Who We Are

Tony Smetana

Managing Director

08 9322 5202
0413 627 541

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
0423 845 852

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

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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Aimee Donjerkovich

Associate

08 9322 5202

Aimee is an Associate at HLS Legal.

Aimee advises clients on a variety of employment, safety and industrial relations matters.  Aimee also assists clients with litigious matters in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.

Aimee has experience with:

  • unfair dismissal and general protections claims
  • discrimination, harassment and bullying matters
  • drafting employment contracts for senior executives
  • freedom of information and privacy law matters
  • union right of entry, the enterprise agreement making process and disputes concerning the interpretation of modern awards and enterprise agreements
  • occupational health and safety matters and ill and injured employees
  • advising of drug and alcohol policies, redundancies and the performance management process

Prior to joining HLS Legal, Aimee worked as a lawyer in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations team at a top tier law firm, and as a lawyer working on employment law and insurance matters at an international law firm.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (University of Notre Dame Australia)

Bachelor of Commerce (University of Notre Dame Australia)

Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia

 

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Davina Hunter

Associate

08 9322 5202

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

Brian has been a Solicitor at HLS Legal since early 2017.  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 Laws (Curtin University)
  • Bachelor of Science: Information Technology (Queensland University of Technology)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia

 

 

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Megan Flower

Solicitor

08 9322 5202

Megan provides advice and assistance to clients on the preparation, lodgement, responses to and resolution of claims across a broad spectrum of Employment Law topics, including:

  • human resources assistance
  • reviewing of contracts and termination conditions
  • unfair dismissal
  • general protection claims
  • deeds of settlement and release

Prior to starting at HLS Legal, Megan completed a student exchange at the National University of Singapore and then went on to also complete a year-long cultural exchange in the United States of America.

 Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) (University of Western Australia)
  • Bachelor of Science: Major Geography (University of Western Australia)
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia

 

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Ilana Hamilton

Paralegal

08 9322 5202

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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Emma Smetana

Practice Manager

08 9322 5202

Emma is the Practice Manager at HLS Legal. Her background is in teaching and adult training, technology sales and design.  She likes to keep everything in order, and has recently completed her Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting.

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Louise Birbeck

Accounts Officer

08 9322 5202

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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Mica Cosgrove

Administration Officer

08 9322 5202

We welcome Mica to our firm.  She joins us as she continues her extensive career in legal secretarial services.  She supports our team at HLS Legal with her knowledge of the courts and her efficient manner.

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Claire Hearn

Administration Officer

08 9322 5202

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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Tony Smetana

Managing Director

08 9322 5202
0413 627 541

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
0423 845 852

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

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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