Nathaniel Harris

Principal Lawyer

Nathaniel is a government lawyer with expertise in judicial review litigation and advising clients on administrative decision-making.

He graduated university with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts in 2015 before undertaking a graduate position in Administrative Review with the Office of State Revenue.

Nathaniel joined Crown Law in 2018 where he has specialised in constitutional and administrative law. He regularly conducts complex and high-profile litigation on behalf of the State in a range of proceedings before State and Federal Courts and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal including:

  • applications for statutory orders for review, and applications for review under s 43 of the Judicial Review Act 1991
  • applications commenced in the review jurisdiction of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • matters arising under the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009
  • applications, compulsory conferences, hearings, mentions, directions and review hearings.

Nathaniel received a Crown Law Legal Expertise Award in 2022 in recognition of the sound advice he regularly provides to his government clients and the high level of client service he delivers.

He has also developed and provided bespoke decision-making training for government clients and previously worked as a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology’s Law School.

Nathaniel has instructed or appeared as advocate in administrative matters in the Supreme Court, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, including:

  • Supreme Court proceedings involving challenges to the Queensland Police Service’s COVID-19 vaccination directions
  • Supreme Court proceedings commenced by the Electoral Commission of Queensland for declarations under the Electoral Act 1992 against Palmer Leisure Australia
  • a novel application in QCAT involving the dismissal of a privacy complaint brought many years after the relevant breach was alleged to have occurred
  • appearing on behalf of the Parole Board of Queensland on short notice, in complex applications by prisoners in relation to their applications for parole.