SMA’s mission is to provide our clients with prompt quality advice and excellent legal representation.
We take a genuine interest in our clients by listening to them and striving to understand their objectives, treating everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve, and go the extra mile to exceed their expectations in obtaining justice and equality.
SMA’s Team is equipped to represent you, no matter how difficult or complex the case may be. We understand the emotional impacts that legal matters can have, and devote the time to understand our clients’ position and genuinely believe that everyone matters.
SMA is dedicated to work hard for our clients, leaving no stone unturned in providing superior legal service in a timely, efficient and effective manner. We strive to maintain the highest standards of professional integrity, and have a passion for advocating for the rights of our clients. With the SMA Team in their corner, clients can be confident they will be guided towards positive outcomes.
SMA fosters and values an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication, mutual respect, and encourages teamwork, innovation, initiative and loyalty.
Our firm has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in all areas of Discrimination & Employment Law, and continues a long tradition of leadership, respect and service.
Let our experience be your advantage!
Principal, BA, LLB (Hons)
Susan Moriarty is the Founder & Principal of the firm, Susan Moriarty & Associates. As Principal, she is dedicated to providing efficient, informative, and effective legal advice to clients. She oversees all legal work conducted by the firm, supervises all client cases, and is a well-respected, highly successful senior lawyer specialising in the employment, human rights, anti-discrimination and industrial spheres of law. She has over 20 years’ experience and remains very passionate about securing the best possible outcome for her clients.
In 1991, she was appointed chief political advisor to the then Queensland Attorney-General, the Honourable Dean Wells and was responsible for sponsoring and promoting Queensland’s first civil rights legislation including Freedom of Information, Judicial Review, Street Marching laws, Anti-Discrimination and Penalties and Sentences laws.
In 1993, she was appointed as a policy analyst to the Freedom of Information and Administrative Law Division. In 1996, she was appointed Principal Legal Adviser to the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Karen Walters. In February 1998, she was promoted to Executive Manager, Human Rights and Administrative Law where she administered the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme on behalf of government.
Then in May 1999, she left the department to set up her own law firm specialising in workplace bullying in the Queensland public sector. Since then, she has worked tirelessly for the rights of her clients as the Principal of Susan Moriarty & Associates. She has been completely dedicated to protecting employees from breaches of the state and federal Discrimination Acts, Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Unfair Dismissal, Underpayments, and securing compensation and other remedies for proven breaches of these laws.
Susan’s personal aim is to help her clients reach a timely resolution, allowing them to deal effectively with a difficult and emotional situation and move on to better times. She lectures frequently on employment law matters as a service to the profession and for the purpose of ensuring that everyone’s human rights are understood, respected and protected.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys walking, literature, Scandinavian TV thrillers, and meditation.
Associate and Practice Manager, LLB, GradDipLP, DipMgt
Aaron Stewart commenced with the firm in 2021.
Aaron is passionate about providing comprehensive advice and protecting his clients’ interests. He prides himself on being personable and well-versed in the delivery of legal services. In 2018, Aaron graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws and completed his Practical Legal Training with the College of Law. Aaron also completed his Practice Management Course with the Queensland Law Society in 2020.
Aaron was admitted to the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Queensland in November 2018. He has a diverse history working in the legal profession and previously worked as a case manager for State and Federal Government Agencies on complex matters involving Courts and Tribunals from various Jurisdictions.
Aaron is experienced in providing timely complex legal advice across a range of workplace issues in an accessible and empathetic manner. He has broad experience in employment and discrimination law including unfair dismissal, general protections, sham contracting, sexual harassment, State & Commonwealth discrimination actions, anti-bullying, employment contracts, underpayments, stand-downs and the impacts of COVID-19 on workers.
Aaron appears at hearings, conciliations and mediations in a variety of jurisdictions including Federal Circuit Court, the Fair Work Commission, Queensland Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Aaron frequently represents his clients in complex and sensitive matters litigating and negotiating with senior solicitors of national top tier law firms law firms and barristers. Aaron strongly advocates for his clients and with his commitment to ensuring access to justice, actively participates in attending workplace relation seminars, participate in presentations at local universities and mentoring students.
Outside of work, Aaron’s personal interests include boxing, running, tennis, watching sports, food, and spending time with family and friends.
Associate, LLB, GradDipLP
Peter Wrigley commenced with the firm in 2021.
Peter has assisted employees, former employees, and employers toward successful outcomes in the Fair Work Commission.
Peter has spent his time as a legal practitioner engaging matters of dispute and litigation incorporating various areas of law. As a result of this experience, he is capable of quickly identifying the relevant issues and providing direct and technical advice to his clients. His clients value his candid advice when faced with difficult decisions.
Peter has appeared in various legal forums including the Queensland courts, the Fair Work Commission, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and the Federal Circuit Court. He is capable of advocating on behalf of his clients personally and assisting barristers where appropriate.
Peter’s work experience outside of the legal profession endears him to his clients and allows him to empathises with his clients’ circumstances while simultaneously providing clear directions toward an outcome.
Away from the office, Peter enjoys playing basketball, watching Rugby Union, and spending time with his family.