AGS to consolidate within the Attorney-General’s Department
The Government has decided that AGS will be consolidated within the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and no longer operate as a government business enterprise. AGD and AGS are working closely with a view to the consolidation occurring on 1 July 2015.
This decision will not impact on the service AGS provides to its clients. AGS will continue to have its own independent functional identity within AGD. The expertise and experience of our lawyers will continue to be available to serve you with the professionalism you have come to expect.
We value your continued support in this interim period and will be continuing to operate without changes to our personnel or service delivery.
Ian Govey AM, Chief Executive Officer
AGS is a finalist in the Australasian Law Awards 2015
AGS is delighted to announce that we are finalists in the 'Equity market deal of the year' category in the Australasian Law Awards 2015. The nomination, which covers a number of firms including AGS, is for their work on the Medibank Private IPO. AGS acted as the Commonwealth’s probity advisers on the transaction.
The awards will be announced in Sydney on 21 May 2015 and are sponsored by Australasian Lawyer magazine. The list of finalists was determined after extensive research on the various projects.
Our legal team was led by Chief Counsel Commercial John Scala and Garth Cooke as deputy team leader. In commenting on the nomination, John said, 'This recognition from our peers is appreciated by the whole AGS team and reflects the hard work and dedication of the whole team.'
AGS wins Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award
On Thursday 20 November 2014, AGS's National Manager Pro Bono Services Geetha Nair, and our legal team of more than 80 lawyers who undertook pro bono work in 2013–14, won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 2014 Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) In-house Lawyer Awards in Adelaide. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of legal services and the contribution made by in-house lawyers, whether in government or corporate legal departments.
Since 2008, we have increased our pro bono contribution annually. In 2013–14, it was over 7,500 hours of pro bono legal work, valued at more than $2.6 million. This is an increase of 2,300 hours and 44% since our first full year in 2009–10.
In 2013–14, we continued established relationships with public interest clearing houses and community legal centres in each State and Territory and included new placements with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (NSW), the Women’s Legal Centre (ACT) and the Consumer Action Legal Centre (Victoria). Read more
Successful year for AGS
AGS's 2013–14 annual report has been tabled in Parliament. The report details a highly successful year in which we assisted clients with everything from high-profile High Court cases and royal commissions to routine contract or procurement matters.
Our work assisted with key Government priorities including Operation Sovereign Borders, the privatisation of Medibank, 2 royal commissions and the Farm Finance Concessional Loan Scheme.
We remained the leading supplier in the government external legal services market, despite increased competition, and delivered profits above our corporate plan targets. In addition, we made significant savings in our corporate areas and overhead expenses.
This year marks 30 years since AGS began operations under our current name. While much has changed for AGS during those years, one thing has remained the same – our dedicated service to government and to our clients.