Areas of law
AGS is one of Australia's largest national legal services providers, with offices in every capital city and approximately 320 lawyers who cover some 40 different areas of law related to government. We provide expert advice and representation through 3 national practice groups – the Office of General Counsel (OGC), AGS Dispute Resolution and AGS Commercial. You therefore get an experienced team that provides comprehensive legal services across all the areas of law relevant for government.
The Australian Government Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL)
AGS has been appointed to all 4 panels under the LSMUL:
- Government and administrative law
- Corporate and commercial
- Dispute resolution and litigation
- Other legal services.
The LSMUL came into effect on 1 June 2012. It requires that all Non-corporate Commonwealth entities and Corporate Commonwealth entities (with few exceptions), under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, must purchase legal services from approved providers on the LSMUL. If you would like advice on how AGS can work for you under the LSMUL we have our Client Service Managers for each portfolio.
AGS remains the largest provider of legal services to Commonwealth agencies for several reasons:
- Like our client agencies, we are part of government and we serve the national interest.
- You get experts in all aspects of law including dispute resolution, commercial negotiations, advisings and the Australian Constitution.
- We rarely have conflicts of interest.
While the LSMUL may alter the way many agencies acquire their legal services, you can use AGS for all or most of your work, providing each decision is based on its value for money and the procurement rules are followed.