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Alanna Fitzpatrick

Alanna Fitzpatrick is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice. She is an experienced workplace health and safety lawyer. She is a responsive, pragmatic and empathetic lawyer who assists her clients to navigate serious safety incidents and accidents. She assists clients respond to and engage with regulators undertaking investigations following safety incidents in a manner that is designed to ensure that the risk of reputational damage and personal/corporate prosecution is minimised. 

Alanna is also an experienced front end safety lawyer, providing compliance advice to a range of organisations to understand and discharge their obligations under safety legislation and for officers, developing a suite of material to enable those officers to discharge their duty to exercise due diligence. She delivers engaging and informative presentations on safety related topics include crisis management, due diligence and managing the risk of psychosocial harm.  

Alanna 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. She has a particular focus on assisting employers to manage ill and injured employees and restraint of trade matters.

Alanna is a commercially focused 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 Court and Supreme Court of Queensland. 

Alanna has advised her clients on all types of workplace investigations and undertakes workplace investigations, particularly those relating to bullying allegations and sexual harassment.

Alanna has advised companies in various industries including agriculture, aviation, construction, energy and resources, medical and pharmaceutical, retail, higher education, government departments and government owned corporations.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Alanna worked in the employment team of a large national Australian law firm.

Alanna also 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. 

  • Recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a Recommended Lawyer for Labour and employment: Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) in Australia, 2024
  • Listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended Leading Work Health & Safety Lawyer in Queensland, 2022-2024

Alanna is an experienced trainer and regularly presents seminars and training on a broad range of employment related issues including workplace investigations, managing ill and injured workers and bargaining. She has developed and implemented a strategy to minimise industrial action during negotiation of collective agreements for a range of clients in the building, finance and manufacturing industries. Alanna has also prepared and presented a workplace training program to more than 200 long term employees designed to implement significant cultural change.

  • "The future of work – anticipating changes in the workplace", HRD's Employment Law Masterclass, Brisbane, 7 November 2023
  • “Sexual Harassment as a Psychosocial Risk,” Australian Institute of Health and Safety, 8 June 2023
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  • Employment lawyer to offer insights, tips for HR at upcoming masterclass in Brisbane, Human Resources Director, 26 September 2023
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