Government

For nearly two decades, Makinson d'Apice has been trusted by government agencies and departments to advise and protect their interests.

Through our appointments to Government panels (iCare and Transport for NSW), we regularly assist NSW state government departments and agencies including the NSW Police Force, Department of Education, NSW Health, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Family and Community Services (FACS), and Sydney Water.

Our lawyers are frequently called upon to provide advice and representation in disputes, investigations, and inquiries, involving routine as well as more complex and sensitive matters. We are at all times aware of the various government policies and guidelines which are apply to government departments involved in litigation, such as the model litigant and equitable briefing policies. Through our full-service offering, we provide advice and assistance in the areas of administrative review, prosecutions (criminal and civil), discrimination and privacy.

Because of Makinon d'Apice's experience and knowledge of government, we are often called upon to assist on the development of government policy. We also advise on the best way to implement policy decisions and how best to interpret new legislation.  

Our Services
  • Administrative law issues
  • Commissions of Inquiry - Special Commissions, Royal Commissions, Inquiries into Acquittals and Convictions
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Contractual disputes
  • Coronial Investigations and Inquests
  • Criminal Practice and Procedure
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation
  • Dust diseases claims
  • Employment disputes
  • General litigation and dispute resolution
  • Injunctions
  • Institutional claims
  • Insurance law issues
  • Intellectual property
  • Judicial Review & Related Torts (e.g. trespass to land & false imprisonment attached to reviews of warrants)
  • Legal Professional Privilege Claims including proceedings alleging crime / fraud exception)
  • Liability litigation
  • Negligence claims including medical / professional negligence claims
  • Privacy Policies and Complaints
  • Public Interest Immunity
  • Professional conduct / standards/misconduct issues
  • Review and advice on Operational Policies and Procedures
  • Regulatory inquiries and prosecutions
  • School-related litigation and disputes
  • Statutory applications, including:
  • Restricted Premises Act applications (including drug houses and OMCG premises)
  • Fortification Removal Order applications (particularly OMCG club houses)
  • Serious Crime Prevention Order applications
  • Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act applications (including costs appeals)
  • Liquor, Gaming and Firearms Act applications
  • Summary Offences Act applications
  • Crimes (Forensic Procedure) Act applications
  • LEPRA & Crimes Act Disposal of seized property applications
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Subpoenas, Orders for Production and other compulsory disclosure of information in all forms and jurisdictions Australia wide (both proactive and reactive)
  • Tribunal work (Commonwealth and State tribunals)