Australia: [Event] NSW Government Lawyers half day conference
Last Updated: 23 January 2015

Holding Redlich and ACLA invite you to attend an intensive half day conference for lawyers employed in the public sector. You will be entitled to claim 4 CPD points. The programme is as follows: Registration is at 8.45am with our first session commencing at 9.00am.

Welcome and opening

Thomas Kwok, Manager Resources and Energy Law, NSW Trade & Investment


Session 1: Property law update, including the new contract for sale of land

  • Recent amendments to the property regulation
  • Recent cases of interest
  • What issues might be expected to arise in property law over the course of 2015?
  • Changes to the standard contract for sale

Presented by Richard Abbott. Richard is a Partner in Holding Redlich's Property & Projects group in the Sydney office. He has over 25 years experience in relation to property investment and development, and in relation to transactions and leasing.

Richard acts for a number of government agencies including Transport for NSW, RailCorp and Roads & Maritime Services.


Session 2: Planning and environment law update: where to from here?

This session will provide an overview of current issues in planning and environmental law in NSW, particularly in the context of government projects. This will include:

  • Recent amendments to the planning enforcement regime
  • New waste regulations and requirements in NSW
  • What issues might be expected to arise over the course of 2015?

Presented by Breellen Warry. Breellen is a Special Counsel at Holding Redlich and specialises in environmental and natural resources law, land use and development and planning. Breellen has advised both private and public sector clients across various industries on planning, environment and government matters. Breellen has also worked both within and for government agencies in NSW and in the UK, including the (then) Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and Department of Planning.


Session 3: Drafting and negotiating contracts to manage legal and agency risk

Understanding the agency imperative

  • Identifying and allocating key legal and agency risks
  • The liberal use of mitigants
  • What could possibly go wrong?

Presented by James Lonie. James is an experienced Partner in Holding Redlich's Corporate and Commercial group. He has advised on a very broad range of general commercial and securities transactions, including for government agencies and regulators. He has a particular interest in avoiding mistakes.


Session 4: Statements of reasons for decisions and UCPR 59.9

This session will provide an overview of reasons for decisions, both in the Commonwealth and NSW contexts. This will include:

  • Recent case-law and statutory developments (including Rule 59.9 of the UCPR) regarding the legal obligation to provide reasons
  • Practical tips for decision-makers when preparing statements of reasons

Greg is a Partner in Holding Redlich's Dispute Resolution and Litigation group in the Sydney office. He has extensive expertise in regulatory litigation and administrative law, and regularly acts for both Government and private sectors clients in disputes relating to decisions made by Government officials, departments and agencies.

Greg has acted in several high-profile cases seeking merits review of decisions before the AAT and in judicial review proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia and in High Court of Australia appeals.


Session 5: Recent judicial consideration regarding the ICAC: powers and findings

  • The year in review
  • Where to from here?

Presented by Christine Jones. Christine is a Special Counsel in Holding Redlich's Construction & Infrastructure group. Christine has extensive experience managing legal risk and resolving problems for government departments, agencies and statutory corporations in a wide range of disputes, as well as in matters such as public inquiries and independent reviews.


Session 6: ACMA v Today FM – administrative bodies and the determination of the commission of an offence though the prism of the royal prank call case

ACMA v Today FM – administrative bodies and the determination of the commission of an offence though the prism of the royal prank call case

  • An examination of the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in Today FM (Sydney) Pty Ltd v ACMA [2014] FCAFC 22
  • Themes in the Full Court's decision, including statutory construction and the principle of legality
  • Implications of the Full Court's decision for administrative decision-makers

Presented by Dr Juliet Lucy, barrister, 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers. Juliet is a barrister and accredited mediator, and practises in a wide range of areas including administrative and public law, commercial law and human rights / discrimination law. Juliet is also a part time senior member of NCAT.


Session 7: The new Privacy Government Framework, what does it mean for your agency?

  • Lessons from private practice and the transition to the APP regime
  • Engaging relevant internal stakeholders
  • Keeping up with technology
  • Developing your management plan

Presented by Lyn Nicholson. Lyn is a General Counsel at Holding Redlich in the corporate and commercial group of Holding Redlich with a broad wealth of corporate and commercial experience. Lyn has extensive experience in advising clients about the impact of privacy and other related legislation in relation to the ability of public and private enterprises to collect and disclose personal and other information and in the preparation of document retention policies.


Session 8: Coronials – tips and traps and lessons learned – panel discussion

  • An update on procedures and decisions from the Coroners Court
  • Practical tips for preparing for a hearing

Presented by Michael Selinger. Michael is a partner in the Workplace Relations & Safety group of Holding Redlich. He provides a wide range of strategic advice and assistance to many leading employers across a diverse range of industries. Michael has assisted government agencies on matters such as workplace investigations, award interpretation issues, discrimination proceedings and work health and safety prosecutions. Michael will be joined by panellists from the NSW Bar


Tuesday, 24 February 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(morning tea and lunch will be served)


Trade & Investment Centre
Level 47, MLC Centre
19 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000


Please contact Julie Gordon on (02) 8083 0402 or to register.

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