Andrew Jewell is a Principal at McDonald Murholme, completing a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Taking pride in providing sound legal advice, Mr Jewell develops robust and successful strategies to make the laws work for employees, handling cases in their initial stages all the way through to the Court system to final determination. Mr Jewell has progressed a number of employment law landmark cases in the Federal Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court, one such being Sayed v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union  FCA 27 matter. The case established a new definition of what constitutes ‘political opinion’ in the Federal Court. In addition to his outstanding legal work, Andrew regularly provides expert legal commentary to national and local mainstream media including the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Age and Herald Sun. He has also extensively contributed opinion pieces to various industry-focused publications such as Smart Company, Women’s Agenda and HR Daily. Furthermore, Mr Jewell is a strong supporter of helping people who suffer from mental illness and has worked with Beyond Blue.
Trent is a Principal Lawyer at McDonald Murholme, completing a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Monash University. He started his career as a Research Assistant at the firm in 2011 and has progressed quickly through the ranks, to his current position of Principal Lawyer. His hard work and dedication has achieved outstanding results for his clients, with some high-profile successes featured in the Australian Financial Review, The Courier Mail and News.com. Mr Hancock has encountered all manner of employment law issues and has developed effective strategies that suit each client’s individual needs. He has extensive experience managing matters in the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Court of Australia, as well as other courts and tribunals in Australia. Mr Hancock is passionate about advocating for the rights of employees, having previously featured on the front page of The Age and offering legal commentary to a number of publications, both mainstream and industry focused.
Sagorika Platel, Lawyer:
Sagorika Platel is a Lawyer at McDonald Murholme, completing a Bachelor of Arts at Southern Cross University, Masters of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Leo Cussen. Ms Platel has varied legal experiences in human rights law, employment law, and assisting individuals living with a disability with respect to their legal matters. At McDonald Murholme Ms Platel is a strong advocate for her clients, representing them in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court. Ms Platel’s cultural background and fluency in multiple languages allows her to build trusting relationships with clients from all walks of life and her drive has led to countless negotiations with successful outcomes. As a result of Ms Platel’s research and legal knowledge, she has made valuable contributions to publications such as Oxford Public International Law (Online Journal) and Rapporteur
Kathy Zmijewski, General Manager:
Kathy Zmijewski is the General Manager at McDonald Murholme. Ms Zmijewski has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and has a background in communications having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations at RMIT University. Ms Zmijewski started at the firm as a Communications Manager in 2014 and has quickly progressed up the ranks; now studying her Master’s degree in Business Administration (Executive), which is applied to her day-to-day role of General Manager. At McDonald Murholme, Ms Zmijewski has implemented a client liaison structure between the Communications team and the lawyers. This alleviates stress for both the client and lawyer where clients feel their concerns are being heard and managed quickly and it allows the lawyers to dedicate their time to the client’s case. This approach has also contributed to the commercial success of the firm as it has have received a high increase of referrals from past clients.
Julie Kojdovska, Senior Law Clerk & HR Advisor:
Julie Kojdovska is a Senior Law Clerk and HR advisor at McDonald Murholme Solicitors. Having completed a Bachelor Degree in Business (Management), it was through legal studies that she had a passion for the law and commenced her career at McDonald Murholme in 1999 as a legal secretary. Mrs Kojdovska has also been a member of the Executive team since 2016. Mrs Kojdovska is the anchor in this firm for all its landmark cases, which have been constant and demanding. Working closely with the lawyers, Mrs Kojdovska’s wealth of experience has enabled her to head and manage the litigation department, having instructed counsel and lawyers in all Courts in litigation matters. She is dedicated and passionate and ensures the firm’s clients are the prime focus. Mrs Kojdovska’s knowledge of the legal profession, courts in which we work, and lawyers, is an invaluable resource we believe is unparalleled to any other law firm.
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