Constitutional and Administrative Law

The Constitutional & Administrative Law practice group advises and represents NSW Government agencies on all aspects of constitutional and administrative law, including in relation to:

  • judicial and merits review of administrative action and constitutional challenges to government action and legislation
  • statutory interpretation (including the statutory functions and obligations of public sector agencies and law enforcement agencies)
  • government information
  • licensing (liquor and gaming and child care centres)
  • vexatious litigants and submitting appearances.

The practice group specialises in judicial and merits review of administrative action and constitutional challenges to government action and legislation.

We provide litigation services in most jurisdictions, ranging from the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (often without the need for counsel) to the High Court.

Examples of our work for clients

  • Acting for the NSW Attorney General intervening in High Court proceedings:
    • Clubb v Edwards & Anor; Preston v Avery & Anor [2019] HCA 11
    • Spence v Queensland [2019] HCA 15
    • Unions NSW v New South Wales [2019] HCA 1
    • Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23.
  • Working closely with the Solicitor General on significant constitutional cases in the High Court of Australia.
Last updated:

17 Nov 2022

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