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Project Description

Mr Adrian Donaldson

Mr Donaldson has the benefit of a wide range of experience that comes with a lengthy career in the legal profession.

In 1975, he commenced work in the Magistrates Court, and later moved to the Crown Law Office.

In 1981, he graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws.

He was called to the Bar on 1 March 1982, and from that time practiced as a Prosecutor, and later a Crown Prosecutor with the Director of Prosecutions.

In 1982, Mr Donaldson was one of three Counsel appointed to form the Prosecution Task Force attached to the ‘Fitzgerald Inquiry’.  From 1989 to 1992, he was Counsel in the Office of the Special Prosecutor, and was involved with, and prosecuted, many cases that arose from the ‘Fitzgerald Inquiry’.  Many of those were notable cases of police corruption, official corruption, and associated offences.

In 1992, Mr Donaldson commenced private practice at the Queensland Bar.  Since that time he has practiced extensively in the criminal jurisdiction throughout Queensland as well as in other States of Australia.

Mr Donaldson practices in all jurisdictions from the Magistrates Court to the Court of Appeal.  He often appears before the Queensland Crime Commission, as well as the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

His experience as an advocate extends from the conduct of summary matters through to murder trials and arguing appeals in the Court of Appeal.

Notable Cases

R v Hoy – Mr Donaldson successfully argued self-defence in the trial of Ashley Hoy in the Supreme Court, Brisbane.  Hoy had been charged with the shooting murder of Craig Hill on the Gold Coast.  The trial heard that Hoy had been in a relationship with Hill’s former girlfriend whilst Hill was in prison.

The case was reported in the Courier Mail, and a copy of that article can be found here.

Should require any further information, please contact Mr Donaldson on the numbers listed opposite.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation


Inns of Court Gold Coast

Level 1 52 Davenport Street


Tel: 0412 155 600

Fax: +61 7 5580 3207


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