Skip to main content
article thumbnail

Lilian Zhou

Senior Associate


+61 7 3225 5946

Lilian is an experienced workplace lawyer, with both front end workplace relations advice experience and back end employment and industrial relations advocacy experience.


Lilian provides legal advice and assistance to her clients through the entire employment cycle from initial hiring, determining award coverage through to contract termination.

She has advised on a range of workplace law matters, including those involving:

  • Employee entitlements and benefits
  • Employment contracts and contractor agreements
  • State and federal discrimination claims
  • Unfair dismissal and general protection claims
  • Disciplinary processes and workplace investigations
  • Enforcement of post-employment obligations
  • Interpretation of industrial instructions, including modern awards and enterprise agreements
  • Labour hire arrangements
  • Workplace policies and training
  • Transfer of business
  • Managing ill and injured workers
  • Building industry safety matters, including advice on various Australian Standards

Lilian has assisted clients in a diverse range of industry sectors, including health, insurance, education, not-for-profit, building and construction and manufacturing.

By working closely with clients to identify their relevant workforce problems, she is able to help clients achieve their desired outcome in a collaborative, practical and responsive way.


Lilian has completed a secondment with the Fair Work Ombudsman Legal and Compliance team.

Examples of matters Lilian has acted and advised in include:

  • Representing a peak business organisation as part of the Annual Wage Review of Modern Awards in the Fair Work Commission to achieve sensible amendments to modern awards in the construction sector
  • Conducting a formal workplace investigation for a global manufacturing business, involving multiple interviews and reports with recommendations for appropriate disciplinary action
  • Assisting with the drafting of enterprise agreements and the associated bargaining strategy for a disability employment service company, large national clothing manufacturer and civil construction company
  • Preparing employer response and witness statements for an unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission and pleadings in a small claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) in the Federal Circuit Court
  • Appearing at conciliations on behalf of clients in a variety of matters in the Fair Work Commission, Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Human Rights Commission.


Recognised on the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland 2019 Inspo List.



  • Bachelor of Business (Economics), 2014, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, 2014, Queensland University of Technology


  • Queensland Law Society
  • Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
  • Asian Australian Lawyers Association