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 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

Tony is consistently Recommended by Doyle’s Guide, as an Employment Law Lawyer (Employer Representation)

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Amber

Senior Associate

08 9322 5202

Amber is a Senior 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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Megan

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 participated in a student exchange at the National University of Singapore and afterwards completed 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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Calvin

Law Graduate

08 9322 5202

Calvin graduated from Curtin University with his Bachelor of Laws in 2018 and brings to HLS Legal a strong interest in advocacy, industrial relations and employment law.

Prior to starting at HLS Legal, Calvin worked at the Fair Work Commission as an Associate to Deputy President Binet.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Curtin University)
  • Bachelor of Arts: International Relations (Curtin University)
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Danielle

Law Graduate

08 9322 5202

Danielle graduated from Curtin University with her Bachelor of Laws in 2018 and brings to HLS Legal a strong history of academic achievement and a keen interest in employment law.

Prior to starting at HLS Legal, Danielle worked at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission as an Associate to Senior Commissioner Kenner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Curtin University)
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Brittany

Secretary/Paralegal

08 9322 5202

admin@hlslegal.com.au

Brittany is efficient and service-driven, enabling the team at HLS Legal to deliver a high standard of service to our clients.

Brittany assists clients with:

  • legal research;
  • discovery;
  • reviewing employment contracts, enterprise agreements, policies and procedures; and
  • drafting Court and Fair Work Commission documents.
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Emma Smetana

General Manager

08 9322 5202

As the General Manager of HLS Legal, Emma works closely with the Director, ensuring the law practice has clear objectives, forging strong links with the HLS Legal values.

Emma offers professional and practical guidance on the administration of the firm, developing robust systems and procedures to ensure compliance, client satisfaction, and meaningful analysis.

Her innovations in project management, business operations, marketing and adult training are key to achieving the planned business outcomes.

Emma’s strong organisational skills and commitment to the HLS Legal values and vision, ensures the underlying foundations of our services are supportive of our core functions as Employment Lawyers.

Key Education
  •  The College of Law: Legal Practice Management Course (WA)
  •  Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting
  •  Bachelor of Teaching Degree
Memberships
  •  Australian Institute of Management WA (AIMWA)
  •  Australian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA)
  •  Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
  •  Industrial Relations Society of WA (IRSWA)
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Louise

Chief Financial Officer

08 9322 5202

Louise assists HLS Legal with the accounts and payroll.  She has recently refreshed her qualifications with a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting.  Louise has previously 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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Calvin

Law Graduate

08 9322 5202

Calvin graduated from Curtin University with his Bachelor of Laws in 2018 and brings to HLS Legal a strong interest in advocacy, industrial relations and employment law.

Prior to starting at HLS Legal, Calvin worked at the Fair Work Commission as an Associate to Deputy President Binet.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Curtin University)
  • Bachelor of Arts: International Relations (Curtin University)
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Danielle

Law Graduate

08 9322 5202

Danielle graduated from Curtin University with her Bachelor of Laws in 2018 and brings to HLS Legal a strong history of academic achievement and a keen interest in employment law.

Prior to starting at HLS Legal, Danielle worked at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission as an Associate to Senior Commissioner Kenner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Curtin University)
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Brittany

Secretary/Paralegal

08 9322 5202

admin@hlslegal.com.au

Brittany is efficient and service-driven, enabling the team at HLS Legal to deliver a high standard of service to our clients.

Brittany assists clients with:

  • legal research;
  • discovery;
  • reviewing employment contracts, enterprise agreements, policies and procedures; and
  • drafting Court and Fair Work Commission documents.
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