Working with government brings some of our most interesting and challenging assignments. Gadens acts for government, agencies and statutory authorities at all levels, including the Commonwealth Government, State Governments (including being appointed to the Queensland Government Whole-of-Government Legal Services Panel) and local and regional councils, including some of Australia’s largest.
Our dedicated Government Services Group includes a team of experienced, top-tier lawyers drawn from our various practice groups, who assist public sector clients to manage their often complex and strategically important requirements. This Group includes lawyers with first-hand experience working in government.
At Gadens, we pride ourselves on clear, practical and forthright advice. We help public sector clients make defensible decisions, manage risk, undertake transformative projects, implement and refine policy, deliver essential services and promote and defend the public interest. We understand transparency, accountability, probity and ethics. And we recognise that good government stewards the rule of law.
Our dedicated Government Services Group includes a team of experienced, top-tier lawyers drawn from our various practice groups, who assist public sector clients to manage their often complex and strategically important requirements. The group includes lawyers who previously worked in government legal teams, including the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and various State Government Departments.
As a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Legal Services Multi-Use List since its inception, Gadens has a long-standing history and established track record advising on constitutional matters relating to Australian trade and commerce, defence, foreign affairs, taxation, banking, communications and customs.
With over 10 years’ experience acting for the ATO and other Federal Government bodies including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), Commonwealth Superannuation Corporations, Office of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and Office of the Australia Accounting Standards Board (AASB), we have developed a thorough understanding of the political environment in which government departments, agencies and statutory authorities operate including the relevant legislative frameworks, constitutional law and administrative law processes.
Our expertise encompasses statutory interpretation, Federal and Supreme Court merits review and judicial review proceedings, advising in relation to reviews, inquiries and commissions of inquiry, legislation drafting, development and amendment, and all aspects of litigation including reviewing evidentiary briefs, advising in relation to numerous investigations, prosecutions and disciplinary proceedings including conducting appeals at the Federal and High Court level.
Gadens regularly advises various State governments and statutory agencies across Australia, particularly in the education, health, transport and housing sectors. Gadens is appointed to nine of 18 legal service categories that make up the Queensland Whole of Government Legal Services Panel, and we are one of the major suppliers of legal services to the Queensland Government, including Department of Education and Training, Department of Energy and Water Supply, Queensland Health, Department of Housing and Public Works, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Department of Justice, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Queensland Treasury.
Gadens has also represented a variety of other state entities such as Energy Safe Victoria, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), the Legal Services Board and WorkSafe Victoria.
In our quest to support the communities in which we work, Gadens has partnered with all types of local government authorities, statutory bodies and institutions and as a result remains appointed to the panels of a number of local Councils in regional and rural communities across all states including the Bayside City Council, City of Ballarat, City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council, City of Port Phillip and Redland City Council.
As the local government sector is impacted by legislative developments as well as political, social and economic factors, local councils, bodies and institutions require a legal partner that not only keeps ahead of these developments but also has significant experience across various areas of law.
Our experience and expertise encompasses advising on work approvals and license approvals, governance, administrative law and statutory interpretation, council rate issues, building for council purposes, advice relating to the application of local government laws, contract administration and procurement, employment and risk management strategies, occupational health and safety, public law, freedom of information and privacy in addition to the full range of dispute resolution matters.
We have particular expertise advising councils and elected officials on transparency and accountability matters, including on anti-corruption matters, electoral laws compliance and fundraising issues.