Hosted by: Robyn Curnow and Justin Davidson
Presented by Australian Government Solicitor’s Senior Lawyers, this instructional presentation is aimed at helping lawyers understand their obligations when acting for the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.
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Robyn Curnow - Senior Lawyer, Dispute Resolution
Robyn has over 14 years of experience in litigation and advice in the areas of federal criminal law and regulation, extradition, corporate and personal insolvency and tax controversy. She regularly appears for regulators such as the Inspector-General in Bankruptcy in the Federal Circuit Court and has advised entities such as Indigenous Business Australia, the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Department of Human Services on corporations law matters.
She also has a well-established tax practice and has acted for the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation in proceedings under Part IVC of the Taxation Administration Act 1953, freezing orders, and voidable transfers and preference payments in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia.
Robyn has completed the Insolvency Education Program and is a member of the AGS team responsible for providing advice on the Personal Properties Security Act 2009. She also holds a top secret security clearance and regularly appears for the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission in Victorian courts, including the Coroner’s Court, and regularly provides advice on coercive information-gathering powers. Robyn has a particular interest in the areas of privilege and evidence, and has presented papers on these subjects at international conferences.
Justin Davidson - Senior Executive Lawyer
An expert in administrative law, Justin appears in federal courts on judicial review appeals and in the AAT on topics as diverse as grants and entitlements, registration of chemical products, access to documents and deregistration of marriage celebrants. He provides advice and legal strategy input to agencies when managing their administrative law litigation or legal compliance complaints and undertakes audits of their decision-making processes.
A recognised leader in information access law, he regularly advises on and appears in disputes under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Privacy Act 1988 and Archives Act 1983. He routinely acts in matters concerning the application of privileges and immunities. His often high-profile matters range from appearing for Commonwealth agencies resisting disclosure of incoming government briefs to assisting the Australian Federal Police to obtain orders allowing for DNA testing of murder suspects to acting for Commonwealth officers appearing before parliamentary inquiries.
Justin is widely recognised for his exemplary client service and advice. He is also an accomplished trainer, frequently assisting agencies with their learning and development needs across a wide range of administrative law topics. He is a section editor for the Australian Journal of Administrative Law.
Justin has been with AGS in various capacities since 2003. Justin’s other experience includes a 3 month secondment to Comcare in their internal reconsiderations team, assisting agencies to prepare submissions to law reform inquiries, representing Commonwealth officers in coronial inquests and placements with AGS’s Intellectual Property team and Government Finance unit.
Prior to joining AGS Justin worked in the (then) Department of Finance and Administration as instructing officer on a range of litigation matters.
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