We have developed a strong reputation for delivering excellent results for local government.
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 team has extensive local government experience, having acted for a range of local councils across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
24 September 2019 - Knowledge
Are Aboriginal objects on land potentially a defect in title? This question was discussed by the NSW Court of Appeal in Mehmet v Carter. And the short answer is: Yes, Aboriginal objects on land may be a defect in title where they are protected from disturbance under a law.
09 September 2019 - Knowledge
In Barrak v City of Parramatta Council  NSWCA 213, a councillor was expelled by the City of Parramatta Council’s Mayor for acts of disorder consisting of calling the mayor a “clown” and alleging that the Council’s solicitor had misled the Supreme Court in proceedings brought by its then Chief Executive Officer, to restrain the Council from dismissing him.
09 August 2019 - Knowledge
Technology enabling facial, fingerprint and iris scans offers employers an efficient and accurate means to secure their workplaces, monitor and record their employees’ time and attendance.
18 June 2019 - Knowledge
Changing planning strategies to build more new homes in sought-after areas of major cities would have a bigger impact on affordability than introducing a national housing strategy, according to Grattan Institute fellow Brendan Coates.