Neil Douglas


For over 40, Neil has practised predominantly in the public law field dealing with governance and administrative law issues affecting federal, state and local governments, statutory authorities, agencies and employees.

Neil’s background includes extensive experience working in senior positions for the Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra, the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office and the Crown Solicitors’ Office in Perth – covering a wide range of advisory, transactional and litigation work.

Before joining McLeods as a partner in 2006, Neil was a partner at Minter Ellison for 16 years and was head of its government, environment and planning group.


Neil’s experience includes the conduct of 3 statutory inquiries, all with the powers and procedures of a Royal Commission, and each report tabled in State Parliament.:

  • In 2000, Neil was appointed to head a 2-year statutory inquiry into the provision of obstetric and gynaecological services at King Edward Memorial Hospital. The 5-volume report (which included 237 recommendations) is recognised nationally as a clinical and management best practice model.
  • In 1999, Neil headed a 14-month inquiry in the City of Cockburn – the first public inquiry under the Local Government Act 1995.
  • Four years earlier, Neil headed an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in the provision of child and adolescent psychiatric services at Hillview Terrace hospital.

Neil has served in various roles including –

  • Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission (2012-2015)
  • member of the Council of Edith Cowan University (2003-2012)
  • legal member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1992-1998)


LLM (Public Law) (ANU)
LLB (Hons) (UWA)
B. Juris (Hons) (UWA)
Admission as Barrister and Solicitor (WA, 1978)
Accredited mediator LEADR