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We are a firm with lawyers who specialise in local government work and truly understand local government needs.

Anthony Quahe created the Civic Legal brand in 2005 as a result of close consultations with WALGA and with the aim of providing specialist legal advice to the local government sector. Since that time, Civic Legal’s foundation values of clear legal analysis, responsiveness to clients and innovation have created a loyal following amongst many local governments.

We are therefore one of the few law firms in WA that has lawyers who specialise in and truly understand local governments and the laws that apply to them.

Our firm carries the WALGA seal of approval: we are on the panel of preferred suppliers of legal services to the local government sector in WA. Civic Legal is also principal legal sponsor of the annual WA Local Government Convention.

“Civic Legal have a highly professional and pragmatic approach to managing legal matters and their client relationships. Civic Legal provide advice that is very clear and easy to follow. All staff have dealt with our office in a professional manner and allows our Association to offer the best advice to our members.”

Tony Brown

Executive Manager Governance and Strategy, WALGA

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“In dealing with the Civic Legal team, I found them to be cooperative, timely, informative, diligent and energetic in dealing with the matter at hand. They were very timely in getting information back to us. The outcome saved the organisation in excess of $50,000-$60,000 in costs. It was a good outcome – Council was very pleased.”


WA Local Government

Services include:

  • Advising local government bodies on the operation and application of legislation governing their operations
  • Advising on waste removal services
  • Amalgamations between local governments and proposals for new structures
  • Complex contracts
  • Complex land/PPP developments
  • Complicated transfers of Crown and Local Government land and associated surrenders of leases
  • Construction, repair and maintenance of roads and other infrastructure
  • Contract disputes
  • Corruption inquiries
  • Councillor conduct and other governance issues
  • Defamation
  • Development approvals

  • Governance and compliance issues, employee misconduct
  • Intellectual property laws
  • Local laws
  • Native Title
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Planning matters in the SAT
  • Proposed changes to conditions for development approvals
  • Prosecutions under the Dog Act 1976, the Health Act 1911 and other legislation
  • Public liability claims
  • Rates recovery and enforcement actions
  • Risk management
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Tendering and procurement processes
  • Workplace relations

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