Rita Bhattacharya

Executive Counsel

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0426 411 311

Rita is a lawyer with experience across all areas of employment and industrial relations law. Rita joined Workdynamic in 2022 having held senior/specialist roles at a number of law firms and an employer association. Recognised for her dispute resolution skills and ability to problem-solve and combine commercial outcomes with excellent technical advice, she is a seasoned litigator, investigator, and mediator. Rita also has significant industrial relations experience, having acted for employers to negotiate and draft numerous enterprise agreements, as well as resolve industrial and other workplace disputes.

Gella Rips

Executive Counsel

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0423 500 416

Gella is a seasoned employment and industrial relations lawyer with over 10 years’ experience. With a Masters in Labour Law and Relations and a background in both private practice and in-house roles, Gella delivers commercial and strategic advice across the full gamut of workplace issues, including Award and payroll compliance, transfer of business, contract and policy development, restraint of trade, enterprise bargaining, restructures, managing ill and injured workers, workplace investigations and executive terminations. She has acted for clients in various state and federal courts and tribunals, and regularly conducts workplace training on discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and effective grievance resolution. In 2022 and again in 2023, Gella was listed in Doyle’s Guide Employment & WHS Law Rising Stars – New South Wales

Sina Zevari

Executive Counsel

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0478 844 822

Sina is a highly skilled lawyer with over fifteen years of expertise, and has been a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Employment & Industrial Law since 2013. As Executive Counsel at Workdynamic Australia, Sina provides practical and effective legal advice in relation to a broad range of employment, discrimination, harassment and industrial relations matters. He is adept in conducting complex and sensitive workplace investigations, including bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment and other forms of workplace misconduct.

Lisa Amy

Senior Associate

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0430 884 474

With a background in litigation, Lisa joined Workdynamic in 2013. During her tenure thus far, Lisa has conducted investigations on behalf of government departments, major universities, and numerous private sector clients. Lisa has notable experience with issues pertaining to ‘reportable conduct’, having completed 100s of investigations in this area.

Anicia Clarke

Senior Associate

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0450 077 614

Anicia is a highly skilled legal professional with more than ten years’ experience in workplace investigations, litigation, environmental law and criminal law. She has meaningful experience conducting various types of investigations, including reportable conduct, reportable incident and misconduct investigations. She is an experienced litigator, including conducting matters before the Local Court, District Court, and the Land and Environment Court.

Jennifer Donohue

Senior Associate

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0481 349 281

Jennifer has particular expertise in discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, grievance & disciplinary issues. She is an accredited mediator and recognised for conducting best practice workplace investigations both in the private and public sector. She has worked as a senior employment law practitioner in private practice and as a solicitor at the NSW Crown Solicitors’ office.

Laura Iezza

Senior Associate

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0466 903 355

At Workdynamic Australia, Laura is a specialist investigator. Laura is an experienced commercial lawyer with over 10 years’ post qualification experience, and applies her solid commercial underpinnings and experience to her workplace investigations in the areas of education and child protection. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Laura worked in government business, publically-listed corporate, and international private practice law firms.

Anna Kovalsky

Senior Associate

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0402 206 394

Anna is an experienced lawyer who has specialised in employment law, industrial relations and workplace investigations since her admission to legal practice in 2011. Anna has successfully assisted clients to navigate a broad range of industrial and employment issues including unfair dismissals, discrimination claims, adverse action, workplace investigations, disciplinary proceedings, restraint of trade, professional registration disputes and various contract issues. As Senior Associate at Workdynamic Australia, Anna has conducted numerous investigations and is often sought after by clients to carry out complex investigations into allegations of bullying and discrimination, sexual harassment, serious misconduct and public interest disclosures.

Mirna Oghanna

Senior Associate

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0402 354 151

Mirna is a skilled employment and industrial relations lawyer, having practised solely in this area since her admission in 2018. Mirna has advised clients in the public and private sector across a broad range of industries and is particularly versed in the application of awards and agreements. Mirna has carried out investigations for clients across the education, healthcare and government sectors.

Alison Page

Senior Associate

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0438 106 991

Alison has notable experience in workplace investigations and management reviews, particularly in misconduct matters and issues relating to child protection and the protection of vulnerable adults. Alison has advised on workplace matters involving bullying, harassment and discrimination issues in government, corporate, academic, and not-for-profit sectors including religious orders.

Meryl Remedios

Senior Associate

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0434 863 018

Meryl is an employment law specialist with eleven years of post-qualification experience. She advises clients on all aspects of the employment lifecycle. Meryl has conducted and advised on many complex investigations for corporate and public sector organisations. With a particular interest in workplace diversity, Meryl regularly advises clients on diversity from compliance and best practice perspectives and working with clients to develop strategies to meet their business objectives. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Meryl headed the national workplace investigations team at global law firm, Dentons.

Claire Shelvey

Senior Associate

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0434 651 109

Claire has over 12 years’ post qualification experience. She specialises in conducting investigations into student misconduct and workplace bullying and harassment complaints and child protection matters for both government and corporate clients. Claire worked as a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz before joining Workdynamic Australia, where she developed a proficiency in contractual matters and complex contract negotiation.

Maria Soffici

Senior Associate

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0413 765 308

With more than a decade of post qualification experience, Maria’s experience spans all areas of employment law, including advising employers during enterprise agreement negotiations, representing employers during litigation, facilitating mediation discussions, and conducting workplace investigations both in the private and public sector. Before commencing at Workdynamic Australia, Maria worked as an Employment Counsel at the ABC.

Annette Tyrrell

Senior Associate

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0410 435 539

Annette has more than 20 years’ post qualification experience conducting private and public sector/statutory investigations within the UK and Australia. For the past 12 years she has focussed on workplace misconduct matters in NSW, working as an investigator, employment tribunal advocate, conciliator and Workplace Standards Advisor before joining Workdynamic Australia as a Senior Associate.

Drusilla Barsoum

Associate

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0420 282 034

Prior to joining Workdynamic in 2023, Dru acted for and advised a range of public and private sector clients in her role as a lawyer at Holding Redlich gaining valuable experience in leasing, capital transactions, planning, development and environmental sustainability, wills and estate planning, and construction law.
Dru’s prior experience has proven invaluable in her adaptability and ability to resolve complex problems. Her mature approach has been evident when completing investigations alongside our senior team members into allegations of sexual misconduct, bullying and harassment, academic misconduct and inappropriate misconduct.

Emma Croskery

Associate

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0478 753 692

Emma graduated with a conjoint Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) in 2019. Since her admission as a solicitor in 2020 she has provided legal advice and undertaken investigations for clients across the public and private sectors. Emma’s experience includes acting for clients in contractual disputes, underpayment claims, and proceedings initiated by the Fair Work Ombudsman. This has included proceedings in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court, Industrial Relations Commission, and District Court of NSW. She has also undertaken investigations in relation to alleged workplace bullying and harassment, student misconduct, and public interest disclosures.

Rebecca Cullen

Associate

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0418 257 844

Rebecca is an experienced lawyer and investigator, having conducted a range of investigations for government and corporate clients. Rebecca also has over ten years’ professional experience as a solicitor in banking litigation, insolvency and restructuring at global law firm Dentons, along with a secondment to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in its dispute resolution and investigations team.

Chloe Huang

Associate

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0468 662 798

Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Macquarie University and completion of the Practical Legal Training, Chloe was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of NSW in August 2023. Having been employed at Workdynamic Australia in the role of Paralegal since early-2022, Chloe joins the legal team well acquainted with all aspects of investigations and employment law.

Roxanne Lalopoulos

Associate

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0417 320 741

Along with her legal expertise, Roxanne brings a wide variety of experience working across a broad range of workplace relations matters with clients in both the public and private sector. Roxanne has worked on a number of investigations for both government and private sector clients, and on a wide range of employment law matters. Prior to joining Workdynamic, Roxanne worked as a lawyer in workplace relations, as an Employee Relations Advisor for a federal government body, ran her own registered training organisation, provided workplace coaching and has been in house legal counsel for a small business.

Nikki Michel

Associate

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0412 862 070

With more than eight years’ legal experience, Nikki has a background in professional indemnity and general liability defence work. At Workdynamic, Nikki has carried out numerous investigations for public sector clients, specialising in the education sector, and in reportable conduct investigations for Department of Communities and Justice.

Annika Schell

Associate

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0423 474 568

Annika brings to Workdynamic her exceptional experience as a Forensic Manager at Deloitte Australia. In this role, Annika conducted investigations into financial crime, wage compliance and employee conduct. This experience has proven to be invaluable in her assistance to the senior team at Workdynamic on investigations including allegations of maladministration, conflicts of interest, and unprofessional conduct.
Her analytical approach has been evident in her research and interpretation, and in drafting advice for clients across the private and public sectors

Lisa Strous

Associate

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0412 962 070

Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Lisa gained insight into commercial dealings through her 9 years’ business experience. Previously Lisa worked as a Solicitor for Herbert Smith Freehills for almost 4 years specialising in employment law. Lisa currently specialises in reportable conduct investigations for Department of Communities and Justice, and in student misconduct matters for a major university.

Rochelle Trimmer

Associate

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0416 145 242

Rochelle is an accomplished practitioner with 11 years’ experience in criminal law before joining Workdynamic in 2018. Rochelle is skilled at distilling complex factual scenarios and reaching well-reasoned findings, and put these skills into practice in investigations on behalf of not-for-profit organisations, and public and private sector clients.

Dan Wilkinson

Associate

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0488 743 361

Dan is a commercially astute lawyer who has specialised in employment and labour relations law and workplace investigations since his admission in 2017. Dan’s experience includes advising on unfair dismissals, adverse action, discrimination claims, and various contract issues. He has represented clients at Local, District, Supreme and Federal Courts, Fair Work Commission, and Australian Human Rights Commission.

Wilson Zhang

Associate

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0411 838 896

With a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales, Wilson is an experienced lawyer and investigator who has specialised in the field of general employment law, workplace investigations and professional conduct investigations. Prior to joining Workdynamic, he worked in the professional regulation space, in the areas of professional misconduct by accountants, professional duty of care, and employment disputes in public practice accounting firms.