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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

Simonetta Astolfi Sector Leader - Commonwealth

Background

Simonetta advises Commonwealth Government clients primarily as well as private sector clients.  Her practice covers corporate, governance, commercial, FOI, statutory interpretation, administrative law and regulatory decision-making, procurement and probity.

Simonetta has been ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the categories of Corporate/Governance and Government from 2011-2018, and in the category of Regulatory Practice from 2014-2018. She was also named Best Lawyers 2016 ACT Lawyer of the Year for Corporate/Governance. Simonetta has been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific for Government in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and she has been ranked as a leading Corporate, Commercial & Procurement Lawyer in Canberra in the 2017 Doyle’s Guide.

Legal expertise

  • Government.
  • Corporate, governance and commercial.
  • Probity, procurement and grant programs.
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy.
  • Administrative law and regulatory decision-making.
  • Statutory interpretation and legislation development.

Relevant experience

  • Acting as probity adviser on a range of procurements (including infrastructure and construction projects,  large grant programs and whole of government processes), outsourcings, scoping studies and panels for clients such as the Commonwealth Department of Finance; the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; the Department of the Environment; and the Department of Defence.
  • Advising and assisting with the establishment of public sector bodies corporate (including statutory authorities) and private sector companies, and advising on applicable regulatory frameworks and best practice corporate governance.
  • Advising on defensible decision-making including in regulatory and urgent operational contexts for clients, including show cause notices; drafting statements of reasons; and on delegations and authorisations.
  • Advising both public and private sector clients on the processing and submission of FOI requests, including the application of applicable FOI legislation, and undertaking or responding to, third party consultation processes.