Government is answerable to many stakeholders, such as tax and rate payers, and public service consumers, and so by leveraging this knowledge, we have demonstrated a proven track record of delivering the right results with real value for money for Local, State and Commonwealth Government clients.
Our relationships with our Government clients have been built on a genuine commitment to client service and centre around a core philosophy of exceeding our client’s service delivery expectations. We can guarantee the provision of high quality legal services due to the secure base of expert lawyers we have across the country, each of whom is committed to ensuring that Government clients are provided with quality and consistent legal advice that also provides real value for money.
Our senior lawyers have worked for, been instructed by, or are currently representing Government, including:
Our Government sector team advise Local Councils in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in employment, insurance, corporate, commercial, construction and financial services matters. DWF have the necessary understanding of Council needs and processes, as well as the experience working with Council officers and other stakeholders to ensure effective and meaningful legal assistance is provided.
DWF are currently on the individual legal services panel for three Councils in Queensland:
DWF are pre-approved suppliers in Local Government Association of Queensland's (LGAQ) Local Buy Legal Services Panel. In addition, DWF (Australia) are also one of only two legal service providers for Local Government WorkCare (LGW) operated by LGAQ through Jardine Lloyd Thompson. As such, we have represented the interests of nearly every local Council in Queensland, showing our versatility and ability to adapt and respond to individual Council’s needs.
Members of our Government sector team have previously been Key Personnel on legal services panels for Douglas Shire Council, Redland City Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Brisbane City Council. We have also advised City of Parramatta Council.
DWF are on legal panels for large State and quasi-Government organisations including WorkCover Queensland and Queensland Health (Queensland Government Insurance Fund). We have advised state entities such as the Workers Compensation Regulator (formally Q-Comp) and Powerlink (Qld Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited) / Stanwell Power Station.
Members of the DWF team have conducted a significant coronial inquest for the Department of Child Safety in Queensland and advised the Department of Education on safety matters including a serious matter involving injury to a child. We acted for Queensland Rail in the defence of several serious safety incidents including a multiple fatality. Our lawyers have been Key Personnel on legal services panels for Seqwater, Linkwater, Allconnex, Gold Coast Water, Main Roads, Queensland Treasury Development Panel, Department of Energy, Energex, CS Energy, Defence, Department of Transport and Main Roads and UnityWater. Members of our team have acted for a Queensland Government Department on delivery of the $500 million Government Wireless Network Project and for a Queensland Government department on the $1.6 billion duplication of the Gateway Bridge and upgrade of the Gateway.
Our team have advised Victorian State Government and Victorian Government funded organisations including VicRoads, the then Docklands Authority, VicUrban, Port of Melbourne Corporation, the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and the Country Fire Authority. Members of our team have advised the Victorian Department of Education and have previously been appointed to the Victorian Government Legal Services Panel. Our lawyers have acted for the Falls Creek Resort Management Board and the Building Control Commission and have advised Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne.
In New South Wales members of our team have acted for NSW Treasury in relation to development of energy projects, for Cobbora Holding Company on the development of the Cobbora Coal Project, and for the NSW Government owned Macquarie Generation prior to the entity being sold to AGL. Our lawyers have also advised Landcom, Newcastle Port Corporation and Hunter Development Corporation on a range of project and infrastructure matters.
Our insurance team also act on behalf of many large licensed self-insurers, including Toll, Echo, CSR, Wilmar, and Arnott's. Through the Queensland WorkCover panel appointment we act for Thiess, Leightons, Hutchinsons Builders and Veolia Environmental Solutions.
As an experienced legal advisor to Government, we understand the unique risks and issues as an organisation that is publically and politically accountable for its actions. DWF lawyers have significant experience providing advice to Commonwealth Government and large multinationals. DWF Lawyers have acted for Crown Law, NHVR, Defence, Medicare, ASIC, CRS and Centrelink. Members of our Government sector team have previously been appointed to legal panels for the Department of Human Services and the Australian Financial Security Authority.
Members of our team also have significant experience advising Australia Post, Telstra, GIO Australia, ADI Limited, Comcare and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in all aspects of Administrative Appeals Tribunal litigation.
Our team has significant and long-held experience providing legal services to Government clients in accordance with the Commonwealth Legal Services Directions, both current 2017 and former 2005.
Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (The Bruce Highway Caloundra to Sunshine Upgrade Case) (No 2)  FCA 1737.
Recent amendments to the Queensland Procurement Policy (QPP) impose new obligations on Queensland Government agencies and suppliers through the introduction of the Ethical Supplier Threshold (Threshold) and the Ethical Supplier Mandate (Mandate).
A recent review of the Property Acquisition Standards has resulted in changes in the way NSW Government authorities acquire land in NSW by compulsory acquisition. All agencies which acquire land under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW) are required to comply with the revised Standards.
DWF is delighted to announce the inclusion of 3 of its rising young stars in the annual Lawyers Weekly list of 30 Under 30 honourees list.
NSW voters go to the polls this Saturday, 23 March. The ruling Liberal/Coalition government is running a ‘small target’ strategy on employment and IR – so much so that it has no published policy in this area for this weekend’s election.