Tony Keyes

Senior Deputy Crown Solicitor

Tony leads Crown Law’s Constitutional and Administrative Law Branch. He has a wide knowledge of government law affecting the State of Queensland and is widely recognised for his expertise and wisdom in coordinating and advising on complex whole-of-government matters.

His experience includes inter-governmental negotiation and inter-agency coordination of sensitive legal and policy issues, encompassing extensive stakeholder consultation, deft management of competing interests, and astute advice in pressured, time-critical and intensely-scrutinised processes.

Tony leads the State’s legal representation before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. That work involves the coordination of instructions and information from a range of departments and agencies, liaison with other jurisdictions and interaction with the Royal Commission, all in relation to sensitive and complex subject matter.

Tony has advised jointly with Solicitors-General on a range of complex, high-level legal and constitutional issues, including constitutional conventions, criminal organisation laws, criminal justice system reforms, Commonwealth and State electoral laws, health system reforms and Crown succession.

Tony has appeared with Solicitors-General in constitutional matters in the High Court, and in the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal and Trial Division), the Federal Court and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

  • Leading the team that successfully defended the challenge to Queensland’s anti-bikie laws in Kuczborski v Queensland (2014) 89 ALJR 59.
  • Leading the legal representation of and appearing for the State in investigative hearings and policy forums of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse since 2013.
  • Providing strategic constitutional advice to the Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence chaired by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
  • Advising and representing the State on all aspects of the Shen Neng 1 grounding on the Great Barrier Reef in April 2010 involving constitutional, maritime, environmental, international and criminal law, civil litigation and intergovernmental relations.
  • Acting on behalf of the State in the first claim of its kind in the Federal Court of Australia (Admiralty Division) brought by Swire Navigation Pty Ltd seeking limitation of liability and establishing a limitation fund for payment of claims under the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1989 and the Admiralty Act 1988 arising out of the 'Pacific Adventurer' oil spill off Moreton Island in 2009. The State’s claim was approximately $31 million, which was resolved through alternate dispute resolution.