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Outposted lawyer service

AGS is uniquely placed to provide appropriately qualified lawyers on a outposted basis. AGS appreciates the issues facing our clients in the management and delivery of quality legal services (for example cost control, value for money, informed purchasing, keeping up with the pace of law reform). As a result, we can assure technically excellent as well as cost-effective legal assistance from our outposted lawyers.

Over the past 8 years, we have filled well over 450 outpost positions across more than 40 agencies. Many of these placements have been long-term and performed at the equivalent of Head of Legal or General Counsel positions.

We tailor an outpost arrangement to meet clients' unique needs. AGS outposted lawyers or teams of lawyers can work as a member of an in-house legal team or as an in-house legal team, in a line area or as a member of a special project team, or any combination of these options.

We are able to offer outposts with varying levels of expertise across the entire spectrum of legal areas, including practice management and for specific timeframes (weeks, months, years) and often on very short notice.

Our outposted lawyers have worked in-house with clients on some of the most challenging recent matters for the Commonwealth Government, developing major legislative reform proposals including:

  • the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the Clean Energy legislation package, as well as the new legislative regime for carbon capture and storage
  • reforms to water use and management in Australia and the development and implementation of the Commonwealth Water Act 2007
  • National Energy Market Reform and the creation of the Australian Energy Market Operator.

AGS outposted lawyers were also heavily involved in advising on Australia's response to the global financial crisis.

We can provide outposted lawyers to assist with government reviews, investigations and inquiries; act in matters before the courts or tribunals; provide advice and assistance in freedom of information, Commonwealth Ombudsman and privacy matters; or provide advice on a range of commercial legal issues, including tendering, procurement, contracts and agreements, grants and funding programs, software licensing and the acquisition and leasing of IT products and services or managing intellectual property.

Denise Saunders

Denise Saunders
National Manager Training and Practice Services
02 6253 7268