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Administrative law
Canberra, 31 January–1 February 2017


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Canberra, 2 February 2017


GLG – When is an appeal from the AAT (un)appealing?
Sydney, 9 February 2017


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Express law 252 – New Commonwealth Procurement Rules to apply from 1 March 2017 (30 November 2016)


Legal briefing 108 – After the election – what happens? (25 May 2016)


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


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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.


Sir Harry Gibbs

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


The Australian Government Solicitor Michael Kingston

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


Defence Reservist, Captain Graham Bannerman

AGS wins 2016 Defence Reserve Employer Support Awards

On Thursday 28 July 2016 at the Anzac Hall of the Australian War Memorial, AGS was announced as winner in the hotly contested Government category (with 41 nominations from 17 agencies) of the Defence Reserves Support Council (ACT and SE NSW) 2016 Employer Support Awards.

Along with the other employers, AGS was also recognised with a Certificate of Recognition as a ‘Supportive employer’. The citation reads: ‘Presented to the Australian Government Solicitor in recognition of your continued support to the Australian Defence Reserves. Reservists are an essential part of our Defence Force. They rely on the support of the community at large and their employers in particular, to succeed in their role. This certificate is issued in recognition of your support for your Reservist employees.’ Read more