Dempsey, Fiona

Senior Executive Lawyer

Employment and entitlements
McGowan, Nicky

Senior Executive Lawyer

AGS only works for government; and because we often represent agencies in different contexts, we have an intimate understanding of how they work and what their drivers are. AGS's clients benefit from our deep understanding of government context.

Our national team is unique in a number of ways:

We have decades of experience and a large ongoing practice, meaning we offer you a deep and current understanding of all aspects of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act).

A foundation of unrivalled corporate memory sees our practitioners accessing Australia's most comprehensive database of opinions, as well as leading practitioners and counsel in this jurisdiction, which enables a consistently rigorous and strategic approach to our work.

Our practitioners work with our clients to ensure active and effective management of claims, particularly long-term and complex claims. We can assist you with the development of strategies to reduce the number of claims, through prevention and effective management to assist employees to return to work, and proactive illness and injury management. We are attuned to the need to ensure that claims are managed effectively and that unnecessary litigation and costs are avoided.

We have an unrivalled expertise in the practicalities and processes of all relevant Acts as they relate to Government. Where necessary, we work alongside our employment and constitutional experts to ensure a whole-of-solution service.

We have Australia's most experienced practice in advising on all military discipline and veteran's issues.

Importantly, we have a deep cultural commitment to the model litigant guidelines. We understand that this is of critical importance to government. The way we conduct our matters, and the outcomes we reach, are always stress-tested against this framework. We understand the Commonwealth's vulnerabilities as a defendant and draw upon this experience to offer realistic and strategic advice.

We are experts in all aspects of Commonwealth workers' compensation-related staffing matters. Our team has worked on over 6,000 Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) applications under the SRC Act, on behalf of Comcare and agencies since 1988. When you partner with AGS, you are working with unrivalled expertise.

We have excellent and trusting working relationships with staff and members at the AAT in all jurisdictions. This means that our clients who need a truly national practice will have the right people in the right place with the relevant local experience to handle your matter.