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Joydeep Hor

Joydeep Hor

People + Culture StrategiesLevel 9NAB House255 George StreetSydneyAustraliaNSW 2000

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Joydeep Hor is enthusiastically recommended by peers who describe him as “incredibly strategic;
a lateral thinker who is entrepreneurial in his approach, which clients appreciate”.

Questions & Answers

Joydeep is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s owner-president management programme and one of Australia’s highest-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs. He has authored 12 separate books on people management law and strategy and regularly appears on Australian television as an expert commentator in his field. He has spoken at countless international conferences as one of Australia’s leading authorities on workplace culture, people management and sexual harassment, and advises the most significant Australian private sector employers on the most sensitive workplace issues.

What do you enjoy most about working in the labour and employment space?

Labour and employment is one of the few areas of law that involves people-related issues all the time. Everyone has or has had a job, and everyone interacts with people in that context. The legal issues that arise are more about the psychological or sociological aspects of those interactions than they are about anything else. I also like the fact that things happen quickly and you’re never stuck on the one case for an eternity.

What qualities make an effective employment lawyer?

Being a “good lawyer”, being able to solve problems and knowing the law really well are the price of entry for any decent employment lawyer. I like to think that the key differences are around how strategic someone can be, and whether their focus can be on avoiding problems from happening or being repeated in the future.

How do you advise clients on pursuing a preventative approach to legal problems within their organisations, rather than a reactive approach?

Ultimately this is an issue of the culture within the organisation. When I work

with clients on their cultural framework, I emphasise the need for them to identify clearly their vision and values; then look to building the right systems and structures; and then ensure they have the capability and credibility to execute the vision and values.

Which industry sectors are the busiest in the Australian market at the moment?

Given some recent attention on the issue of underpayments and businesses being potentially prosecuted for such underpayments, every industry sector is on high alert. While a few years ago mining and manufacturing were busier than they are now, there are a range of sectors who remain busy. People issues exist wherever people are employed and that’s what generates business.

What are the main challenges for global employers managing their international workforce?

There are the obvious areas of ensuring consistency while tailoring things to local markets. Broad issues such as modern slavery, data privacy, the changing workforce (Uberisation, etc) are all big and live issues.

How would you like to develop your practice in the next few years?

Our firm is without a doubt the most unique player in this area in the country. We have a genuinely distinguishable proposition whereby we are a blend of a law firm and a management consulting business. I want us to keep blending these services and making it even more confusing, rather than less, as to whether we are in fact a law firm!

What inspired you to set up your own firm?

I had a career that evolved within more traditional legal environments into something unique where I enjoyed being a business partner of my clients rather than just a lawyer. There were no firms that were doing what I wanted to do so I built a firm that did.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?

“We pay what we pay you to be told what we can do, not what we can’t do.”

Global Leader

Labour & Employment 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Joydeep Hor receives tremendous praise for being “visionary and suave in his approach” and is considered to be “the top option for employment law advice”. 

Biography

Joydeep Hor is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s owner-president management programme and one of Australia’s highest-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.

Joydeep studied at the University of Sydney for both his undergraduate degree (majoring in English literature with his bachelor of laws (honours)) and his master of laws (focusing on labour and employment law). Joydeep has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers (2010–present) and Doyle’s Guide, and he was recognised as Australia’s 2016 Workplace Relations Lawyer of the Year at Corporate LiveWire’s Legal Awards.

Joydeep started his career at a global firm, before moving to a specialist workplace relations firm where he was made an equity partner at 28 and was also elected managing partner (2005–2010). Joydeep’s first book Inside Employee Screening was published in 1999 and he has authored several books since, including Managing Workplace BehaviourManaging Termination of Employment and Finders Keepers: A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Great Employees. He has been a keynote speaker at conventions and industry events, and has provided comment for Channel 7, the ABC and Sky News. In 2016 Joydeep represented Australia at the International Forum on Employment Law.

In 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People and Culture Strategies (PCS). It was established to be unlike any other legal firm, with an emphasis on working with clients to prevent disputation and legal problems arising within their organisations, as opposed to a mere “reactive” provider. PCS now serves over 1,250 employers (with a particularly strong reputation for sensitive employee separation issues, matters of workplace bullying and harassment, and strategic solutions to people-management challenges).

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “extremely knowledgeable” Joydeep Hor is “an incredibly strategic lawyer” with an “impressive bank of clients” including KFC, Virgin Active and Mars Australia.

Biography

 

Joydeep Hor is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s owner-president management programme and one of Australia’s highest-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.

Joydeep studied at the University of Sydney for both his undergraduate degree (majoring in English literature with his bachelor of laws (honours)) and his master of laws (focusing on labour and employment law). Joydeep has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers (2010–present) and Doyle’s Guide, and he was recognised as Australia’s 2016 Workplace Relations Lawyer of the Year at Corporate LiveWire’s Legal Awards.

Joydeep started his career at a global firm, before moving to a specialist workplace relations firm where he was made an equity partner at 28 and was also elected managing partner (2005–2010). Joydeep’s first book Inside Employee Screening was published in 1999 and he has authored several books since, including Managing Workplace BehaviourManaging Termination of Employment and Finders Keepers: A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Great Employees. He has been a keynote speaker at conventions and industry events, and has provided comment for Channel 7, the ABC and Sky News. In 2016 Joydeep represented Australia at the International Forum on Employment Law.

In 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People and Culture Strategies (PCS). It was established to be unlike any other legal firm, with an emphasis on working with clients to prevent disputation and legal problems arising within their organisations, as opposed to a mere “reactive” provider. PCS now serves over 1,250 employers (with a particularly strong reputation for sensitive employee separation issues, matters of workplace bullying and harassment, and strategic solutions to people-management challenges).

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