Patrick Turner is an employment and industrial Associate working in Maurice Blackburn’s Brisbane office, which is listed by the highly respected Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as one of two top tier law firms for employees in Queensland. In 2017, Patrick was the recipient of the national Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Award for Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety.
Patrick is a tenacious, incisive and hard-working negotiator who strives to secure the best outcomes for his clients. He was drawn to employment law on account of the vital role employment plays in people’s lives.
“For many, our work is at the core of our identity,” says Patrick.
“When people are dismissed, discriminated against, bullied or otherwise mistreated in the course of their employment, this can pose a serious threat to their financial state and mental health. I practice employment law to fight for those who have suffered wrongs and who most need an advocate.”
He has particular skills in employment contracts, discrimination law, general employment law and unfair dismissal, adverse action and workplace bullying claims.
Patrick graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, for which he was awarded notable accolades.
He joined Maurice Blackburn in 2014 following significant and productive stints as an employee of a former Deputy Premier and as a paralegal with the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service.
Patrick is a vigorous fighter for justice, and it’s the difference he makes in his clients’ lives that motivates him.
“The knowledge that a great outcome in an employment matter can change a person’s life for the better, whether by keeping them in the job they love or ensuring they have the means to begin a new chapter, is what drives me to fight for my clients.”
Patrick’s support of broader human rights is evident in his volunteer work for Amnesty International and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service. He also helped provide the seed which grew to establish Unions 4 Refugees in Queensland.
Accreditations & memberships
- Amnesty International Queensland Legal Network executive member
- Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Award, 2017
- Joan Allsop Prize, 2013
- Lions of Queensland John Francis O'Grady Memorial scholarship, 2013
- Dean's Commendation for High Achievement, 2012