Administrative/Government Law

At Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers we have a team of highly qualified administrative lawyers with many years of experience in advising government and private clients about rights to challenge government decisions. Headed by Julian Van Leer, our team’s experience in this field is comprehensive and is usually only found in the large CBD law firms.  Our team includes lawyers with public sector experience at senior levels.
We currently work for a number of large clients in this field, and are on the panels of a major insurance company, a number of State and Commonwealth Government departments and some highly successful private companies which rely on government licenses to operate their businesses.
We provide advice and representation on a variety of matters where the statutory framework determines rights and obligations.
Our work for private individuals has included matters where medical procedures and health issues were involved, work for educational institutions challenging government decisions relating to their operations, and numerous decisions challenging the exercise of discretions by government.
The services we provide in this field include:
  • challenging government/departmental decisions where:
    •  “natural justice” has been denied, or
    • unfair decision making processes have been adopted
  • anti-discrimination cases
  • equal opportunity cases
  • Freedom of Information
  • other areas covered under our commercial and immigration practices
As a medium sized firm we have the skills and experience to provide sound advice and representation and value for money.   Our lawyers work to ISO (International Standard Organisation) approved quality standards. 
Further information
Contact Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers on (02) 8268 4000 for friendly professional service.
Contract: the rules of the game
Date: Jun 15, 2015

The traditionally accepted view of law is that it is an independent set of rules governing society routinely applied by reference to existing precedent. The law is considered autonomous and distinct from custom, morality, religion and politics. In western civilisations, legal systems are built on liberal foundations.

Private contractual arrangements and government intervention
Date: Jun 12, 2015

The law was not constructed on a bare canvas, but on value-laden foundations. Ordinarily, when a house is built on a sloping block, the nature of that slope determines the type of structure erected upon it. The structure is changed to suit the conditions of the landscape, not vice-versa. It is no different with the law.

Religious officers, contracts and legal relations
Date: Jun 11, 2015

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Consideration in contract law
Date: Jun 10, 2015

The doctrine of Consideration is concerned with the price paid for a promise. Consideration is something of legal value given in exchange for a promise.

A contract that is not a contract
Date: Jun 09, 2015

Equitable Estoppel is a cause of action that protects parties’ reliance on promises which have the appearance of a contract, but which do not satisfy the elements needed to create binding legal relations, that result in detriment to one party. The case of Waltons Stores (Interstate) Ltd v Maher is a landmark case which has greatly affected the common law of contract.

Costs orders - who pays the costs of legal proceedings?
Date: Aug 25, 2014

The Court has power under Section 98 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 to determine by whom, to whom and to what extent the costs of the proceedings are to be paid.

LITIGATION - Frequently Asked Questions
Date: Dec 04, 2012

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Colleges, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority
Date: May 29, 2012

On 30 June 2011 the Vocation Training and Accreditation Board (VETAB) which regulated the operation of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) ceased operations and was replaced with a new national regulator – ASQA (the Australian Skills Quality Authority).

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