Gerard has worked continuously in government law for over 30 years and has represented clients in all Queensland courts, as well as the Land Court, the Family Court and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). He advises on and conducts judicial review, right to information and privacy litigation and advice.
Gerard’s particular interest is in development, application and interpretation of State and Commonwealth legislation. He regularly advises high-level government officers on complex matters, including advices on Queensland Government legislative proposals, constitutional matters and administrative law matters.
Gerard has worked as legal advisor to the Commissioner of Police and was appointed Queensland’s first Assistant Information Commissioner in 1993, conducting mediations and external reviews under the Freedom of Information Act 1992. He also worked in the Queensland Transport and Main Roads legal office for eight years.
- Appearing as counsel on the Marine Boards of Inquiry into a collision in the Whitsundays in 2002 and 'The Wunma' in 2007.
- Negotiating, drafting and advising government on the Mango Hill/North Lakes project.
- Advising on the legal requirements which apply when determining whether a prisoner is a member of a ‘criminal organisation’.
- Assisting the government for over eight years with extensive advice on developing policy into legislation across the broad range of Acts and subordinate legislation in the transport portfolio, including its function as industry regulator.
- Appearing as junior counsel to the Solicitor-General in several High Court constitutional matters.