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General contract law

AGS combines outstanding technical depth of contracting knowledge with an intuitive understanding of the context and frameworks unique to government. We are part of government. This is second nature to us. No other legal services provider has the broad-ranging, Commonwealth-specific suite of skills to assist you in your end-to-end requirements.

Because of our breadth of government experience, working with a wide range of agencies, we are able to identify real-time emergent contractual trends, pressure points and drivers from the perspectives of both sides of an agreement.

While we will ensure that the transaction drives the contract, our solution will always be built for government purpose and robustly defensible. We will partner with you to show you how to do what you want to do.

We can leverage our whole-of-government experience to assess risk, determine the right contract structure, design whole-of-life management plans, provide tailor-made dispute resolution clauses and negotiate with preferred tenderers.

While achieving sound commercial outcomes, we can show you how to best protect the Commonwealth’s rights in all contracting arrangements.  As experts at drafting complex memoranda of understanding (MOUs), we are always mindful of key drivers of both Commonwealth and State or Territory agencies.

We also have unrivalled expertise in advising on all aspects of Commonwealth grants – and the policy and legislative framework within which they operate. We helped develop the whole-of-government contracting suite and the whole-of-government grant agreement template suite. Where necessary, we can seamlessly provide you with constitutional advice on Commonwealth grant and funding arrangements.

No other legal services provider has the broad-ranging Commonwealth-specific suite of skills to assist you in your end-to-end requirements.

Like you, we understand that these arrangements will be publicly scrutinised and may be subject to Senate Estimates questioning or attention from the Australian National Audit Office. We know these processes intrinsically. We will always bring a strategic approach to your grant arrangements, based on our lived experience.

We will also help you make the right connections to the right people in the right agencies to support your policy and program aspirations. Our lawyers have worked extensively within various agencies.

We understand our clients. And we help them achieve their aims in a manner that works for government.