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HWL Ebsworth is a leading provider to the Australian government. We have one of the strongest and most experienced government legal teams in Australia, having provided legal services to many Australian government entities across a broad range of areas. This experience provides valuable insight into the needs of public sector organisations, and ensures that solutions provided by our team take into account legal, commercial and policy considerations.

HWL Ebsworth’s Australian Government team is award winning, with members of our team named by Best Lawyers 2019 in various categories, including Dennis Pearce AO, Andrew Allan, George Marques, Lex Holcombe, Michael Palfrey, Richard Garnett and Michael Will.

Best Lawyers™ Australia have named Richard Garnett, Dennis Pearce AO and Michael Will as 2019 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in their respective categories.

Best Lawyers™ Australia have also named HWL Ebsworth Regulatory Firm of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and Doyle’s Guide has listed George Marques in various categories since 2017.

Our Australian government team has deep sector specialisation with most of our lawyers focusing their career on working solely on government clients. A number of our team members have previously worked in high levels of government departments or as advisers to government. We understand the environment in which the entities operate, including their relationships and accountability to Parliament, Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and the public.

Our team understands the pressure on government to operate in a cost effective way. The HWL Ebsworth business model allows us to offer the highest quality lawyers at rates which are significantly lower than our competitors.

We are a full service legal provider to the Australian government. Our practice comprises of experts in all aspects of Government and Administrative Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, as well as a wide range of other areas including procurement and probity, climate change, energy and resources, human rights, international trade law, legal training, drafting legislative instruments, native title, superannuation and funds management, maritime and transport, trust and equity law and water law.

HWL Ebsworth has been appointed to the newly established Whole of Australian Government Legal Services panel. We were successful in being selected to all Areas of Law and all Practice areas under the Panel including:

  • Workplace, Industrial Relations and Compensation;
  • Public Law;
  • Corporate and Commercial Law;
  • Property and Environment;
  • Litigation; and
  • Legal Support Services.

Agencies wishing to contact HWL Ebsworth should email


  • Department of Human Services: Advising on the establishment of the eHealth Record Public Key Infrastructure system, including privacy and security, certificate policies and software licensing;
  • Department of Finance: Advising on the formation of govCMS, an open source web content management system, being the first whole of government SaaS public cloud project, including project documentation and privacy;
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation: Advising on a complex infrastructure grants program, including providing strategic advice to the general counsel to facilitate the funding within a compressed timeframe, and conducting multiple rounds of negotiations in parallel; and
  • Australian Federal Police: Advising and representing the AFP in a Fair Work Commission application by a former employee whose employment had been terminated because of alleged use of illegal drugs. The matter involved emerging international research and expert evidence concerning occupational exposure by law enforcement employees to illicit substances, and in particular the accuracy and reliability of urine and hair testing of such employees in circumstances where occupational exposure is alleged.

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