A lawyer in WGC’s employment group, Kate Smith works with Director John Hayward in offering employment law and human resource management advice to both employers and employees.
Prior to moving to private practice, Kate gained extensive experience in human resource management in the Royal Australian Navy.
Kate has since gained experience advising clients across a wide range of workplace relations matters such as workplace investigations, unfair dismissals, adverse action claims, award entitlements, recovery of wages, sham contracting claims, discrimination claims, enterprise agreements, policy and legislative interpretation, training and developing, recruitment, grievance and complaint management and performance case management.
Having recently embarked on the Masters of Employment and Industrial Relations Law at the University of Melbourne, Kate previously graduated from the:
- University of Technology Sydney with a Juris Doctor;
- University of Sydney with a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights; and
- Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
Kate joined WGC in November 2019, having previously worked for two leading Perth-based law firms. In her spare time, Kate can be found hiking, camping or travelling with her family.
Qualifications and memberships
– Juris Doctor, University of Technology Sydney, 2013
– Graduate Certificate in Human Rights, University of Sydney, 2009
– Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, Edith Cowan University, 2008
– Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 2013
– Member, Queensland Law Society
– Professional Member, Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)