We have developed a strong reputation for delivering excellent results for local government.
Our team members have acted for regional and metropolitan Councils, and we work hard at building long lasting relationships with Council officers.
Our highly experienced team places a strong focus on excellent service and value for money for city-based and regional councils alike. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that councils are presented with and recognise that, in order to balance the needs of residents and stakeholders with the priorities and legal requirements of local government, a high degree of expertise and engagement is required.
We offer the expertise of lawyers who have not only acted for government as legal advisors, but who have also worked within government in the following areas:
Our Workplace Relations and Safety Partners and lawyers provide a comprehensive and integrated service to local government clients across the areas of employment, industrial relations and safety, including disputes matters.
The expert advice we provide assists clients to reduce legal risks associated with employment relationships, such as potential unfair dismissal, discrimination and bullying claims that might arise during performance management processes or restructures, including minimising public and media scrutiny in litigated matters.
Local government clients have direct access to the specialists in our National Procurement Team.
We provide procurement advice to local governments on the conditions of tendering including reviewing councils’ Request for Tender and other procurement documents to ensure that they:
Our team has extensive local government experience, having acted for a range of local councils across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
14 October 2020 - Knowledge
The Queensland Government has passed a new regulation to simplify the sale of land through auction or negotiation by local governments for overdue rates. We outline what the new provisions are.
16 September 2020 - Knowledge
The new Victorian Government Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package creates new opportunities for local government and hospitality sector to revitalise the economy. In embracing this new initiative, our hosts need to think about potential legal exposure.
09 September 2020 - Knowledge
We examine how the new Local Government Act 2020 will impact local governments’ procurement process and policies.
28 July 2020 - Knowledge
It will take many years to restore the economy and infrastructure of bushfire-impacted areas and for their animal and vegetation biodiversity to recover. The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 will be used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management to reduce the negative impacts of bushfire.