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Civil enforcement practice  

‘The advice from the AGS has been on-point, useable and delivered at far less the cost than what would be charged by a private law [firm].’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012

‘AGS are an integral part … and routinely provide advice on investigations and the conduct of … prosecutions. AGS [harnesses] its national reach to ensure consistency and quality of approach in the conduct of these...’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012


Civil enforcement practice

AGS has an unparalleled depth of experience in advising on pecuniary penalty proceedings and other civil enforcement options for Commonwealth agencies. We have been central to the establishment of the law in this area, right across the Commonwealth regulatory environment. We can provide truly national coverage, with lawyers in each capital city experienced in advising on and conducting civil penalty proceedings. We have experts in all areas of this work, from devising, drafting and implementing new civil enforcement regimes through to counsel who have appeared in and solicitors who have conducted many precedent setting cases.

Typically, enforcement regimes provide the flexibility to choose from a variety of sanctions – ranging from administrative action (such as enforceable undertakings, infringement notices, disqualifications and licence suspensions) to seeking relief from the courts (including declarations, injunctions, pecuniary penalties, the imposition of compliance programs or orders for redress). Our practitioners have the experience to advise on the conduct of enforcement investigations before proceedings commence, so that our clients can determine the most appropriate enforcement tool to be applied to the case at hand.

  Katrina Close Justine Knowles  
  Katrina Close
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 07 3360 5784
Justine Knowles
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 02 6253 7430
Tim Begbie
Senior General Counsel
T 02 6253 7521

  Tom Howe PSM QC Chief Counsel Dispute Resolution 02 6253 7415
  Glenn Owbridge PSM Special Counsel Competition and Consumer Law 07 3360 5654
  Damien O'Donovan Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7116
  Leo Hardiman Deputy General Counsel 02 6253 7074
  Greg Prutej Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7481