Fiona Manderson, Director of Compliance and Risk, and Legal Counsel, Hillcrest Christian College, Queensland
Fiona Manderson 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 significant experience in family, child protection and domestic violence law, employment law, discrimination, defamation, consumer protection, and contractual disputes. She has appeared in the Magistrates Courts, Federal Circuit Court and Family Court, Coroners Court, 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 for schools. This depth of experience across a number of areas of law has contributed to her skill in preparing policies and procedures that are proactive in preventing legal issues where possible.
Valued for her significant experience responding to complex school law matters, she has become an integral part of the Hillcrest Christian College team over the past 12 months.
Fiona has been an accredited as an Independent Children’s Lawyer for 10 years, and holds accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (mediator). Fiona has served on the board of 4 not-for-profit organisations, is a current committee member of the Australian Belted Galloway Association, in addition to currently being an acting Company Secretary of another entity.
Her broad experience working across a number of jurisdictions has resulted in a breadth of experience sought after by independent schools and charities.