9 December 2021
Andrew Buckland appointed Chief General Counsel
Andrew Buckland has been appointed as Chief General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel in AGS.
The appointment is made following the retirement of Guy Aitken QC after many years of distinguished service to the Commonwealth.
Andrew Buckland is currently the Deputy Chief Solicitor (Constitutional Litigation) in AGS and leads the constitutional litigation team, of which he has been a member since 2003.
Andrew brings to the position of Chief General Counsel a deep understanding of constitutional law and other fields of public law. He has acted for the Commonwealth in over 100 constitutional cases in the High Court and other superior courts, including section 44 citizenship cases, Williams (No 1) and Williams (No 2) dealing with executive power, numerous challenges to the immigration detention and offshore processing regimes, same sex marriage reform, the evolution of the freedom of political communication and the challenge to the Work Choices legislation.
Andrew is looking forward to working with Commonwealth colleagues to assist the Government to address the major legal issues of the day.