MARK COX

Director

Nikita Barsby

Special Counsel

Samantha Lyon

Senior Associate

Madeleine Brown

Associate

Lauren Wright

Lawyer

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Mark Cox

Mark (BA LLB Hons, University of Melbourne) leads the specialist employment law team at MDC Legal. He has over 19 years practice, mainly in industrial, workplace and employment law. In previously 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 “market leader” in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In addition to providing strategic and front end advice and implementing employment 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.

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Nikita Barsby

Nikita (BA LLB, Murdoch University) is Special Counsel at MDC Legal, with almost a decade’s experience in workplace and employment law. She is recognised as a recommended employment lawyer in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession in 2018, 2019 and 2020. 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. Email: [email protected]

Samantha Lyon

Sam (BA hons LLB, University of Western Australia) is a Senior Associate at MDC Legal. Sam has practiced in employment law since 2011. Prior to commencing with MDC Legal, Sam worked at the largest independent law firm in Perth and an international plaintiff firm where she gained experience working for employers, employees and unions. Prior to joining the legal profession, Sam worked in various workplace relations roles, including as a Labour Relations Adviser for the State government and resource companies.  Sam is focused on providing her clients with practical advice to manage their workforce and resolve issues and disputes.  She is well versed in matters related to employment contracts, enterprise agreement negotiations and drafting, workplace policies, performance management and dismissal, grievance procedures, and workplace investigations. Sam has also assisted companies to defend claims of unfair dismissal, general protections, anti-discrimination and contractual provisions.

Email: [email protected]

 

Madeleine Brown

Madeleine (BA LLB, University of Western Australia) is an Associate at MDC Legal. Prior to joining MDC, Madeleine had a varied professional background, which included working as a paralegal in private practice, volunteering in the community sector and most recently as a lawyer at a peak employer union. As a lawyer at MDC, Madeleine assists clients with tailored solutions across a wide range of employment law matters from unfair dismissal, general protections, and restraint claims to assisting employers conducting disciplinary and performance management procedures, drafting contracts and interpreting modern awards and enterprise agreements.

Email: [email protected]

Lauren Wright

Lauren (BA, JD, University of Western Australia) is a Lawyer at MDC Legal. Lauren graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Juris Doctor and completed her practical legal training with the Piddington Justice Project. Lauren has worked in the area of employment law since 2017 as a paralegal, both in private practice and at the Employment Law Centre of Western Australia. Lauren advises on all aspects of State and Federal workplace laws, including unfair dismissals, general protections, post-employment restraints of trade, discrimination, bullying, drafting and interpreting employment contracts, performance management, redundancies and terminations.

Email: [email protected]

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