Nance, Emily

Deputy Chief Solicitor Dispute Resolution

Administrative law

With more than 20 years practising in administrative law, Emily has broad experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and the negotiation of settlements, as well as experience in civil penalty matters for a range of regulators. She specialises in Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Judiciary Act 1903 review proceedings, migration law and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) proceedings, as well as limited merits review proceedings under the National Electricity Law and National Gas Law.

Emily defends a range of applications in the Federal Court, including various challenges to the Minister’s EPBC Act approval decisions, and acts on behalf of clients in the High Court, the Federal Court, the Australian Competition Tribunal, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has also represented a range of Commonwealth agencies in royal commissions.

She is a regular presenter at AGS law forums, and chaired the 2019 AGS Administrative Law Forum, as well as the Legalwise Seminar for Government Lawyers on Public Interest Immunity, Ethics and Anti-bribery Legislation in 2013.

Emily received an Attorney-General’s Department Australia Day Achievement Award in 2019, for her work on responding to applications for urgent transfer from Nauru and other locations on medical grounds.


Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1995