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Why you should use management rights experts

You would not go to a general practitioner for brain surgery.

It is for the same reason you should not go to your local lawyer for a management rights matter.

Some people play them down as being simple but they are not.  There are a myriad of things that lawyers who don’t practice regularly in management rights simply will not know how to handle.

When investigating a management rights purchase or sale, you will no doubt repeatedly hear that you should (or must) use an industry expert. As you would expect us to, we cannot recommend this strongly enough. Some people disregard this and use their usual lawyer, accountant or their local bank.

More often than not, these are the clients that we end up assisting after things have taken a turn for the worse. Management rights is a very specialised area.

Using someone who does not know what they are doing to assist you will be an experience fraught with frustration (through your advisor not knowing what is going on and not being able to assist you) and financial danger, which is usually the result of bad advice.

Many people call themselves experts. It is easy to advertise that. If they do, don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials from other management rights clients. Ask them how many management rights transactions they are currently working on, or how many management rights clients they have advised over the last few months. Investigate how committed they are to the management rights industry. Ask the other industry professionals you are working with how often they have dealt with your advisors.

Hynes Legal are management rights experts. We live and breathe management rights.

We will have answers to all of your management rights questions – quite possibly before you know you need to ask them. Others don’t.

We are not the cheapest but nor are we the most expensive. What we provide is real value for money.

Testament to that is the fact that we normally have 50 or more management rights transactions on foot.  Many of those are new clients but a lot of those are repeat clients.  They know what we are like to deal with and quite often signed contracts hit our desk before we have even given a quote – that is how much our client’s trust us.   

Ask our experts

 

Kristin Ramsey

Practice Group Leader

Expertise

Kristin is the Head of our Employment and Workplace Relations Practice.

She has over a decade of exclusive industrial relations and employment law experience across a broad range of clients and industry sectors including aged care, body corporate and management rights, retail, engineering, health & fitness, hospitality, labour hire, and start-ups.

Kristin provides legal and strategic advice across the full range of employment, industrial relations, discrimination and workplace health and safety laws. She takes a highly practical approach to workplace relations issues and aims to use the industrial legal framework to help, not hinder, businesses. Where possible, Kristin works towards a commercial rather than litigious resolution of workplace issues.

Kristin also has particular expertise in conducting high legal HR systems audits, assisting businesses undergoing Fair Work Ombudsman investigations (or prosecutions), and advising on enterprise bargaining (and resultant disputes).

Kristin is the Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Relations Committee, sits on the management committee for the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, is a volunteer coordinator at Caxton Legal Centre’s employment law clinic and also sits on the Board of Epilepsy Queensland.

Kristin has been included on the Best Lawyers list as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law for the past 3 years.

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Areas of practice

  • Employment and human resources
  • Industrial Relations
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace Health & Safety

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (majoring in theatre performance), University of Wollongong
  • Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and New South Wales, and the High Court of Australia
  • Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)

Recent Projects

  • Conducted a compliance audit for a group of companies and assisted in the voluntary rectification of significant and widespread underpayments  
  • Provided advice on change management strategies associated with large scale offshoring projects
  • Assisted a client in the hospitality industry resolve a Federal Court general protections claim arising from redundancy
  • Successfully terminated expired enterprise agreements in the aged care and retail industries
  • Provided advice on the management of undisclosed workplace romances in various industries
  • Represented an aged care provider in an AHRC matter involving female to male sexual harassment
  • Negotiated the amicable  exit of senior executives in a number of industries (including retail, hospitality, medical and engineering)
  • Managed employment issues associated with allegations of sexual harassment involving a senior executive in the hospitality industry
  • Represented an aged care provider in a pregnancy discrimination matter before the ADCQ
  • Drafted high level confidentiality and restraint agreements for senior executives in a variety of industries
  • Advised on employment issues associated with the acquisition of businesses in the aged care, retail, health & fitness, medical and engineering sectors
  • Provided advice to an aged care provider regarding issues associated with a business model structured around independent contractors
  • Conducted an audit of WHS issues and documentation for a labour hire company
  • Detailed strategic audit and compliance review of policies, procedures and contracts for companies in the retail, hospitality, engineering, manufacturing and aged care industries
  • Provided in house training to HR teams in a number of industries regarding  accessorial liability, performance management, conducting workplace investigations, workplace bullying, managing ill & injured employees and termination of employment

Professional Memberships

  • Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s industrial relations committee
  • Member of the management committee for the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
  • Member of the Board of Epilepsy Queensland