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Advice Writing
Canberra, 26 April 2017


PID Act for Authorised Officers
Melbourne, 23 March 2017
Sydney, 2 May 2017


Tough conversations about poor performance
Melbourne, 3 May 2017


FOI and Privacy Forum 2017
Canberra, Friday 19 May 2017

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Express law 254 – Australian Government invites submissions on Productivity Commission’s final report on its inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements (25 January 2017)


Express law 253 – Full Federal Court hands down decision on definition of ‘personal information’ (25 January 2017)


Last week in Parliament Issue 50 – 28 November–1 December 2016


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Guy Aitken appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel

AGS’s Chief General Counsel Guy Aitken has been appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel.

Guy has established a reputation as an outstanding counsel and adviser to the Australian Government and is respected across the Commonwealth. His appointment as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel is appropriate recognition for his exceptional abilities and expertise in Commonwealth law. Read more


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FOI and Privacy Forum 2017
Canberra, Friday 19 May 2017

This forum will provide an overview of the current state of play under Commonwealth FOI and privacy lases, focusing on recent and emerging themes relating to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988, as well as to provide contextual discussion on the interplay between FOI and privacy laws, other Commonwealth laws and meeting legal and policy objectives.

To view forum details, download the FOI and Privacy Forum 2017 PDF document.


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Congratulations Paul Lang PSM RFD

AGS Deputy General Counsel Commercial Paul Lang RFD has been awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

The award was for ‘outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice to the Commonwealth’. Read more


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AGS sponsored the 2016 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot

For a number of years now, AGS has been the major sponsor of the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot. This year it was held over 3 days in late September at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. The Moot is presented by the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, hosted by the Melbourne University Law Students Society and sponsored by AGS. Read more


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New AGS magazine proves popular

AGS decided to create a new biannual publication to highlight some of our recent case studies and tell clients about our practice, our business and our people. It has been hugely popular and warmly received. You can read the first issue on this website. Read more


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AGS’s Helen Curtis named Government Woman Lawyer of the Year

On Thursday 3 November 2016 at a glamorous event at Old Parliament House in Canberra, the ACT Women Lawyers Association announced its Women Lawyers of the Year Awards. AGS’s Helen Curtis won the Government category.

Helen Curtis is an exceptional government lawyer and a highly experienced legal practice manager. She provides strategic, client-focused and practical legal advice on projects across the entire spectrum of commercial law to her Commonwealth clients. Read more


The Australian Government Solicitor Michael Kingston

Welcome to the new Australian Government Solicitor

Michael Kingston commenced as the new Australian Government Solicitor on Monday 5 December 2016. He comes direct from his role as Chief Legal Officer of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), based in Melbourne. From 1989 to 2003, he was a Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, practising in company and commercial law. Previously, he has worked in England with Slaughter and May and in Papua New Guinea as a government lawyer. He has also been an in-house counsel at BHP.