Government

Government is subject to a unique set of challenges thanks to the increasing speed of legislative change, the need for greater openness and responsiveness, and the push for Government departments, agencies and subsidiaries to take their cues from the corporate world when it comes to best practice.

Our Approach
  • Going beyond the legal: We distinguish ourselves from other firms by not seeing our role as limited to legal advice and assistance (where other firms stop). We are not just “black-letter lawyers”, but work hard to understand the projects we work on, and their statutory, and policy context. We partner with our clients, and work with them on the commercial and strategic aspects of their projects. Our clients are loyal to us because we bring a “can do” attitude to all projects and are able to work collaboratively with them, finding solutions that help them meet their objectives.
  • Innovative approach: G+T is well known for its innovative approach to delivering services. We are at our most comfortable when pushing the boundaries. We have a track record of leading the design and execution of cutting edge bespoke transactions. We are innovators, challengers, and specialise in working on projects for which there is ‘no precedent’. Clients come to us ahead of others because we bring fresh approaches unconstrained by old thinking.
  • Government Expertise: Our team includes a core group of partners and lawyers who are specialists in advising government. One of our key personnel has experience in the Office of Parliamentary Counsel and as a merits review decision maker. We offer a multi-disciplinary, scalable team that can be mobilised to support Governments in managing matters of all sizes and complexities.
  • Industry engagement: Our team is heavily involved in industry and their interactions and engagements with Governments – engaging, networking and connecting with leaders across a range of sectors through a range of different channels.

Our Services

  • Commissions and Enquiries
  • Major Technology Projects
  • Government Transactions including Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Privatisations
  • Regulatory issues and Administrative law
  • Environment and Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Property

Our experience includes advising:

  • Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on its Digital Systems Program, a once in a generation transformation of the Sydney Trains rail network as part of the Government’s $880m investment in technology as part of “More Trains, More Services”. It has been described as a “rail tech revolution”.
  • TfNSW on the acquisition of a transport management system as part of the Government’s Intelligent Congestion Management Program (ICMP).
  • The Commonwealth Government on its response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.  
  • The State of Victoria on its response to the Royal Commission into Management of Police Informants. The Commission is investigating the extent to which cases may have been affected by the conduct of a barrister, Ms Nicola Gobbo, as a human source, as well as the adequacy of Victoria Police’s practices relating to the use of human sources subject to legal obligations of confidentiality or privilege. The Commission will also make recommendations on future use of human sources with such obligations.
  • NSW Telco Authority on the consolidation of its radiocommunications infrastructure across the whole of NSW. This radiocommunications system supports emergency services throughout the State.
  • Roads and Maritime Services (NSW) on the design and execution of the recent tender process that led to the award of a concession agreement to a new operator for the conduct of guided climbs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This project was publicly sensitive, given the high profile nature of the operations and because the incumbent had operated BridgeClimb for 20 years.
  • NSW Treasury on the $2.6bn concession of Land and Property Information NSW. This was the first transaction of its kind undertaken in Australia and one of the first in the world. This was the first concession transaction that dealt primarily with ‘infratech’ as opposed to ‘hard’ assets (eg ports) and required a ‘blank’ sheet of paper approach to designing the transaction structure.
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic), in relation to issues arising from the East West Link – a matter with a value of $6.8bn.
  • The Office of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory as the Solicitors assisting the Commission, appointed to lead a team or lawyers and to advise and assist in the conduct of the Royal Commission.
  • Taronga Conservative Society Australia in launching Federal Court of Australia proceedings against Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd over use of the name “Sydney Zoo”.

Finalist for Government Team of the Year 

Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2019