FAL boasts extensive experience in representing government bodies, catering to state, local, and federal government departments, as well as statutory authorities. Our team possesses an in-depth understanding of public sector processes and the regulatory framework in which they operate, enabling us to adeptly address the complex legal, commercial, and political concerns unique to this sector.
For many years, we have provided legal counsel to government departments, agencies, and local governments. Our firm is well-versed in the intricacies of the public sector environment, including its culture and dynamics. We expertly navigate the rigorous reporting and accountability requirements imposed on public entities. Our lawyers are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct, making us exemplary litigants. We approach challenges by carefully balancing policy, administration, and strategic considerations.
FAL's unparalleled expertise...
- and dedication to quality service in the public sector have been independently recognized through our appointment (and re-appointment) to numerous prestigious panels. Our appointments have included:
• Victorian Government Legal Services Panel (2002 - 2022)
• Municipal Association of Victoria’s Legal Services Panel (since 2018)
• Exclusive inclusion in the Legal Services Panel – Whole of Australian Government (since 2019)
our founding partners, Peter Francis and Jenni Lightowlers, have consistently been acknowledged in Doyle’s Guide as Leading and Recommended practitioners in the field.
We represent a wide array of public sector clients, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Country Fire Authority. Furthermore, we provide legal counsel to state public sector clients, such as the Victorian Auditor-General's Office, VicRoads, and WorkSafe Victoria.
Our reach extends to advisory services for various tertiary institutions, including Swinburne University of Technology and Victoria University.