Claresta Hartley


Claresta joined Harmers’ Sydney team in February 2009 and works across all of the firm’s practice areas. Claresta provides strategic and practical advice on a range of employment and industrial law issues, including: employment contracts and policies; executive service agreements; enterprise agreements; corporate advisory; modern awards; redundancies; performance and separation management; and unfair dismissal matters.

Claresta is extremely service oriented and manages a number of key corporate client relationships within the firm. She has represented clients in various courts and tribunals, including the Fair Work Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia. Claresta’s client base includes large corporate employers, small to medium enterprises, unions and individual clients.

Claresta graduated from the University of Sydney with a combined Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (French Studies) in 2005. During her university studies Claresta completed a working exchange program in France and was employed part-time as a law clerk at a Sydney firm. Prior to joining Harmers, Claresta worked as a paralegal in London for a large international firm and then completed the Law Graduate Program at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now the Fair Work Commission). Claresta was admitted as a solicitor in December 2007 and continued working at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission as an Associate to a Presidential Member. She was involved in the award modernisation process and gained experience in unfair and unlawful dismissal issues.