Claire McGee

Senior Associate

Claire joined Gilshenan and Luton in 2015. She has significant experience representing professionals such as public servants, solicitors and teachers in occupational discipline matters, including appearing in hearings before QCAT. She has a keen interest in assisting health professionals such as, doctors, nurses and other practitioners in matters brought by the Health Ombudsman or the National Board.

In criminal law, Claire acts in a diverse range of matters, with particular experience in:

In addition to acting in criminal defence matters, Claire has appeared in coronial inquests, Commissions of Inquiry and regulatory prosecutions.

Claire previously took a two-year hiatus in London where she undertook prosecutions while practising in a boutique criminal law firm that specialised in the private prosecution of individuals. She also worked as an adjudicator at the Housing Ombudsman Service, investigating and determining disputes between social housing tenants and landlords.

Claire has channelled this experience into assisting our Workplace Investigations team in conducting thorough and extensive investigations into allegations of employee misconduct.  

Claire is a member of the following professional societies:

  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Australasian Association of Workplace Investigations
  • Women Lawyers Association of Queensland

In her free time, Claire loves to travel, practice yoga and read.

Recent articles by Claire

Your guide to the principles of Commonwealth sentencing for Federal offences

Commonwealth offences sentencing

Commonwealth offences include drug importation, terrorism, Australian Tax Office and Medicare fraud and are sentenced differently to State-based offences.
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Taking immediate action against health professionals when in the public interest

Health professionals and immediate registration action when in the public interest

As of 1 March 2018, the power to take immediate registration action against a health practitioner was extended to include the power to take such action if the Health Ombudsman reasonably believes the action is “otherwise in the public interest”.
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What constitutes a criminal charge of choking, suffocation or strangulation?

What does it mean to choke, strangle or suffocate someone; from a criminal law perspective

To choke, strangle and/or suffocate are not actually defined in legislation but you can still be found guilty and they are serious criminal offences.
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New laws for replica firearms in Queensland – February 2021

Replica firearms (gel blasters) & other restricted items

In February 2021, new laws came into effect in Queensland to address the purchase, possession, storage and use of replica firearms.
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