Special Counsel

Maree O’Halloran joined New Law in April 2015 as an experienced advocate skilled in industrial negotiations. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1995 and holds a Masters Degree in Law specialising in human rights and social justice.
Prior to Maree’s appointment at NEW Law, she worked at the Welfare Rights Centre which is a community legal centre specialising in social security, family assistance and employment assistance law.  Maree managed the Centre, practised as a solicitor and advocated publicly for the rights of workers with disabilities and workers facing unemployment.  The Welfare Rights Centre has a number of NSW Trade Unions as affiliates and Maree worked closely with those unions.
Maree believes that the trade union movement is critical to the living standards and dignity of working people.  
Maree began her career as a teacher and is a former President of the NSW Teachers Federation. She was also an Industrial Officer of the Federation and has practised with McMahon Associates, a firm which conducted matters for teachers.  
In 2011, Maree was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of a range of representative roles in industrial relations and education.  She is currently a Director of Teachers Mutual Bank and a Graduate of the Australian Company of Institute Directors (GAICD).   In 2012 Maree was on the UNSW Dean’s List of Excellence achieving 1st place in Banking & Finance Law.
Maree is currently a member of the NSW Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for 2016 - 2019.


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