Government Administrative Law
Government decisions on individual matters must be accountable and transparent. Justice depends on it. We’re passionate about making sure administrative law improves the integrity of government, ensuring reviews and investigations are conducted with fairness and respect.
Experience counts. We’re currently appointed to a host of Commonwealth government parcels/panels for administrative law and litigation with agencies that have many hundreds of review matters on at any time. We’re often involved in high profile inquiries, including those before ICAC and the Police Integrity Commission.
We regularly appear in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Federal Court and the High Court for Commonwealth and State government agencies. It’s important to us that self-represented litigants can exercise their rights of review constructively. We’re also keen to see the statutory regime applied correctly—and public money used responsibly. We regularly advise on statutory interpretation including on the powers of statutory bodies and decision-makers, and investigations by regulators. We also have considerable experience guiding delegations and authorisations.
We understand the Commonwealth and State privacy and FOI legislative schemes. We’re called in to support merits and judicial review proceedings, where many of our team members act as solicitor-advocates.
Government agencies and their programs have to be accountable, which is why agencies trust us to guide them on corporate governance issues and accountability legislation. We also consult to statutory bodies and office holders on how to exercise their powers, especially around liability issues.