Sasha Dawson

Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB (Distinction), BA (French)
Area of law:
Administrative decision making and review, Commercial litigation, Constitutional law and parliament, Human rights and equal opportunity, Royal commissions and inquiries, Public sector governance and integrity

Sasha works in constitutional and administrative law. She has both an advice and litigation practice. She works on matters involving the interpretation of the Constitution, the scope of legislative and executive power, relations between the State and Commonwealth, and complex questions of statutory interpretation and administrative decision-making.

Sasha's litigation practice includes judicial review proceedings and matters arising under the constitution. This includes defending State agencies in Supreme, Federal and High Court litigation and acting for the Attorney-General in constitutional intervention proceedings.

Sasha is comfortable advising on the most complex and technical issues of law. She enjoys helping her clients navigate these issues by focusing on pragmatic solutions with a strong understanding of her client's policy interests and operating environment.

A focus of Sasha's work to date has been matters concerning First Peoples. She advised the State on the Treaty process, and run the Attorney-General's intervention in High Court proceedings concerning the constitutional rights of Aboriginal people. She also has experience advising on Aboriginal cultural rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and the Aboriginal Heritage Act.  

Prior to VGSO, Sasha was a senior legal adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Office of the General Counsel. In that role, she advised on matters including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the establishment and response to Royal Commissions and inquiries, emergency management, and major transport and infrastructure disputes. She also previously worked as a litigator at a large commercial law firm, where her highlights included acting for the Parliament in litigation concerning parliamentary privilege, and a pro bono miscarriage of justice case where her client's wrongful conviction for murder was overturned.

Sasha was also a judge's associate in the Supreme Court and has taught Legal Theory and Ethics at a university level.

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