Who We Are

Tony Smetana

Managing Director

08 9322 5202
0413 627 541

tsmetana@hlslegal.com.au

Tony Smetana is the Managing Director at HLS Legal.

Tony has specialised in employment law, industrial relations and safety law for almost 30 years.

Tony has represented employers in landmark employment law and industrial relations cases in Western Australia and Australia.

As a testament to Tony, a number of his clients have remained unchanged over 30 years. He is consistently recommended as a Leading Employment & Workplace Relations Lawyer by his clients and peers.

Tony has extensive experience in assisting companies to negotiate large scale enterprise agreements, particularly in the mining, resources and energy sectors, including most recently on the Gorgon and Ichthys Projects.

Tony is an experienced and successful litigator and represents companies in the Federal Court and Supreme Court of WA in complex disputes.

Tony has been at the forefront of strategic thinking in industrial relations for many years, guiding clients through the introduction of legislative change and identifying opportunities for their businesses.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • High Court
  • Federal Court
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Alisanne Ride

Director

08 9322 5202

aride@hlslegal.com.au

After seven successful years at HLS Legal, Ali was appointed as a Director in 2017. Ali advises and represents employers in employment and industrial relations matters in a wide range of industries including energy and resources, construction, healthcare, education, retail and maritime.

Ali advises employers on:

  • their obligations under state and federal workplace relations legislation, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • industrial relations and employment matters including industrial disputes, unfair dismissal, general protections and bullying claims, employee disciplinary matters, restructuring and redundancies, as well as transfer of business issues, executive terminations
  • drafting of enterprise agreements, employment agreements, executive service agreements, contractor agreements, policies, and procedures
  • conducting workplace investigations and training

Ali has represented clients in Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal proceedings and general protections claims, in the Equal Opportunity Commission and in mediation in the Supreme Court. Ali has conducted employment and industrial relations related litigation in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal and Supreme Courts.

Ali previously worked for a national law firm in its workplace relations practice area.

Ali also worked as an in-house lawyer to an education sector organisation which employed around 10,000 staff, providing advice to around 160 primary and secondary schools on employment and industrial relations matters.

Before practising as a lawyer, Ali was an Associate to a Commissioner in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (predecessor to the Fair Work Commission) and an Inspector at the Office of Workplace Services (predecessor to the Fair Work Ombudsman).

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
  • Master of Laws (Australian National University)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Supreme Court of Australian Capital Territory
  • Federal Court
  • High Court

 

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Amber Roncoroni

Associate

08 9322 5202

aroncoroni@hlslegal.com.au

Amber is an Associate at HLS Legal. Amber provides our clients with advice on day to day employment issues to more complex matters such as industrial action strategies and litigation.

Amber assists our clients with:

  • termination of employment and redundancy
  • superannuation
  • privacy laws
  • representation at mediation and conciliation in the Federal Circuit Court, the Fair Work Commission and WorkCover
  • defending court and tribunal related employment claims including at the Federal Court

Amber previously worked in employment relations at Wageline, the State Government employment relations advice line, in 2009.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court
  • High Court 
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Davina Hunter

Associate

08 9322 5202

dhunter@hlslegal.com.au

Davina is an Associate at HLS Legal.  Davina advises clients on employment law, industrial relations and litigation matters.

Davina is experienced in:

  • enterprise bargaining agreements
  • termination of employment including redundancy
  • award interpretation
  • unfair dismissal, general protections, equal opportunity and contract litigation in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court and the Equal Opportunity Commission
  • drafting employment contracts and policies and procedures
  • union right of entry
  • performance management processes

Davina previously worked as a Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour in Samoa, pursuant to an Australian Government Aid programme.

Davina also worked as an Employee Relations Advisor for a large employer organisation, providing human resources, management and industrial relations advice to clients across Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Prior to this, Davina worked as a Solicitor in Workplace Relations and Safety at a National law firm in Perth.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia

 

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Brian Liau

Solicitor

08 9322 5202

bliau@hlslegal.com.au

Brian is a Solicitor with a talent for creative thinking and problem solving.  Prior to joining HLS Legal, Brian assisted in local government law and insurance law matters.  He has particular expertise in intellectual property and confidentiality matters.  Brian provides advice and assistance to parties on the preparation, lodgement, responses to and resolution of claims across a broad spectrum of legal topics, including:

  • human resources assistance
  • reviewing of contracts and termination conditions
  • unfair dismissal
  • general protection claims
  • deeds of settlement and release
  • Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Law (Curtin University)
    • Bachelor of Science: Information Technology (Queensland University of Technology)
    Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia

 

 

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Ilana Hamilton

Paralegal

08 9322 5202

ihamilton@hlslegal.com.au

Ilana joined HLS Legal in 2017 as a Paralegal and provides assistance in the areas of legal research and general client matters.

Ilana is currently studying law at the University of Western Australia and is also an experienced healthcare professional.

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Jenelle Allsop

Administrations Officer

08 9322 5202

jallsop@hlslegal.com.au

Jenelle is an experienced Administrations Officer at HLS Legal. Her skilled support helps us keep our focus on our clients. Jenelle manages our day-to-day office in a professional and diligent manner.

Jenelle is completing her Bachelor of Science at Edith Cowan University.

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Claire Hearn

Administrations Officer

08 9322 5202

admin@hlslegal.com.au

Claire is a valued Administrations Officer at HLS Legal. She joined HLS Legal in late 2015, after working in the public and private health sectors in Perth and London. She is a practical and hi-tech operator.

Claire is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Internet Communications.

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Emma Smetana

Business Administration and Marketing

08 9322 5202

esmetana@hlslegal.com.au

Emma takes care of the Business Administration and Marketing at HLS Legal. She likes to keep everything in order, and is currently studying a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting.

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Louise Birbeck

Accounts Officer

08 9322 5202

lbirbeck@hlslegal.com.au

Louise assists us with our accounts and payroll. Previously she has been a financial controller in the hotel industry, however now her part time work at HLS Legal is balanced with her role as a busy mum.

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Tony Smetana

Managing Director

08 9322 5202
0413 627 541

tsmetana@hlslegal.com.au

Tony Smetana is the Managing Director at HLS Legal.

Tony has specialised in employment law, industrial relations and safety law for almost 30 years.

Tony has represented employers in landmark employment law and industrial relations cases in Western Australia and Australia.

As a testament to Tony, a number of his clients have remained unchanged over 30 years. He is consistently recommended as a Leading Employment & Workplace Relations Lawyer by his clients and peers.

Tony has extensive experience in assisting companies to negotiate large scale enterprise agreements, particularly in the mining, resources and energy sectors, including most recently on the Gorgon and Ichthys Projects.

Tony is an experienced and successful litigator and represents companies in the Federal Court and Supreme Court of WA in complex disputes.

Tony has been at the forefront of strategic thinking in industrial relations for many years, guiding clients through the introduction of legislative change and identifying opportunities for their businesses.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • High Court
  • Federal Court
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Alisanne Ride

Director

08 9322 5202

aride@hlslegal.com.au

After seven successful years at HLS Legal, Ali was appointed as a Director in 2017. Ali advises and represents employers in employment and industrial relations matters in a wide range of industries including energy and resources, construction, healthcare, education, retail and maritime.

Ali advises employers on:

  • their obligations under state and federal workplace relations legislation, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • industrial relations and employment matters including industrial disputes, unfair dismissal, general protections and bullying claims, employee disciplinary matters, restructuring and redundancies, as well as transfer of business issues, executive terminations
  • drafting of enterprise agreements, employment agreements, executive service agreements, contractor agreements, policies, and procedures
  • conducting workplace investigations and training

Ali has represented clients in Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal proceedings and general protections claims, in the Equal Opportunity Commission and in mediation in the Supreme Court. Ali has conducted employment and industrial relations related litigation in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal and Supreme Courts.

Ali previously worked for a national law firm in its workplace relations practice area.

Ali also worked as an in-house lawyer to an education sector organisation which employed around 10,000 staff, providing advice to around 160 primary and secondary schools on employment and industrial relations matters.

Before practising as a lawyer, Ali was an Associate to a Commissioner in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (predecessor to the Fair Work Commission) and an Inspector at the Office of Workplace Services (predecessor to the Fair Work Ombudsman).

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
  • Master of Laws (Australian National University)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Supreme Court of Australian Capital Territory
  • Federal Court
  • High Court

 

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Amber Roncoroni

Associate

08 9322 5202

aroncoroni@hlslegal.com.au

Amber is an Associate at HLS Legal. Amber provides our clients with advice on day to day employment issues to more complex matters such as industrial action strategies and litigation.

Amber assists our clients with:

  • termination of employment and redundancy
  • superannuation
  • privacy laws
  • representation at mediation and conciliation in the Federal Circuit Court, the Fair Work Commission and WorkCover
  • defending court and tribunal related employment claims including at the Federal Court

Amber previously worked in employment relations at Wageline, the State Government employment relations advice line, in 2009.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court
  • High Court 
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