Ms. Fitzpatrick is an experienced employment, industrial relations and workplace safety lawyer.
She is experienced in dealing with a wide range of employment matters including executive employment issues, performance management, grievances, disciplinary matters, discrimination and termination of employment. Ms. Fitzpatrick has a particular focus on assisting employers to manage ill and injured employees and restraint of trade matters. Ms. Fitzpatrick is a commercially focussed and pragmatic litigator. She has assisted clients to litigate individual and collective disputes in the Fair Work Commission as well as disputes and regulatory prosecutions in the Federal Circuit Court and Supreme Court of Queensland. These include applications for unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims, actions by senior executives and post-employment restraint matters. Ms. Fitzpatrick has a strong focus on workplace health and safety, providing front-end compliance advice as well as assistance in managing workplace incidents and prosecutions. Ms. Fitzpatrick has advised her clients on all types of workplace investigations and undertakes workplace investigations, particularly those relating to bullying allegations and sexual harassment. Ms. Fitzpatrick has advised companies in various industries including aviation, construction, energy and resources, medical and pharmaceutical, retail, higher education, government departments and government owned corporations.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked in the employment team of a large national Australian law firm.
Ms. Fitzpatrick has worked at top tier and national mid-tier legal practices in Brisbane with a specific focus on employment, industrial relations and workplace safety law.
Prior to commencing in private legal practice, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked for the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations where she developed employment legislation and policy and was involved with the management of internal employee issues.