Andrew Smith

Solicitor

Andrew is a solicitor at Hall Payne’s Darwin office. He studied law at the University of Tasmania and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2013.

After Uni, Andrew relocated to the Northern Territory and worked as a solicitor with Darwin Community Legal Service working with the Tenants’ Advice Service. During his time there, he successfully advocated for tenancy “blacklist” reforms to the Northern Territory Residential Tenancies Act.

Andrew joined Hall Payne in early 2019 and looks forward to continuing to grow the important work we do in the Territory; whether it’s assisting people injured at work or advising people on their workplace and employment law rights.

“After working with a number of vulnerable clients all over the Territory, I know how advocating for their rights can have such a positive impact for them. For me, it was important to join a firm with a social justice outlook and Hall Payne, with its focus on putting people first, provides that”.

Andrew is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Territory and volunteers at Darwin Community Legal Service.

Due to his interests in sports law, he assists with the Northern Territory Rugby League Tribunal and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association. In his spare time Andrew is a field umpire for Australian Rules Football and enjoys playing squash.

Recent Blogs by Andrew

Cricket tribunal cases Northern Territory

Win for Northern Territory cricketer at sports law tribunal

We recently successfully represented a keen amateur cricket player at the Northern Territory Cricket Tribunal. Our client initially received a hefty penalty which would see him out of action on the ground for several years.

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Workers compensation lawyers for FIFO workers in the NT

Workers compensation win for FIFO worker in the NT

Hall Payne Lawyers recently successfully represented a union member and former FIFO mine worker who seriously injured himself following a workplace accident. We were successful in winning his case following a 5-day trial before the Work Health Court in the Northern Territory.

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Have you been forced to resign?

I feel like they're trying to force me to resign. Is this a constructive dismissal?

If a worker feels that their employer’s conduct is forcing them to resign their employment, there are options for the worker to protect their interests. Even if you have already resigned, there may still be options to challenge the legality and validity of the termination, most commonly through an unfair dismissal claim.

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What are my employment rights when working from home?

Employment rights and obligations while working from home during COVID-19

During COVID-19, with it becoming increasingly common to work from home, it is important to consider the legal implications that may arise when moving from your office to your home office.

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