The Constitutional & Administrative Law Practice Group specialises in the areas of constitutional law, intergovernmental agreements, statutory interpretation, administrative law, access to government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 ("GIPA Act") (formerly Freedom of Information Act 1989) and privacy law.
We regularly appear for clients in the High Court, Federal Courts and State Courts in respect of matters raising the constitutional validity of State and Commonwealth law. We also regularly appear for our clients before the Supreme Court and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal ("NCAT") in applications to review administrative decisions and in access to government information and privacy matters. Our solicitors have had carriage of numerous high profile and politically sensitive matters in courts and tribunals and have acted for government clients in special commissions of inquiry. We have instructed counsel in significant matters such as challenges in the High Court to State serious crime legislation and to Commonwealth/State funding models. We have also instructed counsel in respect of challenges to the Government's proposed alterations to local government boundaries. Senior solicitors have also acted for our clients in Special Commissions of Inquiry including the Glenbrook and Waterfall rail accidents. Matters handled include:
provision of advice and representation on all aspects of constitutional law relating to legislative powers of the State and Commonwealth Parliaments
advising on and drafting of intergovernmental agreements
providing advice on a range of legislation giving powers to government bodies, agencies and officers
offering representation and advice in access to government information and privacy matters
providing advice and representation in matters involving procedural fairness and other administrative law grounds of review
advising or making application to the Supreme Court to have a person declared vexatious with the result they require leave before commencing any further proceedings.
The Constitutional & Administrative Law Practice Group also runs low cost educational seminars for clients on the GIPA Act and Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998, publishes updates on Administrative Law issues and conducts client training.