Eleanor Dickens

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Eleanor was named Public Law Lawyer of the Year and is recognised by her peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in Public Law.

– Best Lawyers Australia


Eleanor's extensive experience in public and administrative law, coupled with her notable focus on information law, integrity, and accountability, make Eleanor a recognized specialist in Administrative, Information and Public Law.

Notable Work
  • Acted for Queensland Departments, Universities, Statutory Authorities, Government Owned Corporations and Local Governments in relation to highly contentious and sensitive corruption investigations and associated matters.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Queensland Treasury in relation to all aspects of the management of a data breach associated with SPER notices.
  • Acted for a Hospital and Health Board in relation to a sensitive and contentious review and investigation into service delivery concerns.
  • Acted for a regulator in relation to an investigation conducted by an Ombudsman
  • Conducted a review of Queensland Treasury's complaints processes including ensuring compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory frameworks and applicable Australian standards.
  • Advised Queensland Universities on the management of Public Interest Disclosure investigations and corruption investigations, including on appropriate investigation procedures, liaising with external investigators and engagement with the Complainant.
  • Advisor to Queensland Government Departments and Regulators in relation to complex data sharing arrangements, automated decision-making processes and the use of algorithms and AI in regulatory decision-making processes.
  • Acted for a Government Owned Corporation, Statutory Authorities and the Queensland Information Commissioner in judicial review and other proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.
  • Advisor to Departments and Statutory Authorities and Universities in relation to privacy issues, including privacy audits, information handling practices; functional reviews of FOI information access and privacy processes and complaints processes and data breach processes and preparedness.
  • Advisor to Queensland Government Departments, Local Governments, Government Owned Corporations, Universities, Statutory Authorities and Local Governments and individuals in relation to all aspects of the RTI Act including assistance and advice in respect of complex and contentious RTI access applications; discrete advice on specific issues; internal and external review processes and QCAT appeals.
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