Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BSc

Current practice

Alison is Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Public Law & Planning.  In that role Alison leads a group of about 25 lawyers responsible for providing a wide range of legal services to Government clients about matters including:

  • The development, application and interpretation of legislation (including in administrative decision-making)
  • Merits and judicial review of administrative decisions
  • Planning, environment and heritage
  • Human rights and anti-discrimination law
  • State and federal constitutional law
  • Public sector governance and integrity
  • Integrity body (including parliamentary) inquiries

These services are provided across the full spectrum of advisory and litigious contexts.

Alison's clients value her considerable experience and her practical understanding of Government.  In particular, they appreciate her and her group's willingness to provide quick, comprehensive and context-sensitive advice, often in what are novel legal situations.  This can include providing urgent oral advice, participating in multi-disciplinary teams, responding quickly to interlocutory applications and coordinating whole-of-government responses.

Alison and her group can conduct training, present seminars and participate in roundtables on many public law and litigation topics and are happy to assist clients with professional development opportunities.

Experience

Alison has substantial experience across all areas of public law.  This includes representing State parties in public law litigation, particularly in the High Court; providing advice on complex and sensitive intergovernmental and constitutional issues; providing advice on the establishment of, and responses to, public inquiries; providing advice on responses to emergency situations and advising on novel and difficult questions of law and legislative development.

Alison has a deep understanding of public sector governance and decision-making processes having provided advice across government for over 20 years and participated in a number of Whole of Government steering committees responding to major litigation, public inquiries or other emerging issues.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law
  • Commissioner, Law Reform Commission of Victoria Commissioner
  • Victorian Legal Admissions Committee member

Recent Achievements

  • Awarded Public Service Medal in June 2019 for outstanding public service to the provision of legal services to the Victorian public sector, particularly in the areas of constitutional and public law. 
  • Awarded The Law Institute of Victoria's "Government Lawyer of the Year" award in 2011
  • Named in Best Lawyers Public Law and Government Practice, Australia