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GLG – Interacting with parliamentary committees
Canberra, 23 August 2017


Introduction to privacy
Sydney, 24 August 2017


How to run a code of conduct investigation
Melbourne, 6–7 September 2017


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AGS magazine – Issue 2: 2017


Commercial notes 40 – Termination of Commonwealth contracts (18 July 2017)


Express law 260 – Resource Management Guide 420: Mandatory Use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for Procurements under $200,000 updated by Finance (21 July 2017)


Last week in Parliament Issue 61 – 8–10  August 2017


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Property and Procurement Forum 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017, Hotel Realm, Canberra

This forum is an opportunity to discuss some of the practice, process and legal issues relevant to procurement and property in the Commonwealth sector.

For further information on the forum, please see our flyer.


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Second issue of AGS magazine out now

The second issue of our Australian Government Solicitor magazine is out now.

For our second issue, we were delighted that High Court Justice Michelle Gordon’s agreed we could publish her talk from last year’s AGS Administrative Law Forum about ‘applying reason to Reasons’ – and it is a great primer on legal writing with clarity.

The legal centrepiece of the magazine is a selection of 5 articles on various aspects of property. We also include an AGS office roundup with a quick summary of the work of each office. But, into the mix is a new style of article, where we profile the work of other government lawyers. Read more


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Guy Aitken appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel

AGS’s Chief General Counsel Guy Aitken has been appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel.

Guy has established a reputation as an outstanding counsel and adviser to the Australian Government and is respected across the Commonwealth. His appointment as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel is appropriate recognition for his exceptional abilities and expertise in Commonwealth law. Read more


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Congratulations Paul Lang PSM RFD

AGS Deputy General Counsel Commercial Paul Lang RFD has been awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

The award was for ‘outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice to the Commonwealth’. Read more


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AGS sponsored the 2016 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot

For a number of years now, AGS has been the major sponsor of the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot. This year it was held over 3 days in late September at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. The Moot is presented by the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, hosted by the Melbourne University Law Students Society and sponsored by AGS. Read more


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New AGS magazine proves popular

AGS decided to create a new biannual publication to highlight some of our recent case studies and tell clients about our practice, our business and our people. It has been hugely popular and warmly received. You can read the first issue on this website. Read more


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AGS’s Helen Curtis named Government Woman Lawyer of the Year

On Thursday 3 November 2016 at a glamorous event at Old Parliament House in Canberra, the ACT Women Lawyers Association announced its Women Lawyers of the Year Awards. AGS’s Helen Curtis won the Government category.

Helen Curtis is an exceptional government lawyer and a highly experienced legal practice manager. She provides strategic, client-focused and practical legal advice on projects across the entire spectrum of commercial law to her Commonwealth clients. Read more


The Australian Government Solicitor Michael Kingston

Welcome to the new Australian Government Solicitor

Michael Kingston commenced as the new Australian Government Solicitor on Monday 5 December 2016. He comes direct from his role as Chief Legal Officer of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), based in Melbourne. From 1989 to 2003, he was a Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, practising in company and commercial law. Previously, he has worked in England with Slaughter and May and in Papua New Guinea as a government lawyer. He has also been an in-house counsel at BHP.