Hurley-Smith, Maria

Maria Hurley-Smith

Of Counsel
Baker & McKenzie


Maria Hurley-Smith is a senior associate in the Employment & Industrial Relations group in Sydney. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2003 and is experienced in providing advice to clients in relation to industrial relations and human resource management issues. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as an associate to various commissioners and judges of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Maria is a contributor to the CCH Australian Master Human Resources Guide, and regularly presents to clients on the impact of legislative amendments to federal and state industrial legislation on their individual businesses.

Practice Focus

Maria advises clients on a range of matters, including privacy, industrial disputes and trade unions. She represents clients at various courts and tribunals including federal and state industrial tribunals and anti-discrimination tribunals relating to matters such as unfair dismissal claims, workplace disputes and discrimination complaints.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Drafting individual/collective industrial instruments and contracts of employment.

  • Advising clients in making and having approved industrial instruments.

  • Providing advice regarding industrial issues, anti discrimination law and industrial laws relating to issues such as union right of entry, workplace disputes and dispute resolution.

  • Advising clients on a range of matters, including privacy, industrial disputes and trade unions.

  • Drafting workplace policies and procedures, restraints, contracts of employment and other terms and conditions of employment such as confidentiality clauses or incentive schemes.


  • New South Wales~Australia (2003)
  • Australia (2003)


  • University of Technology Sydney (Graduate Diploma Legal Practice) (2003)
  • University of New South Wales (B.A.) (2002)
  • University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (2002)


  • English