Introduced for the first time in 2015, the Government Team of the Year award celebrates the achievements of government teams both within commercial law firms and firms that specialise in providing legal services to government.
Three out of the five finalists are national firms whose government teams handled significant cases over the last 12 months; Clayton Utz, Mills Oakley Lawyers and Sparke Helmore Lawyers.
The only global firm with a government team to make the cut as a finalist is DLA Piper. The firm highlighted in their submission the way their global presence has contributed to the success of their government practice team in Australia.
DLA Piper draws on its international experience to deliver better services and outcomes to its Australian government clients. The firm believes it is able to gain insights into global trends in new models of public service delivery and offers clients direct access to legal services from any global DLA Piper office worldwide.
Rounding out the list of finalists is the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office team instructed on all key constitutional cases in which the State of Victoria or the Attorney-General was a part of over the last 12 months.
The firm's work also included advising the Victorian Government on constitutional aspects of major intergovernmental negotiations and policy initiatives, and being on call during elections and by-elections should any legal problems arise.
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