Fran Keyes | Special Counsel

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Fran is an Australian Legal Practitioner. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1996 and registered in the High Court of Australia in 2000.

Fran has extensive private and public sector legal practice experience specialising in:

  • insurance and risk management
  • employment law
  • public liability
  • workers’ compensation
  • health law
  • motor vehicle law; and
  • general litigation.

A former solicitor for Crown Law, Fran worked in senior roles advancing to Assistant Crown Solicitor and acted as Deputy Crown Solicitor. 

She most recently practiced in the management of complex government injured workers claims and for many years led the largest work injury practice in Queensland. 

Prior to this, she had co-led the Personal Injuries (public liability) team. During her tenure at Crown Law, she was instrumental in the forming and implementation of the Crown Law mentoring program. 

She continues to shape minds of emerging legal practitioners as an adjunct lecturer at College of Law, Brisbane.

Fran regularly appears and conducts compulsory, settlement conferences and mediations.

She also prepares and conducts trials and interlocutory applications across court levels including the District Court and Supreme Court (Trial Division and Court of Appeal), and special leave applications to the High Court of Australia.

She manages and conducts the most complex, sensitive and major legal matters under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (as amended) and the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002, Workers’ Compensation Act 1990, Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999, WorkCover Queensland Act 1996, Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994, and Civil Liability Act 2003.

Fran has had extensive experience at top-tier national legal practices acting for a wide range of private and public-sector insurers and employers.

She recently ran her own legal and mediation practice specialising in employment law, until she joined our team.

Fran’s service to her clients is to bring mature insight to their business operations and needs, tailoring her legal advice, advocacy and strategy to suit their needs.

Qualifications and Accreditation

  • Bachelor of Laws (UQ)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Government) (UQ)
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)


June 2017: Crown Law Choice Award for Excellence

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