Philippa Mott

Assistant Crown Solicitor

Philippa leads the Constitutional Law Team. In the complex realm of government and constitutional law, she regularly provides high-level advice on complex constitutional issues such as freedom of interstate trade and freedom of political and government communication.

Philippa has represented the State of Queensland in various capacities, including most recently:

  • acting as junior counsel to the Solicitor-General in the High Court (Brown v Tasmania (2017) 261 CLR 328;  X v Callanan & Anor [2016] QCA 335)
  • instructing the Solicitor-General and other counsel in constitutional law matters in the High Court and other State and Federal courts (for example Kuczborski v Queensland (2014) 254 CLR 51; Spence v Queensland (HCA No. B35 of 2018)
  • coordinating State legal representation before the Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry and the Queensland Rail train crewing Commission of Inquiry
  • providing legal advice to government in the context of the development of Human Rights legislation in Queensland
  • providing legal advice to government in respect of indemnity arrangements for Ministers and judicial officers
  • managing the legal practice of the Solicitor-General by:
    • managing the conduct of all constitutional litigation before the High Court and other State and Federal courts on behalf of the State
    • drafting, settling and providing strategic input into advice and submissions for the consideration and signature of the Solicitor-General and other counsel.


  • Legalwise – Information and Parliament (2019)
  • QLS Government Lawyers Conference – What’s new in constitutional law (2017)
  • State constitutional law: the basics – Crown Law Legal Conference (2014)
  • Legalwise: Public Interest Immunity (January 2014)
  • Crown indemnity – client training (2013)
  • State Constitutional Law: the basics – CLE (2013)
  • Legalwise:  Statutory Interpretation workshop (2013)
  • UQ/QCAT Conference:  Statutory Interpretation and the relevance of constitutional principles (2012).