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
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