AGS a finalist in Australian Law Awards Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2018
Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with the University of NSW, revealed the finalists for this year’s Australian Law Awards on Thursday 12 July. Winners will be announced in Sydney on 31 August. AGS is a finalist in the category ‘Dispute Resolution Team of the Year’ in what is an impressive and competitive field of 10 legal practices.
Our Dispute Resolution team represents Commonwealth entities in a wide range of matters, including high-profile national security matters, Australia’s largest class actions, and litigation relating to competition, employment law, information protection, tax and administrative law. Read more
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
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
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
AGS's Matt Walsh speaks at The Tax Institute
AGS’s Special Counsel Tax Disputes Matt Walsh presented a paper on ‘Tax deeds’ to The Tax Institute’s 4th national infrastructure conference, held over Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May 2018 in Melbourne. There were 180 attendees, making it the most well attended of the Institute’s national infrastructure conferences held to date.
The Tax Institute provides a forum for its members to share their knowledge and experience, with the membership including tax professionals in industry, academia, government and public practice throughout Australia. The Institute’s national infrastructure conferences are held annually, and focus on the tax issues arising for investors in Australian and overseas infrastructure projects. Read more
AGS Graduate wins ACT Golden Gavel
On Monday 14 May at the Great Hall in University House at the Australian National University, AGS Graduate Olivia Ronan won the ACT Golden Gavel as part of the launch of Law Week.
Up against a field that included 2 other young lawyers from the APS and 3 from commercial law firms in Canberra, Olivia shone with her speech topic, ‘Swipe right, I am a lawyer’. Read more
AGS’s In-house Counsel team
While a large number of AGS Dispute Resolution lawyers routinely appear as solicitor–advocates, we also have specialist advocates who are regularly briefed to appear as counsel by both AGS and private firms.
Chief Counsel Dispute Resolution Tom Howe PSM QC is our most senior and experienced counsel. But AGS Dispute Resolution is expanding its pool of practitioners who practice principally as counsel and we have recently added [above] Irene Sekler, Peter Melican and Sarah Wright to the in-house counsel team which includes Tom and Senior General Counsel Tim Begbie, Andrew Berger, Peter Macliver and Damien O’Donovan. Read more