HANNAH ELLIS / co-founder & PRINCIPAL
Passionate falls short of describing Hannah Ellis, co-founder of The Workplace.
Hannah co-founded The Workplace to change the way people think about their lawyers. She doesn't over-complicate matters or over-sell.
Instead, Hannah helps clients proactively manage their employee relationships and stay out of court when ever possible. When conflicts arise, Hannah applies an empathetic and rational approach, controls the damage, and works with clients to minimize future risk.
Before co-founding The Workplace, Hannah worked as a senior solicitor within the incorporated legal practice of an HR solutions company. Before that, she worked in a large global law firm. She graduated with first class honours and has HR/IR experience. She understands the commercial and legal pressures that employers face—and she lives for helping her clients navigate them.
Hannah prides herself on her vibrant, personable and dynamic approach. “My philosophy? Work hard, be nice to people, and stay humble,” she says.
Kim McGuren / PRINCIPAL
As a highly experienced employment lawyer, Kim keeps her clients focused on their end goals and wastes no time in getting them there.
Kim has specialised in employment law for over 18 years and, before joining The Workplace, worked in the employment team of one of Australia’s top tier corporate law firms.
Kim is technically excellent and commercially astute. She helps her clients navigate the regulatory environment whilst always working to achieve sensible and commercially sound outcomes that work for the client. “My aim is always to resolve issues on a commercial basis in line with the client’s goals wherever possible. I work closely with my clients in order to minimise the client’s stress, costs and exposure to adverse findings”.
Kim relishes getting to know her clients and their businesses and partnering with them in working out solutions to their workforce challenges.
PATRICIA RYAN / CO-FOUNDER & Consultant
After decades in practice, The Workplace co-founder Patricia Ryan is still surprised, excited, and inspired by her work.
“Employment law is about human relationships—and it’s fascinating,” she says. “There’s a constant pull between enabling a business, and working within defined regulations.”
Precise and pragmatic, Patricia navigates this give-and-take by analysing a given issue, identifying goals, and building a plan of action from the ground up. Trained as a mediator, Patricia has a special flair for conflict resolution. She successfully trains clients and their staff, offers concise solutions, and builds enduring client relationships.
Prior to co-founding The Workplace, Patricia worked in law firms and in-house, as well as with an employer association. Working extensively in employment and industrial law and human resource management, Patricia honed her pragmatic, people-oriented approach. “Most of the time, effective conflict resolution isn’t about one party winning and the other losing. It’s about finding a solution that keeps everyone’s dignity intact.”
ALina Kaye / SPECIAL COUNSEL
Alina combines her brilliant legal mind with a calm approach, to help her clients achieve practical, commercial outcomes.
Alina is client-focussed and practical, always looking to find commercial solutions to complex problems and issues. She believes in forming strong client relationships so that she can find solutions that align with client goals and strategy.
Alina is an experienced employment and industrial law specialist, who has worked with clients across a range of industries including media, finance, education, telecommunications, retail and hospitality. Alina has previously worked in a boutique employment law practice and in the employment teams of large, national and international firms. Her clients praise her calm, considered and highly strategic approach to workplace issues.
Alina is passionate about employment law and keeping on top of the constantly evolving legal and political space. She has also spent part of her career working as a Senior Writer for one of the world’s leading legal publishers Thomson Reuters. She prides herself on keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and assisting clients to proactively navigate these changes.
Romney Stanton / Legal Assistant
Romney has a passion for providing outstanding administrative support with a little bit of health and well-being on the side.
As a co-owner of community drama school, Darlo Drama and with a background in event management, accounting and office management, Romney understands the need for precise administrative work to ensure the success of a growing business.
Romney is very passionate about developing and nurturing client and working relationships and prides herself on the ability to really listen and understand the needs of others.
As a Yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Romney believes wholly in the need for everyday self care in any work environment and is very excited to help bring a little bit of well-being to The Workplace.
Bronwyn Tolhurst / law graduate
Bronwyn leverages her extensive “front-line” HR experience to help her clients achieve their desired outcomes.
Bronwyn is both a Law Graduate and an experienced human resources practitioner, who brings strong investigative and analytical skills to The Workplace. Most recently having worked for the Fair Work Ombudsman as an Investigator in the Registered Organisations Commission, Bronwyn has developed a reputation for being a candid all-rounder.
Bronwyn’s passion for employment and industrial law grew from working in various strategic HR roles across a range of industries including government, health and employee associations. An avid fan of puzzles, Bronwyn relishes in being able to unpack and solve complex workplace problems.
Having worked on “both sides of the fence”, Bronwyn prides herself on facilitating positive and productive workplace relationships with all stakeholders while offering a no-nonsense approach that is both practical and complementary of the client’s goals and strategy.