Sarah is a lawyer who has worked in the areas of public and administrative law, health law, employment law, intellectual property and ethics for more than 30 years. Positions she has held include in-house counsel for State and Commonwealth health departments, General Counsel and Director of Ethics for the Australian Medical Association, General Counsel for the Commonwealth Departments of Finance, and Family & Community Services, Human Rights Advisor to the ACT Government, Deputy CEO for the ACT Department of Justice, ACT Public Advocate and, most recently, the Executive Director responsible for corporate services, grants administration and research integrity at the National Health and Medical Research Council. More recently she has worked in private practice as Public Law Lead for a team which was twice voted by clients as the Lawyers Weekly Government Law Team of the Year.
Sarah is an accredited mediator with particular experience in the resolution of workplace disputes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, maintaining an interest and involvement in clinical and corporate governance in the non-profit sector. Sarah has expertise in good decision-making and regulatory compliance. She is also a capable investigator with experience in workplace conduct and research misconduct processes.
Sarah is also recognised for her considerable expertise in information and privacy law, having headed the Information Law practice of a national law firm and produced an award-winning manual for the Commonwealth Department of Health. She has been closely involved in the development of policy and legislation around informed consent and substituted decision-making in several of her previous roles. Most recently she has been working with the Department of Social Services on privacy and information law, integrity issues, and the Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.
Sarah’s other recent experience includes:
Various government clients
Investigations and reviews into code of conduct matters, legislative compliance, and conduct of litigation. Sarah has led several reviews and audits of government agency compliance with employment law, legislative obligations and the Legal Services Directions. She has also undertaken investigations into some highly sensitive workplace misconduct matters. She has advised agencies on preparing for the National Anti-Corruption Commission, and compliance with privacy law and provided practical and strategic advice to address the findings of Royal Commissions.
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Department of Veterans Affairs
Australian Digital Health Authority
20 February 2024 - Knowledge
#Government, #Administrative Law
We discuss the elements of a ‘perfected’ decision – that is, one which is legally complete and not capable of being unilaterally withdrawn by the decision-maker.
21 Feb 24 - Melbourne
The Victorian construction industry is highly regulated with directors and officers of construction companies facing general and specific risks of personal liability for the acts of their companies. In this in-person seminar, partners Ben Marshall, Chris Brodrick and Lachlan Ingram will explore three key areas of concern for directors and officers in the construction industry.
21 Feb 24
In the first instalment of our 2024 Construction & Infrastructure webinar series, partner Christine Jones will round up the significant decisions from 2023 concerning the NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act and forecast what's to come in the new year. The one-hour online session will review last year's key changes to the Act, delve into the latest adjudication statistics and explore potential trends for 2024.
22 Feb 24 - Sydney
One of the few things we can rely on is change. Our annual NSW Government lawyers CLE intensive returns as an in-person CLE day, offering a range of topics and CPD core units. This year’s program invites us to filter through the noise and refresh key concepts and skills necessary for the year ahead.