Government and Administrative Law

We understand the administrative legal framework within which the Government operates in and are highly experienced in advising governments of all levels, as well as companies and individuals, on administrative and public law. This includes information law related to privacy, secrecy and confidentiality, freedom of information, the operation and interpretation of legislation, and administrative review and decision making.

Alan Bradbury, the legal director leading our administrative and public law team, is an experienced and highly regarded Administrative Lawyer and is a past National President of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Administrative law is not just for Government; the firm has a strong history of providing administrative law services to the private sector to support transparent and defensible decision making at all levels.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Commonwealth Freedom of Information requests
  • The Government Information (Public Access) Act in NSW
  • Contract preparation and review
  • Local council advice
  • Trademark registration
  • Intellectual property
  • B2G transactions
  • Privacy protection, including under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW)
  • Administrative law challenges at all levels in a wide range of administrative tribunals and courts, including the AAT, ADT, ACAT, state courts (including the Land and Environment Court of NSW) and the Federal Court and High Court
  • Administrative investigations to report on factual findings and breaches of statutory codes of conduct within Government.
  • Claims for compensation under schemes such as the Commonwealth scheme for Compensation for Detriment caused by Defective Administration (CDDA)

If you have a question about Government and Administrative Law and how it relates to your business, please contact us.