HWL Ebsworth has one of the largest and oldest local government practices in Australia. We have also formed close relationships with several state government departments and agencies across the country including in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Our team are administrative law specialists and regularly appear in planning tribunals, judicial review proceedings, administrative review proceedings, civil enforcement, prosecutions and land valuation matters for our government clients. We advise state governments on commercial, property, construction, information technology, insurance and procurement matters. We also provide statutory interpretation and general advice work.
We understand the unique role that local governments play 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 exercise their powers and duties. We 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 every day.
In addition to providing council’s with comprehensive planning and local government advice, we have practitioners who are able to advise on asset management, commercial matters, industrial relations, building and infrastructure, and information, communication and technology law.