Government Dispute Resolution

We have significant experience in compensation, contractual, commercial and administrative law disputes, public inquiries and investigations, and are recognised as a leading provider for government in dispute resolution advice and litigation. Our expertise in liability litigation ranges from smaller contract disputes through to major litigation.

We represent government agencies and delegates before a range of courts and tribunals, review boards, inquiries and inquests, including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Magistrates Court, Federal Court, High Court, State and Territory courts and tribunals, Dust Diseases Tribunal, Fair Work Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal.

Our focus is to help our government clients avoid disputes wherever possible through clear advice, but acknowledge that sometimes disputes are a part of government business. When disputes arise we apply sound and experienced judgement, risk minimisation techniques, case management planning and provide strategic advice to reduce the risk of litigation. Our skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has been widely recognised by agencies, which have used our ADR workshop series to better understand the dispute resolution process, and engaged us to lead ADR negotiations.

We are also able to provide a high quality litigation service across all areas of law including commercial and contractual, intellectual property, information technology, competition, taxation, royalties, insolvency, property and construction law claims. Our team assists with smaller contract matters to major litigation including class actions, in any courts and tribunals including NCAT.
We understand and rigorously comply with the Commonwealth litigation framework established under the Judiciary Act 1903 and the Legal Services Directions 2005 (including the Model Litigant Policy), Court and Tribunal Rules and procedures and specific portfolio legislation. We regularly liaise with the Office of Legal Services Coordination (OLSC). We apply the relevant model litigant guidelines when we act for state and territory governments.

Queensland Health Payroll System Proceedings

Acted for the State of Queensland in proceedings filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland against IBM Australia Ltd arising out of the $1.2 billion Queensland Health pay-roll and rostering computer system implementation failure.