Government and Administrative Law

With a team of over 40 lawyers, McCabe Curwood’s government and administrative law group has been providing legal advice and services to NSW Government agencies and local councils for 25 years.

Over time, we have developed an in-depth understanding of the administrative law and policy framework governing private and public organisations.

McCabe Curwood is one of only six private firms to manage the general legal liabilities of over 180 government departments, instrumentalities and agencies.

Through our extensive work in these areas, McCabe Curwood has formed a genuine understanding of the diverse and unique requirements of our government clients and has a proven record of achievements at trial and appellate levels across a variety of jurisdictions.

Our strength is in understanding the culture of our clients’ organisations and 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.


  • 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 e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder

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