Our People


Simon Gates

Senior Associate


In 2005 Simon graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001, and was President of the Law Student’s Association at the University of Tasmania in 2004.

In 2007, after living and working as a volunteer in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. Between 2007 and 2011 Simon was Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General for the State of Tasmania, during which time he acted as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.

Simon was appointed Legal Advisor (2011) and then Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) to the State Attorney-General before entering private practice.

In July 2017, Simon became a partner at McLean McKenzie & Topfer

Simon practices in a number of areas of law with an emphasis on:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Litigation
  • Medical negligence
  • Government law
  • Discrimination law
  • General Court work

Simon is also a Commissioner on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Commission.

Simon is married with 3 children and in his spare time enjoys fly fishing, playing music and jogging.