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Australian Government Solicitor
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‘The survey results indicate also that the Australian Government Solicitor has a stronger reputation for legal expertise than many of the law firms that pitch for federal government work.’  The Australian, 3 September 2010

‘AGS has proven very responsive, experienced and professional.’ CLIENT SURVEY 2010

‘Because AGS primarily provide legal services to the Commonwealth conflicts of interest are far less likely to arise for AGS than for private sector legal firms.’ FaHCSIA 2012

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About us

AGS is Australia's leading provider of legal services to government, a role that we have fulfilled since Federation and our sole reason for existing.

Our long experience in working with government agencies means we understand the Government's legislative and regulatory frameworks, policy objectives and key programs. We work with client agencies to deliver their outcomes and minimise legal risk by providing high-quality advice and representation and timely, reliable service. We have the expertise, the corporate memory and the resources to do this in a way no other legal practice can.

As a legal practice owned by the Commonwealth, AGS is dedicated to the interests of our clients individually and the interests of government as a whole. We work in collaboration with your in-house legal teams, providing value-for-money legal services supporting a 'whole-of-government' perspective.

AGS is one of Australia's largest national legal services providers, with offices in every capital city and approximately 320 lawyers who cover some 40 different areas of law related to government. We provide our legal services through 3 national practice groups:

We act for most Commonwealth agencies covered by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act). We act for a large number of Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) bodies including some Commonwealth Government Business Enterprises (GBEs).

As a GBE we, like our clients, are publicly accountable and aim to serve the public good.

Visit our 'areas of law' for details of AGS's expertise and experience.

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Providing excellent client service is extremely important to AGS.

In our most recent client survey, almost 1,000 respondents from approximately 100 agencies rated AGS very highly in 5 key areas – legal expertise, quality of relationship, ease of doing business, understanding their business and responsiveness.

Our National Client Service Managers are the main contact for clients about any matter or aspect of our service delivery. Their role is to ensure that your needs are met efficiently and effectively and that your experience with AGS is the best it can be.