Jackie Hamilton

Assistant Crown Solicitor

Jackie is a workplace law specialist and Assistant Crown Solicitor in Crown Law’s Workplace Law Team. She joined Crown Law in 2000 after working in the private sector with Minter Ellison Lawyers and other law firms. 

Jackie has extensive experience in the areas of discrimination law, workplace law, industrial law, discipline matters and WorkCover appeals and has appeared in the Industrial Relations Commission, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court of Australia and the Full Federal Court of Australia.

With 20 years’ legal experience, Jackie has provided advice on and represented clients in a broad range of employment, discrimination and industrial relations issues, including:

  • acting for the State in defending a fair treatment appeal in relation to a large scale recruitment process
  • defending the State in actions for breach of employment contract
  • defending the State in dispute notifications in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
  • defending an application for an injunction made under the repealed Whistleblower Protection Act 1994
  • defending the State in a claim of equitable estoppel
  • providing employment advice on:
    • Queensland Government policies and risk management
    • an employer’s obligations to rehabilitate an injured worker
    • the sufficiency of evidence to support disciplinary findings against an employee under the Public Service Act 2008
    • a number of significant discipline matters under the Public Service Act 2008, including drafting key documents relied on in the discipline processes
    • the legal risks associated with employing or refusing to employ a person with an injury
    • advising on various protections and obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010
    • employees’ entitlements under contract and statute
    • employment contracts
    • statutory appointments
    • the process to retire an employee with ill health
    • the operation of various provisions under the Public Service Act 2008
    • whether the private interests of certain employees conflict with their official work duties
    • whether certain action taken or proposed to be taken is discriminatory
    • whether certain departmental procedures have a discriminatory or potentially discriminatory effect
    • complaints of official misconduct under the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 (repealed) and the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
    • unauthorised appointments
    • recovery of overpayment of wages
    • criminal history checks and the process to be followed in conducting criminal history checks
    • health and safety matters
    • award modernisation process
    • union’s right of entering an employer’s premises
    • workplace bullying
    • employee complaints and grievances.