Fran Keyes

Senior Principal Lawyer

Fran is a specialist in government insurance and risk. She has extensive litigation experience, most recently in workers’ compensation claims.

Fran has represented the State of Queensland in the High Court of Australia, the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, District and Magistrates Court. Fran regularly liaises with WorkCover Queensland and employer departments who she represents at conferences, applications, mediations and trials.

Fran has extensive management experience and a particular interest in the training and mentoring of staff. Most recently, Fran:

  • assisted in leading one of Crown Law’s three PIPA teams (2008–2010)
  • led one of Crown Law’s two WorkCover Teams (2010–2013)
  • was Official Solicitor on secondment to the Queensland Health Payroll Commission of Inquiry (2013)
  • assisted in the leadership of the merged WorkCover teams in her role as Special Counsel (2013–2016) and currently leads the team.

Fran commenced at Crown Law in January 2007. Previously, Fran worked in the private sector as a Senior Associate with DLA Piper Australia, and with Ashurst Australia and Minter Ellison where she handled complex, high-profile personal injury litigation claims.

Since 2010, Fran has undertaken some of the most complex and major legal matters in the WorkCover team. Her speciality is pure psychiatric claims. She managed severe psychiatric injury claims as a result of violent assaults in the workplace.

Fran instructed the Solicitor-General in a claim by a plaintiff who was catastrophically injured during his employment as a paramedic which involved Commonwealth aviation and State compensation law and contribution claims between defendants.

In 2013, Fran was seconded to the Queensland Health Payroll Commission of Inquiry and, in her capacity as Official Solicitor, assisted the Commissioner and counsel.

While a senior associate at DLA Piper, Fran also set up, led and coordinated a team of lawyers providing a pro bono advice service for the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (2005 – 2006).