Deputy Crown Solicitor
Philippa is the Deputy Crown Solicitor responsible for leading Crown Law’s Constitutional and Advocacy Branch. She is highly experienced in a number of legal practice areas including constitutional law, administrative law and statutory interpretation. She regularly provides advice on complex constitutional and public law issues at the highest level of government. Prior to returning to Crown Law in 2023, Philippa held a senior legal position at Queensland Treasury.
Philippa draws on her breadth of experience in public law to provide strategic, practical, solutions-focused advice on complex, significant and sensitive matters. She is committed to responsive client service and prioritising client relationships.
Philippa has represented and advised the State of Queensland in various capacities, including appearing as junior counsel in the High Court and Queensland Court of Appeal in constitutional matters. She also has extensive experience managing constitutional and public law litigation both in Federal and State courts.
Philippa has also led and co-ordinated State legal representation in commissions of inquiry and provided advice about the development of the Human Rights Act 2019 in Queensland.
She regularly advises government about ministerial and judicial indemnity arrangements.
Recently, Philippa advised government about litigation under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 and the Mental Health Act 2016.
Philippa has been invited to speak at various government law conferences including the Queensland Law Society Government Lawyers Conference and the Gilbert & Tobin national constitutional law conference.