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Dispute resolution and litigation  

‘They have taken great pains to not only understand and provide advice on our legislation and litigation, but also the intensely political environment in which the agency operates.’

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Legal briefing 87 Legal professional privilege and the government (15 July 2008)


‘AGS have demonstrated their ability to provide an effective and efficient nationwide legal service which is enhanced by their substantial ADR practice.’ ATO 2012

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Dispute resolution and litigation

AGS is the government specialist in resolving and managing disputes – through alternative dispute resolution (including mediation, arbitration and conciliation) and litigation. We act in all types of matters – from small claims and disputes, to the largest and most sensitive litigation matters in which the Commonwealth is involved.

We take a solutions-focused approach and work with you to identify and pursue the most suitable method (or combination of methods) for dispute resolution. We know that litigation conducted by the Commonwealth is often sensitive and can impact on the policy responsibilities of a number of agencies, often requiring a whole-of-government approach. We have a strong commitment to the importance of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of facilitating good outcomes and reducing costs.

A substantial practice with more than 170 lawyers, AGS Dispute Resolution lawyers are experienced in all Australian courts and tribunals including the High Court, the Federal Court, Supreme Courts of all Australian States and Territories and the Federal Circuit Court. We provide a comprehensive range of dispute resolution services including strategic review and legal analysis, assessment of dispute resolution options, gathering and analysing facts and evidence including working with medical and expert witnesses, preparing court documents and case management plans, addressing interlocutory matters, court appearances, selection, briefing and management of counsel, and representing clients in settlement conferences and mediations.

Chris Behrens
Christopher Behrens
Senior Executive Lawyer
02 6253 7543

The dispute resolution and litigation panel includes these areas of law: