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Our Expertise

Government & Administrative Law

Russell Kennedy provides a broad range of Government and Administrative legal services to clients in local, State and Commonwealth government.

In providing government legal services & as administrative lawyers, Russell Kennedy has developed a unique understanding of its operations and requirements in the use of legal services. Our approach in providing legal services to government takes into consideration policy objectives and broader issues of maintaining the public interest. We are aware of, and responsive to, the political, social and commercial sensitivities of matters for government and suggest appropriate legal strategies and advice to cater for those sensitivities.

Statutory Interpretation and Administrative Law

Russell Kennedy acts for several Victorian departments providing advice on statutory interpretation, drafting and policy matters. We also regularly assist government clients to understand the impact of new or amended legislation on their operations, as well as helping them meet their statutory obligations.

Coronial Inquests and other Inquiries

We have a unique understanding of the complexities of coronial inquests and other inquiries and the risk management based advice required when advising clients in these situations.

We have significant experience representing statutory authorities and hospitals in coronial inquests, acting on behalf of the Victorian State Government departments in coronial inquests and other matters, advising aged care providers in respect of their general obligations in the areas of coronial inquiries and representing members of Victoria Police in regards to inquests, personal injury and other matters. 

Judicial and Merits Review

Russell Kennedy understands the issues facing those who are tasked with making administrative decisions and how best to assist those decision makers in discharging their duties.   We have advised local, state and commonwealth government regarding judicial and merits review.

FOI and Privacy

Russell Kennedy has experience in advising and assisting agencies in relation to their obligations under freedom of information legislation. Often these requests relate to projects that involve high levels of public scrutiny and/or are of a politically sensitive nature. We understand the obligations on government agencies to release documents on request, and are sensitive to the issues that can arise in relation the release of information that may be contrary to the public interest.