Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Administrative & Public Law

King & Wood Mallesons boasts an experienced team that advises on and represents both government and private sector clients, including not-for-profit organisations, in some of the most highly sensitive administrative and public law matters.

Our Partners have extensive experience advising on issues of administrative and constitutional law, statutory interpretation, Freedom of Information requests and privacy.

Our team has an intimate and deep understanding of the requirements of government, an asset for public and private clients alike. We understand the specific policy and political constraints on government actors, and work with clients to achieve the best possible outcome available within these parameters. Our lawyers have a deep appreciation of the specific requirements of the public sector, including the need to demonstrate value for money, as well as the need to act in accordance with the Legal Services Directions and model litigant obligations.

King & Wood Mallesons has particular expertise in acting in complex and sensitive matters, including Royal Commissions, litigation involving defending and challenging administrative decisions (both merits and judicial review) and delivering high-profile and strategically important projects involving the navigation of administrative law matters. We have acted as both solicitors assisting various Royal Commissions, as well as assisting with witnesses appearing before such commissions. We have acted in complex administrative law matters before the High Court, the Federal Court, various State and Territory Supreme Courts as well as in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In addition to this particular expertise, King & Wood Mallesons has broad public law experience, ranging from statutory interpretation, freedom of information advisory and litigation, privacy (including the preparation of privacy impact assessments), secrecy provision issues and legislative and policy guidance development and drafting,

For our private sector clients, we can utilise our deep understanding of government and administrative decision-making process to provide robust advice about whether a decision can or should be challenged, and if so, how to conduct such a challenge in the most effective way. Specifically, we have acted for numerous clients in relation to access and other administrative law issues in heavily regulated industries, when under challenge by market regulators. Our approach to client work, be it policy or commercially-driven, is informed by our appreciation and nuanced understanding of broader market, reputational and political considerations, seeing us apply discretion and mitigate risk.

Having worked extensively for public sector clients in defending decision subject to review, our team is highly sought after to provide practical and tailored training support and guidance on defensible decision making, legislative administration, and the pre-requisites and limits of powers and functions under the relevant Acts including, for example, the scope of public interest immunity provisions. 

The team works very closely with our Government & Public specialists.

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