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Russell Kennedy’s Government team is one of the largest in Victoria. Our extensive experience and deep understanding of government allows us to act as a trusted partner to local, state and commonwealth clients.

Our team advises on issues including public administration and governance, statutory interpretation, judicial and merits review, policy and legislative reform, freedom of information, privacy, probity, Coronials, Royal Commissions and Ombudsman inquiry processes. Our clients also look to us for help with understanding the impact of new or amended legislation and meeting their statutory obligations.

Working with these clients has given us an understanding of the context in which various levels of government and agencies across different portfolios operate and also a breadth of experience in the areas where our Government clients may require assistance.

Leading Government Principal, Victor Harcourt, has been recognised for his work in the government sector in Best Lawyers in Australia list since 2014. Principals, Sarah Manly and Jos Mulcahy have also been recognised as part of the Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 list.


Local Government

We have represented local government and statutory bodies since our firms inception. We now work for more than 50 local councils. We maintain long held, strong and beneficial relationships with our local government clients and organisations operating in the sector.

Russell Kennedy provides the full range of legal services and related services to local government. We have expertise in all local government law, environment, building, local laws, prosecutions, planning, governance, commercial, property, workplace relations and employment.

We have a particular strength in bringing together the various legal disciplines necessary to deal with major local government projects. Projects may require expertise in planning law, property law, environmental law, valuations, construction law, intellectual property and finance - all of this expertise can be sourced from within Russell Kennedy in an efficient and cost effective manner. 

Victorian Government

Russell Kennedy has worked for Victorian Government entities for more than 25 years. We have a long history of delivering highly effective advice, representation and trusted advisor support.  

We have been a member of the Victorian Government Legal Panel since it was established in the early 2000s. We are currently on 10 of the 13 panel areas and have worked for more than 35 Victorian Government clients including departments, statutory authorities and agencies. 

Commonwealth Government

We act for a wide range Commonwealth clients, including departments, statutory agencies and corporations, regulatory agencies and regulators. 
We are a member of the Commonwealth Government Legal Services Panel (formerly known as the Legal services Multi-User List).

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