Fiona Black

Senior Principal Lawyer

Fiona was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 after completing a two-year articled clerkship with the Crown Solicitor. Fiona specialises in employment and discrimination law, disciplinary matters, statutory interpretation and advisory work. Fiona first came to Crown Law in 2002. From 2005 to 2007, Fiona worked for Treasury Solicitors in London specialising in Employment Tribunal work and vexatious litigant applications. Fiona rejoined the Workplace Law Team at Crown Law in 2008. In 2014, Fiona had her first opportunity to act as Assistant Crown Solicitor.

Fiona advises and represents Queensland Government clients on: 

  • disciplinary matters, including suspension, termination and ill-health retirement
  • contracts of employment
  • discrimination and unfair dismissal claims and in appeals against decisions of Q-COMP regarding workers’ compensation claims
  • appeals to the Appeals Officer
  • employment law, administrative law and work health and safety 
  • industrial instruments.

Fiona's significant matters include:

  • advice in relation to the application of s. 3 of the Judges (Pensions and Long Leave) Act 1957 and the calculation of the judicial pension of a retiring judge. The conclusions in Fiona’s advice were upheld by the Supreme Court in Tutt v State of Queensland [2013] QCA 59.
  • a claim for damages for reprisals, including dismissal, under s. 43 of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994. The parties reached a confidential settlement before the claim went to trial on a without admission of liability basis. Fiona had conduct of this matter as instructing solicitor.
  • unfair dismissal matter relating to the storage and dissemination of a significant amount of pornographic material. The parties reached a confidential settlement before the claim went to trial on a without admission of liability basis. Fiona had conduct of this matter as instructing solicitor.
  • A highly-sensitive unfair dismissal matter relating to a death in custody. The applicant was a Corrective Services officer who had been dismissed for misconduct in relation to his failure to properly monitor live CCTV footage, which showed one prisoner killing another prisoner. The matter was part-heard when the applicant discontinued his application for reinstatement. Fiona and her Assistant Crown Solicitor, Samantha Kane had conduct of this matter as instructing solicitors.