McInnes Wilson Lawyers recognises that administrative and public law is a complex and highly specialised area which requires expertise and focus to meet and exceed client expectations.

Our level of expertise allows clients to quickly understand any administrative law issues they may have, and achieve a timely and structured solution based on our advice.


Our Administrative Law team has been actively involved in some of the most high profile administrative law cases in Queensland. We have a proven track record of conducting reviews and appeals, judicial review litigation and advising numerous statutory boards, authorities and decision makers on all facets of administrative law.

Our administrative Law team is also highly experienced in acting for clients in respect of all forms of misconduct or compulsory statutory hearings and inquiries including Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC); ASIC; coronial inquests and professional, vocational or trade related disciplinary hearings.

Our clients operate in many government and industry sectors, including:

  • Government Departments, Statutory boards and authorities
    • Department of Defence
    • Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
    • Medical Board of Australia
    • Psychologists Board of Australia
    • Dental Board of Australia
    • Podiatrists Board of Australia
    • Pharmacists Board of Australia
  • Local government councils
  • Clubs and Member based organisations 
  • Business entities with dealings with local, state or commonwealth governments


Examples of our Administrative Law experience include:

  • Providing timely strategic legal advice to administrative decision makers exercising statutory powers or to entities which may be affected by administrative decisions.
  • Proactive legal advice and representation where administrative decisions are under challenge or potential challenge.
  • Advice and representation in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Advice on Commonwealth and State Freedom of Information laws, particularly on proposed and emerging changes to Queensland Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.
  • Advice on statutory interpretation, representation in Administrative Appeals, and advice on emerging jurisdictions such as the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Representation in Commissions of Inquiry, Coronial Inquests or other statutory inquiries, strategic decision making and evidence gathering in statutory or regulatory inquiries.
  • Strategic advice and representation within the aviation industry upon regulatory and administrative review actions and inquiries.
  • Representing appellants in appeals to the Federal Courts from decisions of the Migration Review Tribunal.