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.

The Civic Legal team has serviced about half of the local governments in Western Australia to date. 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. This is underlined by the fact that local government work comprises about two-thirds of our practice.

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

“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
  • Amalgamations between local governments and proposal for new structures
  • Complex contracts
  • Complex land/PPP developments
  • Complicated transfers of Crown and Local Government land and associated surrenders of leases
  • Contract disputes
  • Councillor conduct and other governance issues
  • Defamation issues associated with council business or hostile stakeholders
  • Development Approvals
  • Governance and compliance issues, employee misconduct and defamation
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Local laws

  • Matters before the Crime and Corruption Commission
  • Native Title
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Proposed changes to conditions for development approvals
  • Prosecution in all courts in Western Australia, including prosecutions pursuant to the Dog Act 1976, the Health Act 1911 and local parking laws
  • Public liability claims pertaining to property and personal injury (both advice and representation)
  • Rates recovery and enforcement actions
  • Risk Management
  • Statutory interpretation and advice on the Local Government Act and other legislation affecting Local Governments
  • Tendering and procurement processes
  • The construction and use of significant roads and other infrastructure

Civic Legal Seminars

Civic Legal conducts a unique programme of seminars and workshops for local government staff and councillors.

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