Louise Syme

Senior Principal Lawyer

Louise has worked with government agencies, both State and Commonwealth, since graduating law with honours in 2002. She joined Crown Law in 2010.

As a Senior Principal Lawyer in our Advocacy Chambers, Louise provides specialist legal advice to clients including the Department of Health, Department of Education, Training and Employment and the Attorney-General of Queensland on statutory interpretation, prosecutions and investigation techniques and requirements.

Louise’s practice at Crown Law includes advising clients on complex litigation including statutory prosecutions and regulatory matters, proceedings before the Mental Health Court, coronial investigations and inquests, professional discipline proceedings and investigations.

Louise regularly appears on behalf of her clients in Queensland Courts to conduct hearings, applications and appeals. Her clients frequently request her assistance in responding to regulatory investigations, subpoenas and coronial investigations.

R v Santos,   Bluewind Shipping Ltd & Ors [2011] 254

Prosecution under  the Transport Operations (Marine  Pollution) Act 1995 in relation to the discharge of oil from the ‘MV  Pacific Adventurer’. The owners of the ship were ordered to pay a total of $1.2  million in penalties and publish an apology.

District Court appeal against conviction

A woman was convicted of four offences against the Local Government (Operations) Regulation 2010 in Beenleigh in March 2012. The appellant appealed against all four convictions on various grounds in January 2014. Leave to extend the time to appeal was allowed in relation to one conviction and the guilty verdict was set aside. The application to extend the period of time was otherwise refused.

Inquest: December 2013

Crown Law represented a department in an inquest into the death of a person who was an employee of the department at the time of his death. At the inquest, the coroner considered whether the employee’s workplace contributed to his death. No adverse findings were made against the department.

Legal Services Commissioner v Plaintiff [2013] QCAT 260

A legal practitioner was found to have dishonoured an undertaking given to counsel, failed to comply with statutory notices under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (LPA), withdrawn trust money contrary to the LPA and failed to provide an itemised account as required under the LPA. The plaintiff was ultimately found guilty of professional misconduct and was struck from the role.