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David Quinn

LLB (Hons), BA, Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations - Queensland Law Society

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety, Government


David Quinn is an experienced Special Counsel in the Workplace Relations & Safety team and has been recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Employment Lawyer in Queensland every year since 2015.

David represents individuals, small and medium businesses, unions, government agencies, community and political organisations, by providing advice on all aspects of Commonwealth and State industrial law, employment contract law, discrimination, workplace health and safety, restraints of trade, defamation, electoral law, health practitioner investigations, industrial, community organisations’ internal rules, and general commercial law issues.

David appears regularly as an advocate for clients in industrial and discrimination tribunals (both initial hearings and appeals), Federal Circuit Court and Magistrates Court proceedings, as well as appearing as a solicitor in all Federal and State Courts, coronial inquest and Crime and Corruption Commission hearings.

David has been recognised in the 2015 to 2021 edition of Doyles Guide as a recommended lawyer in Employment (Employee & Union Representation) in Queensland. 


David’s experience includes:

  • employment contract disputes 
  • Fair Work Commission matters
  • professional body disciplinary investigations 
  • work health and safety
  • discrimination and bullying 
  • workplace investigations
  • defamation.


06 October 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

A recent failed challenge to the Sunshine Coast Mayoral election prompts aspiring and successful candidates of the potential tripwires they should be aware of before, during and after their campaigns.

11 March 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

As the Queensland local government election date approaches, councils have entered a caretaker period during which certain decisions must be deferred until after the appointment of the new council. In the following article, we examine the business that councils can and cannot conduct during this period.

05 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

After a year of to-ing and fro-ing, the Queensland Government has now passed the second wave of local government reforms following from the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Belcarra Inquiry and the Soorley Inquiry.

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