Fiona Manderson, Director of Compliance and Risk, and Legal Counsel – Hillcrest Christian College
Fiona was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in January 2005, and practiced in traditional law firms and Legal Aid Queensland for 15 years before leaving to undertake an “in-house” role at Hillcrest Christian College.
Fiona has appeared in the Coroners Court and the former Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, and has experience dealing with complex school law, commercial and employment law litigation. More recently, she has undertaken employment law, defamation, consumer protection, discrimination, contractual disputes, and appeals work representing schools in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal including in high profile and complex multi-jurisdictional matters.
She also has extensive experience in Family Law and domestic violence matters, and has regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate in the Magistrates Courts, Federal Circuit Court and Family Court, including as Independent Children’s Lawyer. Fiona has been an accredited as an Independent Children’s Lawyer for the last 10 years, and holds accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and volunteer at Women’s Legal Service.
Fiona has served on the board of 3 not-for-profit organisations, including an Independent Church board.
Her broad experience working across a number of jurisdictions has resulted in a breadth of experience sought after by independent schools and charities.