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'In the areas where I seek advice from AGS, I know no other law firm could handle the issues as well or as quickly as AGS.' CLIENT SURVEY 2011

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Lillian RichesThe new Commonwealth Procurement Rules operating now – Lillian Riches, Senior Lawyer at AGS.


‘AGS has a proven track record of providing accurate, timely and valuable legal advice’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012

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Legal briefing 84 Application of the Trade Practices Act to companies conducting business with government (24 September 2007)


Fact sheet 18 Work Health & Safety – Procurement (updated May 2012)


Fact sheet 9 Probity and process issues for property and infrastructure projects (updated May 2012)


Fact sheet 7 Commonwealth Procurement Rules (updated May 2012)


Fact sheet 2 Probity and legal process advice (updated August 2011)


‘Because AGS primarily provide legal services to the Commonwealth conflicts of interest are far less likely to arise for AGS than for private sector legal firms.’ FaHCSIA 2012

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AGS's probity practice is the authoritative adviser to government on probity matters.

We can advise on a wide range of probity issues – from simple processes to high-profile complicated procurements and funding programs. We regularly advise on Commonwealth legislation and policies relevant to such processes, including the PGPA Act, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines and the Public Service Act 1999.

Our range of probity services include general probity advice on grant, funding agreement and procurement processes, review and sign-off on program and procurement documentation, development of probity plans, advising on confidentiality provisions and issues of procedural fairness, confidentiality and conflicts of interest and reviewing and sign-off of evaluation reports.

We advise on compliance with relevant legislation, government policy and accountability requirements and help draft or review protocols for managing information, bidder communications, site visits, industry briefings and offer-definition activities. We advise on tender evaluation and clarification processes, including attending and advising at key evaluation meetings.

We offer probity advice on best and final offers or request for revised offers and assistance with contract negotiation (or renegotiation) strategies and protocols.

We have been probity adviser on procurement and funding matters for hundreds of matters.

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  Garth Cooke
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 03 9242 1494
Paul Lang PSM RFD
Deputy General Counsel Commercial
T 03 9242 1322

  Linda Richardson PSM Chief Counsel Commercial 02 6253 7207
  Adrian Snooks National Leader Commercial 02 6253 7192
  Kenneth Eagle National Manager Commercial 03 9242 1290
  Simon Konecny Deputy General Counsel Commercial 02 9581 7585
  Kate Brophy Senior Lawyer 02 9581 7678
  Scott Slater Senior Lawyer 08 9268 1144
  Lottie Flaherty Senior Lawyer 02 6253 7164
  Helen Curtis Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7036
  Clare Derix Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7274
  Joanna Piva Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7122