Assistant Crown Solicitor
Philippa leads the Constitutional Law Team. In the complex realm of government and constitutional law, she regularly provides high-level advice on complex constitutional issues such as freedom of interstate trade and freedom of political and government communication.
Philippa has acted for the State of Queensland in various High Court litigation matters including the Hells Angels challenge to the validity of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013.
- Acting for the State of Queensland in the High Court proceedings commenced by a member of the Hells Angels, challenging the validity of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 and other Queensland laws introduced in 2013 aimed at criminal gangs. The matter was referred to the Full Court of the High Court where the validity of the act was upheld.
- Acting as instructing lawyer to the Solicitor-General in High Court litigation of APLA v Legal Services Commissioner NSW (2005) 219 ALR 413 which upheld the constitutional validity of the New South Wales ban on lawyers advertising their service in relation to personal injuries claims.
- Acting as instructing lawyer to the Solicitor-General in High Court litigation of Betfair Pty Ltd v Western Australia (2008) 234 CLR 418 where the High Court held unanimously that the Western Australian Government did indeed establish discriminatory burdens of a protectionist kind, and declared the amendments invalid.
- Advising on the constitutional validity of proposed amendments to Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.