The PCS legal team, led by our Directors, is highly regarded in both
the Australian and international markets. Servicing clients across all
industries within our practice areas, as Australia’s trusted employment lawyers, we pride ourselves on our
accessibility, commerciality and relationship-based approach to
our professional work.
Joydeep HorFounder & Managing Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Joydeep Hor is the Founder & Managing Principal of PCS.
Joydeep is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program and one of Australia’s most high-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs. He is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Chartered Fellow of the UK’s CIPD.
The 2019 edition of “Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits” identifies Joydeep as one of only two Leading Lawyers in this area of law in the Asia-Pacific region. It says: “People + Culture Strategies’ “amazingly good lawyer” Joydeep Hor is enthusiastically recommended by peers who describe him as “incredibly strategic: a lateral thinker who is entrepreneurial in his approach, which clients appreciate”.”
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.
Joydeep started his career at one of Australia’s largest commercial law firms, before moving to a 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, conferences 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 (most videos are available in this site’s “Resources” section). Since 2016, Joydeep has represented Australia at the prestigious International Forum on Employment Law and he regularly presents at International Bar Association conferences.
In July 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People + Culture Strategies (“PCS”). 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 hundreds of 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).
Kathryn DentDirector email@example.com
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). Kathryn has also completed the “Leading Professional Service Firms” executive education program run by Harvard Business School.
Kathryn has practised exclusively as a workplace relations lawyer for in excess of 20 years advising and representing employers across a range of industries in non-litigious as well as litigious labour and employment law matters and more recently Boards in relation to corporate governance issues. A lawyer who prides herself on her accessibility, responsiveness and pragmatic approach in partnering with clients has seen Kathryn regularly engaged to investigate and mediate workplace disputes and to deliver corporate training across all levels of an organisation including to Boards and senior executives. Kathryn also enjoys regularly presenting at seminars and conferences and conducting Board evaluations and is a current author of several chapters of the LexisNexis publication “Workplace Law”.
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 and holds the position of non-executive Director on the Board of The Cerebral Palsy Alliance, convenes the NSW ER/IR Committee for AHRI, has recently been appointed to the National Advisory Board for Employment for the Accommodation Association of Australia and the Subject Advisory Committee of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Michelle CooperDirector firstname.lastname@example.org
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 OliverDirector email@example.com
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.
Tracey PaceChief Operating Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sitting as a member of the PCS Leadership Team, Tracey provides the direction and insight necessary to ensure PCS has effective operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to grow and, ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.
Tracey joined People + Culture Strategies in July 2010 as the Firm’s Financial Controller, and as Chief Operating Officer, now oversees and manages the various support functions of the Firm.
Tracey has worked as a finance professional across various industries and with many high profile organisations, such as George Patterson Y&R, Accor Asia Pacific, Fairfax Media and Olympus Imaging Australia. She has a particular interest in the areas of taxation, compliance, financial analysis and strategic planning.
Tracey attained her Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting) in 1999 and has been a Certified Practising Accountant since 2003.
Tracey enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, keeping fit and planning holidays.
Roxanne FischExecutive Counsel email@example.com
Roxanne has over 10 years’ experience working in private practice and in-house across Australia and the UK. Roxanne has a track record of achieving favourable outcomes for her clients, assisting them in navigating the workplace relations framework and solving complex employment related issues.
Roxanne joined People + Culture strategies after returning from the UK where she worked for an immigration practice specialising in complex litigation in the areas of asylum, immigration and human rights and advised clients on a broad range of UK immigration matters.
Prior to the UK, Roxanne worked in a specialist employment law firm advising both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law and workplace relations. Roxanne then worked in-house as the National Employee Relations Manager for a large publicly listed company where she led the industrial and employee relations function for the business.
Roxanne was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW in May 2008 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Psychology at Macquarie University. She is also registered as a Foreign Qualified Lawyer in the UK.
Ariane McGingSenior Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariane commenced her legal career at a boutique CBD firm in 2012 practising in a range of areas matters, including property, banking and consumer law, but has always had a particular focus on employment law.
She regularly negotiates, drafts and advises on employment-related documents such as contracts of employment, service agreements and workplace policies. She also advises on termination of employment, compliance with workplace laws, performance management and workplace disputes and protection of confidential information and intellectual property. Ariane has worked with clients in a broad range of industries including banking, professional services, retail and manufacturing. She has a commercial and client-focused approach on all aspects of employment law and workplace relations.
Ariane was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW in July 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Kate StaudeSenior Associate email@example.com
Kate has over 12 years’ experience in private practice across Australia, the UK and South Africa.
She is passionate about employment law and provides pragmatic and timely advice to her clients. She regularly advises on redundancies, performance management, workplace investigations and dismissal procedures. Kate is experienced in conducting employment-related litigation including unfair dismissal claims, discrimination claims and post-employment restraint proceedings.
Having recently worked in a global corporate company, Kate also brings a unique commercial approach to matters. She enjoys assisting clients with complex workplace issues and providing strategic advice on matters which have reputational significance for clients.
Kate is an admitted solicitor in Australia, England & Wales and South Africa.
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.
Brittanie, A graduate from NIDA (Musical Theatre), Brittanie has a varied career ranging from musical theatre to Shakespeare. After studying acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film & Theatre, Brittanie returned home to Australia to make her professional debut at The Hayes Theatre Co with RPG’s Big Fish (The Witch), and went on to perform in Chapel Off Chapel’s Ordinary Days (Claire), as well as making the semi-finals of the Rob Guest Endowment (2017). Brittanie has made appearances on Channel 9 on various children shows and The Voice (S3).
Since then, she has opened for artists such as Damien Leith (Australian Idol), Marlissa (X-Factor), and Taylor Henderson (X-Factor). She has workshopped many original Australian musicals, including Sydney Theatre Company’s Muriel’s Wedding (Rhonda), and New Musicals Australia’s Evie May: A Tivoli Story (Evie May) with director Damien Ryan. Brittanie has performed at The Hayes Theatre Co season launches, as well as Neglected Musical’s Big River, and various New Musicals Australia readings.
Her recent credits include Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar (Packemin Productions), Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Theatre & Company), and Sport For Jove’s Othello and The Wars of the Roses.
Embla joined PCS as an Ambassador in October 2019.
Growing up in London in a Swedish speaking home, Embla’s first professional appearance was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium UK). She went on to feature in two operas, La Boheme and The Magic Flute (Farrer Theatre, Eton) before moving to Sydney in 2009. Embla graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2016. Most recently, Embla understudied and performed the roles of Charity Barnum and Jenny Lind in Barnum, the Circus Musical (Storeyboard Entertainment) other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Brigadoon (The Production Company), Mrs Spencer in Merrily We Roll Along (Little Triangle), Oklahoma! (The Production Company), Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Ozpanto/Bonnie Lythgoe), A Little Cabaret(Little Triangle) and Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim (Spears Entertainment). She was honoured to be a Semi-finalist for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment award. Embla’s film credits include SALLY (Thundamentals) and Maddison in Three Summers (dir. Ben Elton).
Mollie joined PCS as an Ambassador in October 2019.
Mollie has been an enlisted soldier in the Australian Army, Afghanistan Veteran and former Australian rugby union player turned Fox Sports panellist, sports commentator, MC and President of the Classic Wallaroos.
Mollie played for the Australian Army Rugby Team since 2009, and the Australian Services Rugby Team since 2011. Mollie has represented Australia in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, a Tri-Nations Series against NZ and Canada and the 2016 Rio Olympics with the Australian Women’s Sevens team.
Mollie is also a passionate advocate for PTSD, mental health and resilience projects.