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Joint team leaders Rodger Prince and Louise Amundsen

Royal Commission thank you

When the public hearings of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry came to an end on Friday 30 November 2018, after 10 months and 7 rounds of hearings, 69 days of public hearings and evidence from 134 witnesses, 10,140 submissions, about 400 witness statements and more than 6,500 exhibits, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne praised the Commission’s staff – including the core team of 20 AGS staff. Read more

Joint team leaders Rodger Prince and Louise Amundsen

AGS will be the Solicitors Assisting the Aged Care Royal Commission

AGS has been appointed as the Solicitors Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The work of this Commission is an important part of contributing to social justice in Australia.

AGS is pleased to once again have been given the opportunity to support a Royal Commission, this time based in Adelaide. Read more

Olivia Ronan Golden Gavel winner

Olivia Ronan wins National Golden Gavel Competition

On Friday 19 October 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, AGS’s Lawyer Olivia Ronan won the national legal public speaking competition. In a fierce battle of humour, wit and originality, putting each young lawyer’s public speaking skills to the test, finalists must speak for 5 minutes on an outlandish topic, given to them only 24 hours prior to show time. So Olivia had just 24 hours to prepare her topic, ‘Dropping briefs and lodging subpoenas – tips on dating a lawyer’. Read more

Consumer Law Centre ACT

Launch of debt-enforcement clinic – AGS's new pro bono initiative

AGS is partnering with the ACT Consumer Law Centre to support the establishment of a debt-enforcement clinic in Canberra, a much-needed initiative to assist low-income and vulnerable clients in the ACT with enforcement action being taken against them, or at risk of enforcement action being taken against them at the Magistrates Court. AGS lawyers will be involved in the clinic which will commence on Friday 14 September 2018 and be part of AGS’s pro bono program. Read more

Australian Law Awards 2018

AGS wins 'Dispute Resolution Team of the Year'

On Friday 31 August 2018, AGS was announced 'Dispute Resolution Team of the Year' in the Lawyers Weekly 18th Australian Law Awards.

The gala event, celebrated at The Star Sydney, by over 800 of the 'legal profession's finest', according to Lawyers Weekly, 'recognises the outstanding work being done across major legal practice areas, brilliance at the bar, legal in-house powerhouses, innovators and various firm-led pro bono programs'. Read more

Lawyers Weekly award finalists 2018

AGS Training makes some changes

AGS offers a wide range of training courses to our clients that relate to many aspects of the business of government. We offer these courses on our Training Calendar but we also offer courses in-house for our clients where they have bigger numbers of people who need the training.

Our training covers administrative law, freedom of information and privacy, contract management, aspects of the litigation process, and the making and interpretation of laws. The courses range from 1-hour sessions through to 3-day intensives. Read more

AUSTRAC v CBA Sonja Marsic

OGC lawyer wins 2 scholarships to study at Cambridge

OGC’s Matilda Gillis is off to Cambridge after winning 2 major scholarships – the Henry Arthur Hollond Studentship and the Lionel Murphy Foundation Endowment’s Lionel Murphy Scholarship.

The Henry Arthur Hollond Studentship will fund all Matilda’s graduate course fees, all college fees to live at Trinity College, a stipend to cover expenses and a return flight from Australia to the UK. Matilda was also named as a 2018 Lionel Murphy Scholar. The Lionel Murphy Foundation was established in 1986 to provide a permanent institution to honour the unique contribution to public life in Australia by the Hon Lionel Keith Murphy QC. Read more

Jackson Wherrett Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30

AGS helped AUSTRAC on largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history

On 4 June 2018, an agreement was reached between the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) for a $700 million penalty to resolve Federal Court proceedings relating to serious breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. The case involved the misuse of bank channels and products by sophisticated money laundering syndicates and customers assessed as posing a possible terrorism or terrorism-financing risk.

The parties will jointly approach the Federal Court seeking orders to this effect. It is anticipated that a hearing on penalty will be scheduled in the coming months. If agreed by the Federal Court this will represent the largest ever civil penalty in Australian corporate history. Read more

Matt Walsh Tax Institute

AGS’s Jackson Wherrett wins place in Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30

On Friday 18 May 2018, Jackson Wherrett of AGS’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) was announced a winner in the Government category at the Lawyers Weekly ‘30 Under 30’ Awards. The event, celebrated at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency by over 500 of the ‘legal profession’s finest’, according to Lawyers Weekly, gives industry-wide recognition to the ‘top talent being exuded by those under 30 years of age’.

Two awards were announced for each of 15 categories, ranging from banking and finance, and dispute resolution to government, pro bono and technology, media and telecommunications, making up the ’30 Under 30’. Read more

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AGS magazine – Issue 3: 2017

Express law 275 – Federal Court holds dismissal of an ill employee breached the Fair Work Act 2009 (7 December 2018)

Legal briefing 111 – Dealing effectively with unsatisfactory performance in the Australian Public Service (29 November 2018)

Commercial notes 42 – Termination of Commonwealth contracts (19 November 2018)

Commercial notes 41 – Managing government contracts through financial distress (19 November 2018)

Litigation notes 27 (17 November 2017)

Last week in Parliament Issue 86 (3–6 December 2018)