Congratulations, Cathy Reid PSM
AGS's Deputy Chief Counsel Commercial, Cathy Reid, was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2019 'for outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice and contributions to the strategic management of major Commonwealth infrastructure, marine and aviation projects'. Read more
Ian Deane PSM is a finalist in ‘Government lawyer of the year’
AGS’s Special Counsel Ian Deane PSM has been named a finalist in ‘Government lawyer of the year’ in this year’s Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.
This event celebrates the success of individual in-house lawyers and legal teams across all industries in Australia. Winners will be announced at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency on Friday 29 March 2019. Read more
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
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 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
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
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
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
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