We undertake work for a variety of NSW government agencies including:

  • TfNSW
  • RMS
  • RailCorp
  • NSW Trains
  • Sydney Trains
  • Office of Environment & Heritage
  • Department of Planning & Environment
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • Department of Industry
  • NSW Department of Education & Communities
  • NSW Health
  • NSW Land & Housing Corporation
  • NSW Police Force
  • Barangaroo Development Authority
  • Delta Electricity
  • Endeavour Energy
  • Port Authority of NSW.

We have advised on the following matters:

Property transactions and advice

  • SWOT analysis of various leases and licences
  • Inter-relationship of overlapping easements and practical operation of rights and obligations
  • Pro-forma licences and leases
  • Infrastructure easements
  • Traffic management strategies
  • Land sales and swaps
  • Acquisitions
  • Partnering arrangements between agencies.

Contentious property matters

  • A dispute regarding the ability to vary waterfront licences
  • A dispute regarding obligations to repair under a waterfront lease
  • A dispute in relation to the results of a property search which allegedly did not disclose the proximity of a property to a proposed infrastructure project
  • Interpretation of covenants to pay rent, repair and maintain and make good under waterfront leases and licences and the ability to vary the same
  • Direct negotiations with tenants, termination arrangements at the end of a long term lease and the strategic issues relating to the re-marketing of property
  • Various matters arising out of the insolvency of a tenant including the step in rights and obligations of the financier.

Environment and planning

  • A number of hospital developments, including carrying out development under the Infrastructure SEPP, complying with obligations under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and land acquisition issues
  • Re-zoning of land and voluntary planning agreements for development in the Lower Hunter Region of NSW and in Western Sydney
  • The securing of biodiversity offsets and securing land for inclusion in the national park estate.
  • Establishing the nature and extent of existing use rights in relation to government-owned structures, including the extent to which these rights can be relied on to redevelop the subject site
  • Advising in relation to strategies to secure the protection of a geological feature, including advising on the interaction between mining laws and environmental protection legislation.

Dispute resolution

  • Contested subpoenae and subpoenae in sensitive matters
  • The fraudulent issue of certification cards and other documents by a private sector organisation whose approval had been cancelled by the agency
  • The unauthorised use of agency names and trade marks by a private fundraiser purporting to have been engaged by a charitable organisation to generate funds on their behalf
  • The prospects of recovery of funding provided to a senior employee of a NSW government department
  • A claim against the agency’s former lawyers for professional negligence in connection with a GST clause in an asset disposal contract
  • Relationships with private sector operators in contemplation of the implementation of a new policy for the use of agency owned facilities used by those operators
  • Advising on potential liability to a former tenant under a letter of comfort arising from a potential change of use of an asset
  • A dispute regarding allocation of project risk and rectification of defects in an urban renewal project constructed by a developer with the benefit of a 99 year lease.

Inquiries and administrative law

  • An independent review of a series of transactions relating to crown land, involving a 360 degree review of various decisions to convert a perpetual lease to a commercial lease and to change the declared purpose of the land
  • Acting for Government witnesses in public hearings before the ICAC.


  • The operation of the Disability Discrimination Act (Cth) and the assistance animal scheme in NSW.


  • A coronial in relation to a single vehicle motor accident.


  • Assisting in the preparation for Privacy Impact Assessments for projects involving the collection of personal and sensitive information from customers where that information is shared with subcontractors and third parties for verification and other purposes, and making recommendations for privacy notices and relevant practices  and retention policies.
  • Workplace health & safety
  • Advising a NSW agency on its Work Health & Safety obligations.

Staying in touch with Government

Our program

As well as the annual Government lawyers conference soon to be in its fourth year, we run ad-hoc seminars specifically tailored for Government lawyers and we produce a fortnightly Government Bulletin, containing news and analysis relevant to NSW Government lawyers.

If you wish to stay in touch, please send an email to mary.cagalitan@holdingredlich.com. You can expect to receive:

  • fortnightly editions of Government Bulletin
  • an invitation to our annual Government lawyers conference, usually held in February
  • invitations to seminars specifically tailored for Government lawyers (around 2-3 per year)
  • (for General Counsel and senior government lawyers) invitations to our Thought Leadership Series events (2 per year) where we host guest speakers, such as (in 2014) Ian Temby QC, the NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs, the Cth Disability and Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan, (in 2015) Jim Betts, CEO of Infrastructure NSW and Professor Michael Regan of ARRB Group (formerly the Australian Road Research Board). Our guest for our first event for 2016 was NSW State Coroner, His Honour Michael Barnes. 


We also host a LinkedIn group for NSW Government lawyers, through which we distribute Government Bulletin, seminar invitations and the invitation to our annual Government lawyers conference. Search “NSW Government lawyers” under groups in LinkedIn.

Seminars at your agency

Our lawyers are regularly asked to present seminars within agencies and our national knowledge manager regularly presents to NSW Government lawyers on free access online legal research tools and is available to conduct bespoke training on demand.


Holding Redlich is again the major sponsor of the NSW Law Society’s Government Solicitors Conference.


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