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Clare O'Connor

Clare O'Connor


Clare practises in employment, criminal and administrative law.  She has worked as a legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Councillor Conduct Tribunal.

She is available to be briefed in trials, pre-trial applications and sentences in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts, and appeals in the Court of Appeal.

Before joining the bar, Clare was employed as a Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Qld) from 2007 to 2018.  She has appeared in hundreds of trials, sentences, legal arguments, and bail applications in locations across Queensland.

Clare continues to be regularly briefed in prosecution, defence and confiscation matters in the state and federal jurisdictions, including workplace health and safety matters.  Clare is appointed to the Legal Aid Queensland complex case panel and has appeared on applications under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Qld) She also appears for applicants and respondents in domestic violence matters and she represents defendants in criminal matters in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.

In her employment practice, Clare has represented employers and employees in the Fair Work Commission and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.  She accepts briefs in employment and industrial matters including unfair dismissal, bullying, sexual harassment and anti-discrimination matters.  Clare has experience appearing for the regulator in Work Health and Safety matters in trials and sentences.  She holds a Masters of Employment and Industrial Law through the University of Melbourne. 

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