Background

Anthony graduated with Honours from the London School of Economics and was called to the bar in 1982 at Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in 1989.

Today, Anthony is one of the leading practitioners in the commercial and local government sectors in Western Australia.

Anthony created the Civic Legal team in 2005, specifically to service the WA local government sector. It has grown from strength to strength and is now a stand-alone firm in the local government, commercial and insurance sectors.

Anthony and his team have acted for about half of Western Australian local governments. The depth and breadth of Anthony’s experience enables him to provide advice and representation on virtually any legal issue your local government may face.

"We recognise that our client's legal issue may involve complex commercial, social and stakeholder interests. We work to identify the different drivers of their matter to achieve the best possible outcome."

This includes representation in the Supreme and District Courts, The Fair Work Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal and non-contentious work like drafting contracts and leases, advising on governance, tendering and statutory compliance.

Anthony approaches client matters with a strong strategic acumen informed by his business background, which enables him to protect clients’ interests by balancing legal and commercial perspectives.

Anthony is committed to educating the local government sector in good governance. An engaging and highly sought-after presenter, Anthony has been conducting training seminars and presentations to local governments across Western Australia since 2009.

Experience

Contracts

  • Drafts and advises on a wide range of contacts, including construction contacts, property development contracts, franchising agreements, joint venture agreements and commercial and community leasing

Tendering

  • Advises on obligations and processes associated with public and competitive tendering processes

Corporate

  • Provides incorporation of companies, shareholder agreements, security documents such as mortgages and debentures, advice on the Personal Property Securities Act 2009

Building/Environmental Law

  • Provides advice and representation in the SAT on building, environmental and planning matters

Litigation

  • Provides advice and representation in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Court in claims for damages for breach of contract, negligence and contraventions of competition law

Mediation

  • Provides empathetic and practical advice and representation in conciliation and mediation conferences in all courts and tribunals

Local Government Law

  • Advises on all aspects of law applicable to local governments, including on the Local Government Act 1995 and its associated Regulations

Enforcement

  • Oversees prosecutions under assorted legislation and local laws, including the Dog Act 1976, Building Act 2011 and Planning and Development Act 2005

Defamation

  • Provides advice and representation in defamation matters

Industry Associations

  • Founder of Singapore Western Australia Network (SWAN) - 2002
  • Founder of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Western Australia) - 2012
  • Former Chairman of Celebrate WA
  • Former Commissioner of Tourism WA
  • Former Board member for EventsCorp and Rally Australia

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - London School of Economics and Political Science (1981)

Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Admission

Lincoln’s Inn (1982)

Supreme Court of Western Australia (1989)

High Court of Australia (1989)

Practice Areas

Local Government

Corporate & Commercial

Property, Planning & Environment

Dispute Resolution

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