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AGS Deputy Chief General Counsel awarded Public Service Medal

Leo Hardiman’s outstanding work has been formally recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, after earning a Public Service Medal ‘for outstanding public service through the provision of legal services to the Commonwealth.’

Continuing on a proud tradition of AGS lawyers receiving this prestigious award in recent times, including Cathy Reid and Hilary Manson in 2019, Leo is a worthy recipient. Read more

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AGS lawyer Liam Boyle takes out prestigious legal research prize

Liam Boyle’s hard work has paid off, with his essay, ‘The Significant Role of the Australia Acts in Australian Public Law’ earning him the 2020 Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research.

Named after one of Australia’s foremost legal scholars in the late Professor Leslie Zines, the annual Prize was first established in 2010 to honour his work, legacy and also recognise, encourage and reward excellence in legal scholarship. Read more

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New advice templates

AGS has developed new advice templates, in both memorandum and email form. We have worked with the Plain English Foundation, which has expertise in the science of how people read and digest written information.

The review of our templates was prompted by feedback received in our client satisfaction survey. Read more

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Coronavirus resources centrelast updated 6 August 2020

Our COVID-19 Resources Centre has a number of useful links and helpful guides that can be used to help navigate through the current environment.

The most recent updates include significant revisions to the Australian jurisdictional responses to the pandemic, and changes to our factsheet on execution solutions for remote working arrangements. Read more

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Training courses in 2020
Virtual Employment Update – 29 July 2020
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Last week in Parliament – Issue 107 (15–18 June 2020)
Express law 288Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia & Ors v Qantas Airways Limited [2020] FCA 656 (18 May 2020)
Legal briefing 113 – After the election – what happens? (6 May 2019)
Fact sheet No. 3Lands Acquisition Act 1989 – for property managers (updated July 2020)
Ligitation notes No. 30 – This issue contains notes on the High Court's decisions in cases concerning the implied freedom of communication from 2017 to 2019 (29 November 2019)
Litigation notes No. 29 – This issue contains notes on selected constitutional cases decided between 2017 and 2019 (29 November 2019)
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