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Holding Redlich advises a range of Commonwealth and State Government agencies. We understand the financial, ethical, legislative and policy frameworks of government and we have a track record of providing effective, responsive and reliable legal services. Moreover, we understand that the legal position on any issue is only one part of the wider picture for government, as it manages a range of stakeholder interests. Many of our lawyers have experience working in government agencies from prior roles or secondments or have a long experience in acting for government.

We are on the Commonwealth Legal Services Multi-Use List and provide legal services to Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Comcare, the Australian Building and Construction Commission, Bureau of Meteorology, Fair Work Ombudsman, the Native Title Tribunal, the Department of Environment, Australia Post, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Screen Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

We have been on the Victorian Government legal services panel (in its various forms) since 2002. We were recently appointed to the new Victorian Government Legal Services Panel in the areas of Construction and Infrastructure Projects, General Commercial, Contracts and Procurement, Property and General Litigation. We are instructed by the Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Human Services, VicRoads and Federation Square. We also acted for the Victorian Government in the Cole Royal Commission. We also advise AMES and Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, both of which are part funded by the State.

In New South Wales we have been appointed to the NSW government legal services panel (in its various forms) since 2012. Since then we have carried out work for TfNSW, RMS, RailCorp, Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, the Office of Environment and Heritage, the Department of Planning and Environment, the Department of Industry, Regional Infrastructure and Services, the Department of Education and Communities, NSW Health, the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation, NSW Police Force and the Port Authority of NSW. We have also been appointed to the legal services panel for the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. 

We have been appointed to the new Queensland Government legal services panel. Our Queensland Government clients include Queensland Business Services Authority, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Residential Tenancies Authority, Workcover Queensland and Screen Queensland.

We have advised significant State owned corporations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, including Ausgrid (NSW), Delta (NSW), Endeavour Energy (NSW), Ergon (QLD), Essential Energy (NSW) and SPARQ Solution (QLD).

Holding Redlich is also on the panel of a number of local Councils including the City of Sydney, Yarra City and Goulburn Valley Regional Collaborative Alliance.  We act in litigation matters for Cessnock City Council.

Legal expertise

Our experience with Government agencies covers the following areas of law:

  • statutory interpretation
  • FOI, privacy, GIPA and PIPPA
  • merits review and Federal and Supreme Court judicial review proceedings
  • independent reviews, inquiries and commissions of inquiry
  • significant and/or sensitive property transactions
  • disputes and contentious transactions
  • public sector employment, industrial relations and occupational health and safety.

Our experience

We advise Government on a range of matters, including:

  • asset sales
  • competitive tendering and procurement in the acquisition of goods and services
  • corporate governance
  • infrastructure development
  • outsourcing, including IT outsourcing
  • property and leasing
  • planning and environment
  • land acquisition
  • public/private partnerships
  • construction.

For more detailed information on our government work in each of our key jurisdictions, please click on one of the links below.

Key People

Howard Rapke | Melbourne
Dan Pearce | Melbourne
Greg Wrobel | Sydney
Christine Jones | Sydney
Scott Alden | Sydney
Suzy Cairney | Brisbane

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