Our Team

Jane Wright

Director and Principal, Workdynamic Australia
jane.wright@workdynamic.com.au

0407 416 681

Jane Wright

Since her admission as a legal practitioner in 2000, Jane has developed a reputation as a specialist in workplace investigations, employment and discrimination/diversity issues. Jane’s knowledge and experience comes from her work as a director of Workdynamic Australia since 2013 and her thirteen years working for top tier law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Jane has also worked in London for a year where she acted for the UK Law Society dealing with interventions into practices the subject of closure for misconduct or bankruptcy.

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

Jane has a Bachelor of Commerce with Merit (Specialising in Accounting and Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours). Jane was the recipient of the University Medal for law in 2000 and the CPA Accounting Medal in 1998. Jane holds a current practising certificate.

WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS

Jane has extensive experience and knowledge in all areas of employment and discrimination/diversity laws. This experience spans advice based work (for example, legal advice on specific issues, policy/contracts reviews), litigious work including representation at hearings, conciliations and conferences and strategic advice. Jane has also considerable experience working in in-house roles, particularly in the University sector.

Jane is also recognised for her expertise in managing and conducting workplace investigations. Her experience ranges from small issue specific investigations to large scale investigations involving a large number of witnesses and issues across both private and public sectors. Jane also has considerable experience managing legal firms, union or employee representatives and clients as part of this process and always ensures that the report or conclusion of the investigation accords with the client’s needs.

RECOGNISED SPECIALIST

Jane is regularly asked to speak at external conferences in respect of her knowledge of investigations and employment law issues. Jane’s decision to found Workdynamic Australia, and her experience working in an innovative job-share arrangement with co-founder Lauren Barel, has been featured in the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, the Australian, Lawyers Weekly and Women’s Agenda. Jane and Lauren were also finalists in the 2013 National Australia Bank/ Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Jane also participated in the “Women in Leadership” series with IBM.

For over 4 years, Jane played a key role in writing and updating the Australian chapter of Jordan’s “EU and International Employment Law Journal”.

Jane has published a number of newsletters on sites such as Lexology regarding employment, investigation and discrimination/diversity issues. In particular, Jane has published widely on the issues of workplace bullying and adverse action claims.

Lauren Barel

Director and Principal, Workdynamic Australia
lauren.barel@workdynamic.com.au

0411 688 371

Lauren Barel

Lauren provides expert employment law advice on matters such as executive contracts, termination of employment, enterprise bargaining and employment-related litigation. Lauren also specialises in conducting investigations into workplace issues such as discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Lauren has been profiled in The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, ABC TV, Sky News, Lawyers Weekly and Women’s Agenda. She and partner Jane Wright have attracted widespread media interest in respect of their innovative job-sharing model and the creation of Workdynamic Australia.

In 2013, Lauren and Jane were finalists in the NAB Women’s Agenda Awards in the category of ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’.

Before forming Workdynamic, Lauren spent over a decade as an employment lawyer at top-tier firm Herbert Smith Freehills. In that role, Lauren managed large-scale litigation, complex legal advice and high profile corporate transactional matters involving large teams of lawyers.

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

Lauren holds Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales. She holds a current practising certificate.

Following University, Lauren was selected from her graduate year to work as the Research Assistant for Justice Clifford Einstein of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2001.

IN-DEPTH EXPERIENCE

Lauren has extensive experience within all areas of employment and industrial law, and is a recognised specialist in equal opportunity law. She has acted for clients in relation to numerous discrimination, adverse action, bullying, sexual harassment and breach of contract claims before various courts and tribunals.

Lauren currently provides consultancy advice to the University of Sydney and forms an integral part of their in- house employment legal team.

Lauren has conducted numerous investigations of a complex nature. She has investigated bullying and harassment complaints involving multiple respondents, claims of reportable conduct and child sexual abuse overseen by the NSW Ombudsman as well as allegations of corruption within a Federal Government Agency pursuant to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth).

A RECOGNISED EXPERT

Lauren has presented numerous training sessions and legal briefings to executive leadership teams concerning a range of employment issues including managing ill and injured employees, recruitment, performance management, social media, conducting workplace investigations and equal opportunity law.

She is frequently invited to speak at external conferences, including at the IR Summit, the Fair Work Summit and the Law Society of New South Wales. Lauren was the co- author of the Australian chapter of the ‘EU & International Employment Law Journal’ for over 4 years. She has also published a number of newsletters regarding employment and discrimination/diversity issues.

Jonathan Wright

Director and Principal, Workdynamic Australia
jonathan.wright@workdynamic.com.au

0400 653 817

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in employment law and industrial relations issues in both the private and public sector.

Prior to founding Workdynamic Australia, Jonathan worked as an employment law specialist at Minter Ellison Lawyers where he provided specialist employment law advice and investigation services.

Jonathan’s reputation is built on delivering simple and practical solutions for complex problems. Jonathan’s experience spans the full gamut of workplace issues. He has assisted his clients with specialist advice on all things employment, negotiation and preparation of bespoke documents and the management of key stakeholders.

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

Jonathan hold a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the€“ University of Wollongong.

He holds a current practising certificate.

TOP-TIER QUALITY

Jonathan’s employment law experience is complimented by his grounding in administrative law and commercial dispute resolution.

Jonathan’s investigation expertise is well renowned. He has conducted and advised his clients in relation to investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment, adverse action, discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, poor performance, misconduct and fraud.

Jonathan is also a valued provider of investigation services to the Department of Family and Community Services and the Commonwealth of Australia. Jonathan has guided his clients in relation to high profile public inquiries dealing with corruption and fraud.

UNDERPINNED BY COMMERCIAL UNDERSTANDING

Jonathan has a keen understanding of how to manage employment issues so that businesses can achieve the best commercial outcome. Jonathan has undertaken significant stints as employment legal counsel and an industrial relations advisor with some of Australia’s largest private and public sector employers. In these roles, Jonathan has honed his commercial, strategic and practical approach.

Jonathan provides regular advice on how to best achieve workplace change – from implementing disciplinary action and cultural improvement initiatives, to carrying out major organisational changes.

DISPUTE PREVENTION AND RESOLUTION

Jonathan is committed to assisting his clients avoid the potential pitfalls of workplace management and provides a wide range of training options. This includes roundtable sessions, tailored workplace training and executive briefings on issues like workplace investigations, managing injured workers, performance management and key legal developments. Jonathan has also prepared numerous seminars for industry conferences and presented for the Law Society of New South Wales.

Jonathan is an experienced litigator and has acted for clients before specialist tribunals such as the Fair Work Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales and the Australian Human Rights Commission. He has also appeared as an advocate in Courts across both the State and Federal jurisdictions.

Kate Peterson

Executive Counsel
kate.peterson@workdynamic.com.au
0426 504 852

Kate is an experienced workplace lawyer and industrial advocate, with a record of providing strategic and commercial advice to clients based on exceptional technical and practical knowledge. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Kate worked as a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Kate is also an Adjunct Postgraduate Lecturer in Advanced Employment Law at the University of Sydney.

Meryl Remedios

Senior Associate
meryl.remedios@workdynamic.com.au
0434 863 018

Meryl has 7 years post qualification experience. Meryl has conducted and advised upon multiple investigations for corporate and public sector organisations. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Meryl headed the workplace investigations team at Dentons law.

Claire Shelvey

Senior Associate
claire.shelvey@workdynamic.com.au
0434 651 109

Claire has 13 years’ post qualification experience and worked as a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz before joining Workdynamic Australia.

Maria Soffici

Senior Associate
maria.soffici@workdynamic.com.au
0413 765 308

Maria has 7 years’ post qualification experience, including significant experience advising employers during enterprise agreement negotiations 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
annette.tyrrell@workdynamic.com.au
0410 435 539

Annette has 17 years’ post qualification experience conducting public sector/statutory investigations within the UK and Australia. For the past ten 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.

Lisa Amy

Associate
lisa.amy@workdynamic.com.au
0430 884 474

Previously a litigator with extensive experience in advising on catastrophic claims litigation and personal injury, Lisa brings a wealth of experience to her investigations.

Susan Colley

Associate
susan.colley@workdynamic.com.au
0411 802 417

With a background in corporate law, litigation, insolvency and tax, Susan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her practice. Admitted in 1999, Susan worked at Horton Rhodes and Sewell & Kettle Lawyers before joining our team.

Jennifer Harrington

Associate
jennifer.harrington@workdynamic.com.au
0457 361 275

Jennifer was admitted as a solicitor in 2011 and has a background in Asbestos Litigation. More recently, Jennifer worked directly for Robert Harrington (Barrister at Law) on workers’ compensation, employment law and public liability claims.

Laura Iezza

Associate
laura.iezza@workdynamic.com.au
0466 903 355

Laura is an experienced commercial lawyer with 10 years’ post qualification experience. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Laura worked in government business, publically-listed corporates, and international private practice law firms. Laura currently specialises in workplace investigations within the area of child protection with Workdynamic Australia.

Nikki Michel

Associate
nikki.michel@workdynamic.com.au
0412 862 070

Nikki has over 7 years’ legal experience, with a background in professional indemnity and general liability defence work. Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Nikki worked as a Senior Associate at Lander & Rogers Lawyers, and earlier as a Lawyer at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. In addition to her experience working in law firms, Nikki has worked in-house as a seconded legal advisor, handling major liability claims for two major insurers.

Carli Rothman

Associate
carli.rothman@workdynamic.com.au
0409 774 555

Since her admission as a solicitor in 2004, Carli has worked primarily as a criminal law advocate in a diverse range of locations throughout NSW. Carli specialises in workplace investigations within the area of child protection with Workdynamic Australia.

Rina Sheftalovich

Associate
rina.sheftalovich@workdynamic.com.au
0413 262 964

An experienced insurance and general commercial litigator and investigator, Rina has 17 years’ post qualification experience and worked as a Senior Associate at TressCox Lawyers and Dibbs Barker Gosling before joining Workdynamic Australia.

Lisa Strous

Associate
lisa.strous@workdynamic.com.au
0412 962 070

Before joining Workdynamic Australia, Lisa gained insight into commercial dealings through her 9 years of business experience. Previously Lisa worked as a Solicitor for Herbert Smith Freehills for almost 4 years specialising in employment law. Lisa also gained valuable experience in Community Law whilst working at the Crown Solicitors Office.

Rochelle Trimmer

Associate
rochelle.trimmer@workdynamic.com.au
0416 145 242

Rochelle is an accomplished practitioner with 11 years’ experience in criminal law before joining Workdynamic. Rochelle is skilled at distilling complex factual scenarios and reaching well-reasoned findings.

Ellen Jacobs

Office Manager
ellen.jacobs@workdynamic.com.au
0418 630 787

With a unique combination of experience and qualifications in business and project management, quality systems and litigation support processes, Ellen is responsible for managing the Workdynamic office and all administrative matters.

Alison Wright

Accounts Manager
alison.wright@workdynamic.com.au
0425 291 586

Alison is responsible for all accounts and other administrative matters.

Martina Hegarty

Administration Assistant
martina.hegarty@workdynamic.com.au
0415 066 185

Martina provides administrative support to the team and is the welcoming face at our office.