MARK COX

Director

Nikita Barsby

Special Counsel

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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 20 years practice, mainly in industrial, workplace and employment law. He previously worked at 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, 2020 and 2021. 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 over 12 years’ experience in workplace and employment law. She is currently recognised in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession as the sole Preeminent employment lawyer (employee representation) behind Market Leader and MDC Legal Director, Mark Cox.  Previously, Nikita was recognised as a recommended employment lawyer in Doyle’s Guide in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Nikita has worked with national and mid-tier law firms prior to joining MDC Legal and also has experience as a volunteer solicitor with community legal centres.  Nikita has previously sat on various not-for-profit committees, including Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. and is regularly invited to speak at both legal and human resources conferences in the area of employment law.  Nikita has advocacy and negotiation experience in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia, in the Fair Work Commission and the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and in the Western Australian Equal Opportunity 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, restructures, 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.

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Tina Bellantoni

As Office Manager, Tina provides high end executive support to the Director, Special Counsel, Senior Associates and Lawyers, as well as managing the firm’s Administration Team and the day to day operations of the office. Tina also provides paralegal assistance, including preparing court files and briefs to counsel, lodging court documents and assisting with client file management. Tina maintains all finance related functions, including trust account and records management and also oversees the firm’s marketing, business development and events management. Tina has over a decade’s experience working in diverse finance management and accounting roles across various industries. Tina has also completed a Bachelor of Education and has formerly worked as a teacher in the Early Childhood industry.

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Sarah Kemp

Sarah (BSW, Curtin University, LLB (Hons), Murdoch University, NMAS) is an Associate at MDC Legal, with over 5 years’ experience in workplace, safety and employment law. Sarah has worked for national and mid-tier legal firms as well as working as Deputy Registrar at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Sarah has experience in advising senior management and human resource practitioners on a wide range of employment and industrial relations issues, including change management, restructuring, discipline and grievance investigations and award and agreement interpretation. Sarah also has advocacy and negotiation experience in the Fair Work Commission, Industrial Magistrates Court, State Administrative Tribunal and the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. She is a nationally accredited mediator, with prior experience conducting court mediations for employment and industrial disputes. Sarah advises employers and employees on employment and workplace laws, including contractual and statutory rights and obligations, unfair dismissals, general protections and discrimination claims, performance, discipline and safety matters and the drafting and interpretation of employment contracts. Sarah has a diverse range of prior professional experience within several fields which include human resources, equal opportunity law, mental health, state government and court administration.

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Clare Tunney

Clare (BMus Hons, DMusA, JD, University of Western Australia) is an Associate at MDC Legal. Clare first trained as a cellist and worked as a professional musician in Australia and Europe for over 15 years. In 2015, she completed the Juris Doctor at UWA, following which she worked for a trade union for 5 years, before joining MDC Legal in April 2021. Clare has experience advising on employment issues in the state and federal jurisdictions, across a range of industries.

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Lucy Wardle

Lucy Wardle (BA, JD, University of Western Australia) is a Law Graduate at MDC Legal. Lucy graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Australia in 2020 and is currently completing her Practical Legal Training with the Piddington Society. Lucy has assisted with preparing applications and responses for unfair dismissal and general protections claims, conducted legal research, and drafted advice to clients, deeds of settlement and letters to other parties.  Prior to joining MDC Legal as a law clerk in February 2020 Lucy volunteered in a variety of university and community groups, including Legal Aid WA and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Stephanie Close

Stephanie has over 8 years’ experience working in various administrative positions within the legal industry. Stephanie works efficiently and effectively, often in high-pressure situations, to assist MDC Legal’s lawyers and clients. As your first point of contact, Stephanie is experienced in discussing your legal inquiry and obtaining the preliminary information required for our lawyers’ initial consideration of a new matter. Stephanie provides paralegal assistance, including drafting court documents and preparing court files and briefs to counsel, and assists with client file management and all other office administration.

Stephanie has previously worked in conveyancing where she assisted with drafting correspondence and liaising with clients.

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