HWL Ebsworth is experienced in advising state government departments and statutory authorities particularly in relation to property, commercial, planning and acquisition matters. We have acted for numerous state government departments and authorities on a diverse and complex range of matters for example:
- negotiating and preparing commercial documents for infrastructure projects;
- property and planning advice for numerous statutory authorities and state government departments including leasing and preparation of tender documents;
- acting as property auditor on several procurement tenders for a statutory authority;
- appearing for the state government departments in compulsory acquisition proceedings;
- freedom of information and privacy advice; and
- advising on health care and health facilities.
We have one of the largest and oldest local government practices on the eastern seaboard and advise over 25 councils. We understand the unique role that local government plays in the community, its commitment to strategic development, the environment and accountability to its rate payers. We regularly advise councils on governance issues including code of conduct matters, meetings practice, conflicts of interest, tendering and procurement and access to documents. We have a thorough knowledge of the planning regimes under which councils exercises their powers and duties and provide advice on strategic planning and the development and drafting of planning instruments and their implications. Our expertise extends across all statutory regimes affecting local government and our lawyers advise on local government planning and environment legislation and practice every day.
We are administrative law specialists and experienced advocates and regularly appear in planning tribunals, judicial review proceedings, administrative review proceedings, civil enforcement, prosecutions and land valuation matters for our local government clients. We take a realistic approach to court proceedings and where circumstances indicate that proceeding to a full hearing is not in a council's best interest we recommend alternative dispute resolution be implemented so as to preserve the council's position, achieve a realistic outcome and avoid cost exposure.
Not only are we able to provide council with comprehensive planning and local government advice, we are also able to provide advice from practitioners experienced in advising local government on asset management, commercial matters, industrial relations, building and infrastucture, and information, communication and technology law.