Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed for government lawyers who are new or relatively new to writing legal advice. It may also be a useful refresher for those with more experience.

Course outline

This half-day course focuses on the principles and skills essential to providing excellent legal advice. It concentrates on legal writing rather than skills such as legal analysis, statutory interpretation or legal research. The course covers:

  • the purposes of a written legal advice
  • the characteristics of a good legal advice
  • how to plan and structure a legal advice on any subject matter
  • the basic principles of advice writing
  • supervision of lawyers undertaking advice work.


Participants will come away from this course with the knowledge and skills to write legal advice that is:

  • focused
  • well-structured and accessible
  • concise yet comprehensive
  • practical and solution-focused.

The course also aims to expand participants' understanding of the role and special responsibilities of lawyers whose work involves advising government clients.


Our presenters are experienced lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment. They specialise in areas of law including statutory interpretation, machinery of government and constitutional law. Writing legal advice is a major part of their work.


This is a half-day course delivered online. This course offers 3 CPD points.


Standard fee – $440 (inclusive of GST) per person. No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.