AGS is a group within the Attorney-General’s Department
AGS became part of the Attorney-General’s Department on 1 July 2015. It continues to operate as the pre-eminent provider of legal services to the Australian Government and its agencies and will have its own independent functional identity within the Department. Pursuant to the Judiciary Act 1903, Ian Govey AM has been appointed to head up AGS with the newly created position of the Australian Government Solicitor.
Arts Law Pro Bono Award
Each year the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law), one of our pro bono clients, gives Pro Bono Awards in recognition of the contribution that volunteers and pro bono lawyers from across the country make to Arts Law’s clients.
AGS's National Manager of Pro Bono Services Geetha Nair was the winner of one of the Arts Law awards this year. However the award is really recognition of the very valuable work that is done by AGS lawyers who have been seconded to Arts Law or otherwise involved in the organisation and whose work has assisted many of Arts Law’s clients. Read more
Tom Howe PSM QC
Tom Howe QC’s distinguished service to public law and Commonwealth litigation was recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Tom was awarded a Public Service Medal for ‘outstanding public service through Commonwealth litigation’. Read more
AGS wins in ‘Equity market deal of the year’
AGS is delighted to announce that we won the 'Equity market deal of the year' category in the Australasian Law Awards 2015. The award, which covers a number of firms including AGS, is for their work on the Medibank Private IPO. AGS acted as the Commonwealth’s probity advisers on the transaction.
The awards were announced in Sydney on 21 May 2015 and were sponsored by Australasian Lawyer magazine. The list of finalists was determined after extensive research on the various projects.
Our legal team was led by Chief Counsel Commercial John Scala and Garth Cooke as deputy team leader. In commenting on the nomination, John said, 'This recognition from our peers is appreciated by the whole AGS team and reflects the hard work and dedication of the whole team.'
AGS wins Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award
On Thursday 20 November 2014, AGS's National Manager Pro Bono Services Geetha Nair, and our legal team of more than 80 lawyers who undertook pro bono work in 2013–14, won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 2014 Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) In-house Lawyer Awards in Adelaide. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of legal services and the contribution made by in-house lawyers, whether in government or corporate legal departments.
Since 2008, we have increased our pro bono contribution annually. In 2013–14, it was over 7,500 hours of pro bono legal work, valued at more than $2.6 million. This is an increase of 2,300 hours and 44% since our first full year in 2009–10.
In 2013–14, we continued established relationships with public interest clearing houses and community legal centres in each State and Territory and included new placements with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (NSW), the Women’s Legal Centre (ACT) and the Consumer Action Legal Centre (Victoria). Read more
Successful year for AGS
AGS's 2013–14 annual report has been tabled in Parliament. The report details a highly successful year in which we assisted clients with everything from high-profile High Court cases and royal commissions to routine contract or procurement matters.
Our work assisted with key Government priorities including Operation Sovereign Borders, the privatisation of Medibank, 2 royal commissions and the Farm Finance Concessional Loan Scheme.
We remained the leading supplier in the government external legal services market, despite increased competition, and delivered profits above our corporate plan targets. In addition, we made significant savings in our corporate areas and overhead expenses.
This year marks 30 years since AGS began operations under our current name. While much has changed for AGS during those years, one thing has remained the same – our dedicated service to government and to our clients.