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Government

Holding Redlich has a history of advising and acting for departments, agencies and councils across the three tiers of Government – Federal, State and local.

Government

We have a proven track record of providing effective, responsive and reliable services to the public sector.

Expertise

Holding Redlich considers that an expert, independent, and well-resourced public service is essential for good government, and we work with our public sector clients to assist them to achieve positive outcomes in the public interest.

Understanding government

Our deep understanding of government is fostered from our experience acting for all levels of government through our appointment to the Whole of Australian Government legal services panel; our position on the legal panels of the New South Wales Government, Victorian Government and Queensland Government; and advising more than 60 local councils across Australia.

We know that to properly understand the challenges in providing legal advice to government, a firm needs to possess a breadth of experience drawn from working internally for government and also externally for consumers of government services. Many of our lawyers have worked in senior positions in government, served on government owned or associated bodies and boards, have government experience gained from secondments, or have a long experience in acting for government.

This experience helps us to understand the unique challenges of the public sector, including the financial, ethical, legislative and policy frameworks within which government operates. We also understand that the legal position on any issue is only one part of the wider picture, as government manages a range of stakeholder interests.

Ability to assist government

Our National Government Law Practice fosters deeply interactive relationships with our government clients, delivering expert legal services and advice that addresses the above key factors. We develop strategies to appropriately manage the considerations and risks of matters, and at all times ensure our clients are protected and their reputation is maintained.

Holding Redlich is experienced in handling difficult and complex legal issues for government across the full spectrum, including:

  • statutory interpretation 
  • public law matters, including administrative law, privacy and freedom of information
  • merits review and Federal and Supreme Court judicial review proceedings
  • royal commissions, inquiries, investigations and independent reviews
  • significant and/or sensitive property transactions
  • disputes and contentious transactions
  • public sector employment, industrial relations and workplace health and safety
  • probity and procurement.

We act for a range of government entities and stakeholders, including departments, agencies, government-owned corporations, statutory authorities and ministers.

We are also actively involved in and support the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Recent Posts

11 May 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

A wrap-up of the latest government news in NSW.

27 April 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

A High Court decision confirms that the Industrial Relations Commission’s jurisdictional powers, including in relation to unfair dismissals, can extend to public servants who are covered by their own statutory regime.

27 April 2022 - Knowledge

High Court decides the Commissioner of Police’s decisions to medically retire police officers are not exempt from unfair dismissal

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

This case raises interesting questions about statutory interpretation and the interaction between the Industrial Relations Act and other public sector legislation.

13 April 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

A wrap-up of the latest government news in NSW.

05 April 2022 - Knowledge

New Australian Government data sharing legislation commences

#Government, #Australian Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law

We shed a light on the Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022, the risks involved with data sharing and the importance for involved entities to be familiar with the requirements laid out in the new legislation.

30 March 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

A wrap-up of the latest government news in NSW.

16 March 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

We highlight some key updates for government as city life in NSW returns to ‘normal’, agencies undergo ‘machinery of government’ changes, and the new planning regulations and consolidated State Environmental Planning Policies commence.

02 March 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Data & Privacy

Recent and proposed amendments to Commonwealth critical infrastructure legislation will bolster New South Wales Government efforts to protect key New South Wales data.

16 February 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

A recent case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal demonstrates the risks of unlawful age discrimination and the need for an employer to treat each job applicant with respect.

02 February 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

The NSW Government is set to reform the state’s infrastructure contribution system, which will have considerable implications for NSW conveyancing practices.

19 January 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin – summer edition

#Government, #Administrative Law, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Procurement, #Property, Planning & Development, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we explore various skills to help you reset and reinvigorate for what lies ahead for the public sector in 2022.

08 December 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

In this edition, we take a close look at the ICAC’s latest guidance note on the dos and don’ts when obtaining external independent advice.