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Government Regulatory and Administrative Law

McCabes‘ government and administrative law group have provided legal support and advice to government agencies for over 25 years.

Over this time, our group has developed an in-depth understanding of the administrative law and policy framework governing private and public organisations.

We understand the diverse and unique requirements of our government clients. Backed by over 40 lawyers, our group has a proven record of achievements at trial and appellate levels across various jurisdictions.

Our strength is in understanding the culture of our clients’ organisations. We are committed to achieving the best results for them whilst addressing specific policy and operational requirements.

We pride ourselves on delivering practical and commercially sensitive advice and legal representation through our cost-effective and professional service.

Expertise

  • Advice to Government departments on statutory and common law liability issues, insurance and disciplinary/investigational requirements
  • Representing the interests of government clients at coronial inquests and inquiries
  • Internal reviews and responding to various complaints under state and Commonwealth legislation
  • Defending personal injury claims brought against government agencies
  • First party property claims and recovery assignments including residential property damage claims, first and third property loss
  • Defending intentional tort claims including wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office
  • Defending common law negligence claims brought by former NSW Police Officers in the course of their employment, including post-traumatic stress disorder

We provide bespoke advice and excellent solutions. Whether you have a general question, feedback or seek legal counsel, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Meet our people

Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Alex Freeman
Partner, WA

Alex Freeman

Meet Alex

Alex advises and represents workers’ compensation and general insurers and large corporate self-insurers in personal injury liability litigation, work injury claims and property damage claims. He heads McCabes WA’s workers’ compensation teams for multiple national insurers. Alex is also the...
Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Amanda Kmetyk
Principal

Amanda Kmetyk

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a principal at McCabes and is a leading provider of legal advice to government. By knowing government, Amanda is able to identify key issues and focus upon providing legal advice that is specialised and nuanced. With a background...
Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Byron Winburn-Clarke
Partner, WA

Byron Winburn-Clarke

Meet Byron

Byron has a wide and varied insurance practice and experience specialising in significant claims involving complex liability issues and substantial damages. His management qualifications give him a unique business understanding of insurers and their operations, and his diverse exposure to...
Cathy Hogan
Principal

Cathy Hogan

Cathy Hogan
Principal

Cathy Hogan

Meet Cathy

Cathy’s significant experience includes managing and advising on the defence of catastrophic claims and politically sensitive matters including coronial enquiries with high media exposure. Prior to joining GILD as a Legal Manager in 2002, Cathy was a Special Counsel with...
David Burton
Partner, WA

David Burton

David Burton
Partner, WA

David Burton

Meet David

Since 1986, David has acted exclusively for insurers and self-insureds in the defence and management of general insurance, public liability, employer’s liability, workers’ compensation and compulsory third party motor vehicle claims. He is also widely regarded as a leading practitioner...
Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Francesca Menniti
Principal

Francesca Menniti

Meet Francesca

Francesca has 25 years’ experience as a defendant insurance litigation lawyer and specialises in general insurance litigation and medical negligence. In addition to representing NSW Health agencies in liability claims, coronial inquests and administrative law matters, she has provided advice to...
Graeme Richards
Partner, WA

Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards
Partner, WA

Graeme Richards

Meet Graeme

Graeme is regarded as one of the foremost specialist insurance lawyers in Western Australia. He has amassed a wide, varied, and vast experience over his 40 year career and is one of the most able and effective lawyers in this...
Josephine Courtney
Partner, WA

Josephine Courtney

Josephine Courtney
Partner, WA

Josephine Courtney

Meet Josephine

Jo has extensive experience in defending insurance related claims in the personal injury, product liability and strata company liabilities, as well as experience in managing fraudulent claims requiring investigation, medical negligence and recovery claims. Her clients include many of Australia’s...
Justin Dyson
Partner, WA

Justin Dyson

Justin Dyson
Partner, WA

Justin Dyson

Meet Justin

Justin represents both insurers and self-insureds across a wide range of workers’ compensation matters, from smaller claims involving technical issues such as calculation of the correct rate of weekly payments, through to catastrophic injuries involving complex factual disputes. He also...
Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Leighton Hawkes
Principal

Leighton Hawkes

Meet Leighton

Leighton is the head of the firm’s general liability Government team, leading a dedicated team of lawyers who assist and advise government agencies in NSW across a variety of legal matters. Leighton has over 18 years’ experience in the insurance...
Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Paul Garnon
Principal

Paul Garnon

Meet Paul

Paul specialises in insurance claims resolution with an emphasis on professional indemnity, financial lines, public risk insurance and ISR. Paul is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years experience advising on all types of insurance across all lines.  He has extensive...
Stuart Windybank
Principal

Stuart Windybank

Stuart Windybank
Principal

Stuart Windybank

Meet Stuart

Stuart has developed his specialist insurance law practice to enable him to provide a broad range of legal services to Australian-based and international authorised insurers, underwriting agencies, general insurance brokers, self insurers and public authorities on all aspects of their:...

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