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.
20 April 2020 - Knowledge
The Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (Department) is looking to improve the review processes of s7.11 local infrastructure plans (Plans) as part of a suite of proposed changes to the infrastructure contributions system in NSW
06 April 2020 - Knowledge
In May 2019, a new section 161 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (Qld) (Act) commenced which requires local governments in Queensland that supply a reticulated water service or sewerage service (Services) in all or part of its local government area (Relevant Councils) to declare service areas for those Services.
25 March 2020 - Knowledge
As the threat of COVID-19 continues to escalate, local governments across Australia have taken swift action to combat the virus, including recent legislative changes to elections and planning laws. In this article we examine some of those measures and other implications for Councils.
11 March 2020 - Knowledge
As the Queensland local government election date approaches, councils have entered a caretaker period during which certain decisions must be deferred until after the appointment of the new council. In the following article, we examine the business that councils can and cannot conduct during this period.
25 February 2020 - Knowledge
As the fires begin to ease, many councils in fire-ravaged regions are grappling with the aftermath of the bushfires. A new legislative change may bring some help to those councils who need to quickly enter into new contracts for goods or services to assist with the bushfire response and recovery.
20 November 2019 - Knowledge
Submissions are now open on the Commonwealth Government’s draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan. The Plan has been developed as part of the government’s $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund which is aimed at supporting initiatives that enhance the drought resilience of Australian farms and communities as they respond to the impacts of drought.