Annie Smeaton, partner in Cooper Grace Ward's Workplace Relations and Safety Team has been recognised by HRD magazine as a 5-Star Employment Lawyer for 2021.

The award recognises outstanding service by professionals in the HR sector.

Over a fifteen-week period, the HRD research team surveyed HR professionals and leaders in the employment law industry to identify the cream of the crop in Australia's employment law market.

The team conducted in-depth phone interviews with the respondents, and obtained peer recommendations from employment lawyers. Candidates were chosen based on work quality, specialist expertise and client service quality.

Annie's standout accomplishments over the past 18 months were highlighted, including her understanding of the new COVID-19 legislation and commitment to educating employers about what it meant for them and their business.

Cooper Grace Ward congratulates Annie for such a notable achievement.