vgso.vic.gov.au

Sasha Dawson

Position:
Senior Solicitor
Qualification:
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 practices in advisory and litigation matters involving constitutional law and administrative decision-making.

Sasha advises on matters involving the interpretation of the Constitution, legislative and executive power, Crown prerogatives, privileges and immunities, and complex statutory interpretation in administrative law. She acts for the Attorney-General in constitutional matters in the High Court's original and appellate jurisdictions, and for government departments, agencies and statutory authorities in judicial review proceedings. Sasha also has a strong interest in human rights including the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and implied rights and freedoms. 

Prior to joining VGSO, Sasha was a Senior Legal Advisor in Public Law at the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Office of the General Counsel. In that role, she advised government on a broad range of high profile matters including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Treaty with Aboriginal Victorians, the establishment and response to inquiries including the Natural Disaster and Crown Royal Commissions, referrals of power to the Commonwealth, and the application of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2008. 

Sasha is experienced in complex litigation having acted for the State of Victoria in matters including Thorpe v Head, Transport for Victoria (regarding the Western Highway Duplication Project and its impact on claimed Aboriginal heritage) and in Infosys v State of Victoria (regarding the application of the Long Service Leave Act 2018 to work performed outside Victoria).

Sasha previously worked at a major commercial law firm, where she practiced in litigation and dispute resolution. Her highlights included acting for regulators in competition and consumer cases, for government in matters involving parliamentary privilege, and in a pro bono miscarriage of justice case where her client's wrongful conviction for murder was overturned.

Sasha was also the Associate to the Honourable Justice Janine Pritchard in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, where she assisted with the conduct of trials and the drafting of judgments in General Division civil and criminal matters and in the Court of Appeal. She also taught units in the Juris Doctor course Legal Theory and Ethics at the University of Western Australia.

Reviewed 19 July 2021