11 December 23 - Media Release
National law firm Holding Redlich announces the appointment of Sarah Byrne as a Partner in its Canberra office. Sarah brings with her a background in government spanning 30 years with extensive experience across various departments and agencies at both the state and Commonwealth levels.
With a distinguished career including General Counsel roles for the Commonwealth Department of Finance, the Department of Families and Community Services, and the Australian Medical Association, ACT Public Advocate and Deputy CEO of the ACT Justice & Community Safety Directorate, Sarah has provided legal counsel to a wide variety of government clients including the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Defence, the Australian Digital Health Agency, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also held Senior Executive roles in policy and corporate areas, giving her deep understanding of client needs.
Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Sarah held the position of Principal Advisor and Public Law lead at a national NewLaw practice, which twice won the Lawyers Weekly Award for Government Law Team of the Year. She is also known for her pro bono work for non-profit organisations in the arts and health sectors, particularly in governance and organisational matters.
Sarah specialises in all facets of government and administrative law, including statutory interpretation, administrative appeals, legislation development, and making robust decisions under legislation. Her other fields include research ethics, workplace, fraud and research misconduct investigations, mediation, and reviews of government structures, processes and programs.
“With a remarkable 30-year career working in, and for, government, Sarah is a welcome and valued addition to our Canberra office, our Commonwealth Government Team, and the firm as a whole,” said Holding Redlich's National Managing Partner Troy Lewis.
“Her expertise and experience align seamlessly with the existing skillsets of Canberra partners Elizabeth Carroll and Andrew Klein, and we look forward to the wealth of experience and knowledge she brings to our firm."
“I’m excited to be working with the great team at Holding Redlich and I’m looking forward to building even further on our already strong capacity to support our government clients,” Sarah said. “There is significant appetite in government right now for doing things differently and better, and Holding Redlich has the innovative and collaborative culture that can really lean in to those opportunities, for everyone’s benefit,” she added.