Benedict Coyne is a specialist advocate in employment, industrial and workplace law. Prior to being called to the Bar he successfully obtained Specialist Accreditation in Workplace Relations Law from the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and the Queensland Law Society (QLS). Benedict has experience in representing both employers and employees in a variety of matters in multiple jurisdictions. Benedict draws on over 9 years of litigation experience at national preeminent law firms in class actions law, administrative law and general litigation and more recently as Executive Counsel/ Special Counsel at two boutique Queensland law firms listed in Doyle’s Guide.
As a solicitor, Benedict has wide-ranging experience in litigation in State and federal courts, tribunals and commissions - from running judicial review matters in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland, to employment and workplace matters before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia, human rights and discrimination matters in the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Qld Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and experience investigating class actions, criminal defence and child protection, appearing in coronial inquests, Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry.
Between 2016 - 2018, Benedict served two consecutive terms as national president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), a national network of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. Combining the subject matter of his Masters dissertation and his work with ALHR, in February 2015 Benedict established and co-led the campaign for a Queensland Human Rights Act which after a sustained campaign of over four years achieved the passage of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld).