Daley PSM, Simon

Chief Solicitor Dispute Resolution

As Chief Solicitor, AGS Dispute Resolution, and with over 30 years in government practice, Simon has extensive knowledge of the unique requirements of litigating and resolving disputes for Commonwealth clients. He has practised in all areas of public law, with a particular focus on regulation, law enforcement, revenue and the conduct of inquiries.

He has led many teams handling large and complex matters. He regularly acts for Commonwealth agencies in privilege claims and the protection of government information, particularly in law enforcement and investigatory contexts. He led the legal team which assisted the Financial Services Royal Commission and the legal team which assisted the HIH Royal Commission. He also led the team of lawyers who worked on international arbitration and World Trade Organization issues in the Tobacco Plain Packaging litigation.

In recent years, Simon led a team to review the legal and enforcement function of a Commonwealth regulatory agency, which involved an assessment of the agency’s enforcement infrastructure. Simon has also been involved in reviewing the legal practices of 2 significant Commonwealth agencies in the same portfolio aimed at advising the agency heads on an appropriate fit-for-purpose structure for each practice and to recommend more effective ways of working together.

Simon was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2013 for his outstanding public service to the Commonwealth through leadership of AGS’s national Dispute Resolution practice and for ‘outstanding service to the Australian community through contribution to the development of the law and legal practice in Australia’. He was named Australian Corporate Lawyers Association Government Lawyer of the Year in 2003. Simon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.


Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney 1982

Areas of law

Litigation specialisation

  • Public law
  • Complex, large or sensitive litigation
  • Inquiries and investigations