Practice area(s): Employment law services
Location(s): Brisbane
Qualification(s): LLB, BSocSc

Rachel Smith is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Law Section, based in Brisbanewhich is listed by the highly respected Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as one of two top tier law firms for employees in Queensland.

Rachel assists clients with a broad range of industrial and employment issues including dismissals, adverse action complaints, workplace investigations, discrimination, contract issues, defamation, disputes and disciplinary proceedings. Rachel is a passionate advocate of workers’ rights, with experience appearing in Queensland and Federal courts and tribunals and negotiating out of court settlements. She ran and won an important case in the Fair Work Commission that tested what is lawful and reasonable when it comes to directions issued by employers to their employees that invade their personal life. 

Rachel graduated from the University of New South Wales. She was awarded the Heinz Harant Award, Graduand Award and Bruce Hawkins Award for service within and outside the university. Before she joined Maurice Blackburn, Rachel volunteered with a variety of community legal organisations including the Kingsford Legal Centre (NSW), Legal Aid (NSW) and Suncoast Community Legal Service (QLD), as well as interning at the Public Defenders Office (NSW). She believes access to justice for all individuals is important.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Queensland Law Society member
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights member
  • Maurice Blackburn's Women's Network member