Tied work is non-contestable work which, pursuant to the Attorney-General’s Legal Services Directions, AGS and other tied providers are required to perform. Tied work includes work associated with the Constitution, Cabinet, national security and public international law.
AGS has unmatched knowledge and experience in performing this work. In particular, our lawyers work closely with the Attorney-General's Department and the Solicitor-General on matters that raise constitutional issues.
Our knowledge of constitutional issues has been of value when advising on major reforms including climate change, education and health.
We maintain a team of uniquely qualified and talented lawyers to conduct the Australian Government’s constitutional litigation. This work touches on essential and core aspects of Australia’s system of government, and often has enduring whole-of-government implications Accordingly, exceptional levels of legal expertise and central coordination are required
AGS also advises the Government on all submissions on constitutional law issues that are put to courts on behalf of Commonwealth agencies. This ensures that such submissions are accurate and apply Commonwealth constitutional policy consistently.
Constitutional issues are sometimes raised in the course of litigation or in the context of tax recovery and insolvency cases. AGS's knowledge of constitutional principles and ability to recognise and effectively deal with stalling tactics, ensure that such cases are progressed with the minimum of delay and expense.
AGS works closely with the Attorney-General’s Department and security and law enforcement agencies to achieve successful outcomes in national security. We have a centrally-coordinated national security practice, which ensures consistency across our offices.
Our work includes assisting the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Federal Police with legal aspects of their support for prosecutions.
Public International Law
AGS works closely with AGD’s Office of International Law to provide expert advice to the Commonwealth on its obligations and rights under international law.
Deputy General Counsel
T 02 6253 7074
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 02 6253 7024
|Linda Richardson PSM
General Counsel Commercial
T 02 6253 7207
|Tom Howe PSM QC
Chief Counsel Dispute Resolution
T 02 6253 7415
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 02 6253 7424
|Guy Aitken QC
Chief General Counsel
T 02 6253 7084
|Mark Molloy||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7421|
|Damian Page||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7053|
|Kathryn Graham||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7167|
|Tim Begbie||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7521|
|Andrew Berger||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7405|
|Kristy Alexander||Senior Executive Lawyer||02 9581 7640|
|Justine Knowles||Senior Executive Lawyer||02 6253 7430|
|Genevieve Ebbeck||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7080|
|Robyn Briese||Senior General Counsel||02 6253 7569|