Mark (BA LLB Hons, University of Melbourne) leads the specialist employment law team at MDC Legal. He has over 17 years practice in industrial, workplace and employment law. In previous lives he was Associate to Chief Justice David Malcolm, worked in a commercial litigation firm, then as a senior associate of a national firm, and as Principal Solicitor of the Employment Law Centre. Mark is a well-regarded practitioner in workplace relations law, named as a “leading lawyer” in Doyle’s Guide 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition to providing strategic and front end advice and implementing contracts policies and procedures, Mark has conducted litigation and acted as counsel in several jurisdictions on “both sides of the fence” in a wide variety of matters, including injunctions and restraint of trade matters, protected industrial action, contractual claims, general protections and unfair dismissal claims, and bullying and discrimination claims.
Nikita (BA LLB, Murdoch University) is a Senior Associate at MDC Legal and has practiced in workplace and employment law for over seven years. She has worked with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Lynn & Brown Lawyers, prior to joining MDC Legal. Nikita has advocacy and negotiation experience in the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia, in the Fair Work Commission and in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. She advises employees and employers on all aspects of State and Federal workplace laws, including unfair dismissals and general protections matters, contractual and statutory rights and obligations, the drafting and interpretation of employment contracts, redundancies, performance management and termination and discrimination. Nikita also works with Human Resources practitioners and business owners in the development of workplace relations strategies, policies and procedures. Nikita is a volunteer solicitor with the Employment Law Centre’s Night Legal Service and with the Sussex Street Community Legal Centre Night Legal Service.
Joanna Knoth (BA LLB, University of Western Australia) is a Senior Associate at MDC Legal. Joanna has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Industrial Relations, for the University of Western Australia in 2008. Joanna has a strong employment law background, which includes experience in unfair dismissal and adverse action matters, industrial strategy and dispute contingency, enterprise agreement making, restructuring and redundancy, post-employment restraints, workplace investigations, equal opportunity and discrimination. In addition to commercial work, Joanna has represented employers in a variety of forums, including in the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Fair Work Commission and the WAIRC.
Conor (BCom BSc LLB, University of Western Australia, Monash University) is a Lawyer at MDC legal. Conor has a strong employment law background having worked in the employment law teams at Clayton Utz and two peak employer associations before joining MDC Legal. Prior to working in Law, Conor worked in human resources management roles in both large and medium organisations. Conor advises and assists employers and employees on various aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal claims, discrimination matters, general protection claims, restraint of trade, transfer of business, negotiation and approval of enterprise agreements, workplace investigations and drafting employment agreements and workplace policies. Conor has advocacy and negotiation experience in the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission and Magistrates Court of WA. Conor has also acted as instructing solicitor in proceedings in the Supreme Court of WA, Fair Work Commission, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Nicholas (BA Hons LLB, University of Western Australia) is a Lawyer at MDC Legal. Nicholas has experience working as an Organiser and Industrial Officer at United Voice, appearing in conferences in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) and negotiating enterprise agreements with public and private sector employers in the State and Federal industrial relations systems. Nicholas has also completed clerkships at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. During his time at MDC Legal Nicholas has advised employers and employees on restraints of trade and their contractual and statutory entitlements and obligations, and has assisted with proceedings in the Supreme Court of WA, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the WAIRC, the Industrial Magistrates Court of WA and the Magistrates Court of WA.
Jessie (BHlthSc JD, University of Western Australia) is a Lawyer at MDC Legal. Prior to legal practice, Jessie worked in workforce policy and planning roles in State government. Jessie has also completed internships at the Ombudsman WA and overseas in Ghana, clerkships at Clayton Utz and Howse William Bowers in Hong Kong. As a lawyer at MDC Legal, Jessie regularly assists in advising employees and employers across a range of employment law matters, including unfair dismissal and general protection claims, restraints of trade, investigations/disciplinary processes and terminations, redundancies, contractual and statutory rights and obligations. Jessie has assisted with proceedings in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Industrial Magistrates Court of WA and the Magistrates Court of WA.
Ruth Collins completed a summer clerkship with MDC Legal then joined the team in February 2016 as a part-time paralegal. In June 2016 Ruth completed her Bachelor of Law/Arts (Politics and International Relations) at the University of Western Australia. Ruth is currently undertaking her practical legal training and hopes to be admitted to the legal profession soon. Prior to joining MDC Legal, Ruth volunteered at Street Law Community Legal Centre where she worked as a paralegal. At Street Law, Ruth was responsible for assisting solicitors with providing legal advice to the homeless, as well as general policy research into homelessness in Western Australia. Ruth has also completed clerkships at Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.