Simon is the founding partner of Hilliard and Berry Solicitors.
Simon has over 20 years experience in employment law, work health and safety, workers compensation, insurance and commercial litigation.
Admitted in 1996, after working in London for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, Simon commenced at Moray & Agnew ultimately being appointed the National Head of the Workplace Relations Group.
In 2007 Simon was a founding partner of an insurance firm in Sydney ultimately establishing Hilliard and Berry Solicitors in 2013 after recognising the need for employers to receive advice on employment situations which involve an intersection of industrial, safety and insurance concerns.
Simon has extensive experience in acting for large and small employers and companies, providing practical and sage advice throughout all stages of the employment life cycle in matters involving:
- Coronial inquests, work health and safety prosecutions;
- Incident response management;
- Insurance litigation
- Industrial relations litigation;
- Commercial litigation;
- Workers compensation claims and appeals;
An incredibly experienced advocate, in some of the country’s most high profile litigation, Simon has a wealth of experience having represented employers from a range of industries including infrastructure, transport, energy, finance, agricultural and aged care.
Simon is a Law Society of New South Wales accredited specialist and regularly contributes to academic articles as well as providing best practice and compliance training tailored to individual client needs.
· Bachelor of Economics
· Bachelor of Laws
· Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations
Andrea Willits – Senior Associate
Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2009 and the High Court of Australia in 2013, Andrea joined Hilliard and Berry in 2013 after 5 years with an insurance law firm in Sydney.
Andrea provides employment and commercial advice to a large range of employers and industry groups throughout Australia.
Andrea’s clients span across a broad range of sectors including employers in the aged care, advertising, manufacturing agricultural and meat industries as well as a number of large insurers.
Her experience and areas of specialty include:
- Employment and commercial litigation and advice including appearing regularly in a range of jurisdictions throughout Australia and New Zealand;
- Negotiating, evolving and implementing enterprise agreements;
- Advising and appearing for employers in a diverse range of employment disputes including unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination and harassment;
- Advising on transfer of business, management change and workforce planning;
- Alternative dispute resolution.
Andrea also advises and appears for a range of businesses in work health and safety matters. Providing pragmatic and tailored defence solutions to clients involved in work health and safety prosecutions and coronial inquires.
In addition, Andrea runs training and seminars for a number of employers and industry groups throughout Australia on work health and safety processes, director and officer duties and risk management under the legislation as well as regularly contributing to professional articles.
· Bachelor of Laws
· Bachelor of Media
Mark Meletopoulo – Solicitor
Mark was admitted in 2014 having completed his Diploma of Law with the Legal Professions Board and Sydney University Law Extension College. He completed his practical training with Turner Freeman Lawyers in Sydney.
Mark has over 30 years experience in commercial aviation with an extensive background in training and examining. He has performed various aviation training management positions and continues to be active in the aviation world.
He joined Hilliard and Berry Solicitors in early 2015.
· Diploma of Law
· Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessing
· Australian and British qualifications in aviation type rated examining
Meriska Lourens – Graduate Solicitor
Meriska is employed with Hilliard & Berry as a graduate solicitor commencing in early 2015. Meriska completed her Bachelor of Laws degree at Murdoch University in 2014. Prior to Hilliard & Berry, she worked for a number of law firms including Berry Buddle Wilkins Lawyers in Sydney and Graham A Ryan & Associates in Perth, Western Australia.
Whilst completing her practical legal training, Meriska has assisted on a number of matters for large employers gaining experience in a wide range of jurisdictions across various employment and work health and safety matters.
Hilliard & Berry Solicitors prides itself on providing fast, pragmatic and cost effective legal advice with the aim of securing a cost effective resolution.