flybuys May 2021
The main differentiator for People & Culture Strategies is they’re not just black-letter lawyers – they partner with you to help you run a better business, focusing on all things to do with your people. This is an innovative approach and the way forward with law firms.
90% of their work is in the Employment & Industrial space, so if you have a people problem in your business that you need solved holistically, they’re a good bet. They’ll work with you to have better policies and management in place so you can avoid disputes in the first place, not just knock them on the head when they occur.
A good option for people looking for a Sydney law firm that does all things people.
FirmChecker "Best Law Firms in Sydney" 23 June 2021
Hi Joydeep – really good session. Was very informative, enjoyed your facilitation and questions were great via the chat.
Senior HRBP, 24 June 2021 (referring to Investigations workshop) Australian Turf Club
Thanks so much for the follow up email, and webinar yesterday – my goodness Joydeep is fabulous!!! Exactly what we needed yesterday, and perfect timing for our business (and our parent company The Travel Corporation). I love Joydeep’s delivery and holistic approach to HR – brilliant! you don’t see many Lawyers like him!
Erin Simpson, August 2021 Down Under Tours
Hi Joydeep thank you for today’s webinar – it was outstanding and so perfectly timed. The way you deliver your presentations and challenge our way of thinking is truly inspirational. Thank you very much again. You certainly sharpened my thinking today!
Karen Conrades, August 2021 Community Housing Ltd
I wanted to share some feedback from Friday’s session with the Leadership Team. The team thought it was a fantastic session …
They also said it was thought provoking and provided some excellent discussion and conversation around the topics of harassment and bullying, which was exactly what we were after. They particularly liked the way you were able to bring the legal framework to life in a way that real life scenarios could be discussed in a safe forum.
The LT rated it as some of the best training they have completed as a team and a hugely beneficial session to do.
HR Lead for Australia Multinational FMCG Business, July 2022
Thanks ever so much for your help – the cost was worth its weight in gold. I really don’t know how I would have gotten through this without PCS’s help.
John Leith, CEO & Founder Oz Medicann Group
“Joydeep is very active and knowledgeable, with entrepreneurial thinking. … is highly professional with impressive expertise. … has an incredibly strong reputation as a highly strategic and solution-driven practitioner … (and) has a very keen expertise on labour and employment law in Australia.”
Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits 2022
I wanted to thank all of you for your support and excellent service. I am of course especially thankful to Joydeep and Tavishi for striving to get the best possible outcome for me in the difficult situation I was in.
“[Joydeep] I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you over the last 5+ years. I have learnt so much from you and I promise to always apply the People Management Quadrants in my daily workplace practices😊”
HR Manager, Business in the Construction Industry
Our International Footprint
PCS provides assistance to non-Australian businesses in respect of their Australian operations regularly as well as facilitating international support for its Australian clients.
The Firm is one of the most internationally connected and represented labour and employment law firm in Australia as the Australian member firm for Innangard, an international (non-exclusive) employment law alliance. Innangard brings together leading employment law specialists from around the world to collaborate on international and cross-border employment law and HR issues. Each Innangard member firm is individually recognised in its own country and jurisdiction for its expertise in labour and employment law issues.
PCS Founder & Managing Principal, Joydeep Hor, is a member of the International Bar Association (and has presented at IBA international conferences since 2015), the American Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the American Employment Law Council. He is also on the Steering Committee of the International Forum on Employment Law, an event he attends annually. Joydeep also speaks at the International Founders & Senior Executives Association conferences in London.
PCS regularly contributes the Australian chapter for international labour and employment law publications such as "Getting the Deal Through", Chambers Legal Guides, the Employment Law Review and many others.