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.”


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.

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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.