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, with almost a decade’s experience in workplace and employment law. Nikita 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 Magistrates, 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 former a finalist in the Women Lawyers of WA Inc. Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, and in 2016 was also a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. Nikita is also a volunteer solicitor with the Employment Law Centre’s 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.
Nicholas (LLB/BA(Hons), University of Western Australia) is an Associate at MDC Legal. Nicholas advises organisations and individuals on their rights and obligations and has acted as instructing solicitor in proceedings in the Supreme Court of WA, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the WA Industrial Relations Commission, and the Industrial Magistrates Court of WA. Nicholas also has experience acting in complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission of WA, and regularly appears in conferences before the Fair Work Commission and WA Industrial Relations Commission. Prior to joining MDC Legal, Nicholas was an organiser and Industrial Officer at United Voice where he negotiated enterprise agreements with employers in the State and Federal industrial relations systems and appeared before the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
Gemma (BA/LLB Hons, University of Western Australia) is a Lawyer at MDC Legal. Gemma completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology at the University of Western Australia in 2015. Gemma has worked in employment law since 2013, first as a paralegal and then as a lawyer. She has a broad range of experience in providing advice and assistance to both employees and employers. Gemma’s experience includes assisting in statutory and contractual-based claims; drafting employment contracts and workplace policies; and providing legal and strategic advice on employee and employer rights and obligations, transfer of businesses, workplace investigations, disciplinary action, restructuring and redundancy and post-employment restraints.
Ruth (LLB/BA, University of Western Australia) is a Lawyer at MDC Legal. Ruth completed a summer clerkship with MDC Legal then joined the team in February 2016 as a part-time paralegal. Ruth completed her practical legal training at MDC Legal and was admitted as a lawyer in May 2017. At MDC Legal, Ruth advises and assists employers and employees across a range of employment law matters under State and Federal workplace laws, including unfair dismissal and general protection claims, restraints of trade, professional disciplinary proceedings, investigations/disciplinary processes and terminations, redundancies, contractual and statutory rights and obligations. Ruth has assisted with proceedings in the Supreme Court of WA, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the WA Industrial Relations Commission, and the Industrial Magistrates Court of WA. 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 clerkship’s at Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.