Our Brisbane and Gold Coast commercial litigation team are experienced in all aspects of Regulatory Investigations & Licencing.
Whether you are a company or an individual, Government bodies in either the Federal or State jurisdiction can issue notices to produce documentation, show causes notices or enforcement notices. Government and other regulatory bodies can also conduct investigations and/or prosecutions in respect of various conduct.
Some regulatory investigations and disputes that our firm regularly handle relate to the following Government bodies and/or regulators:
- Australian Taxation Office investigations and disputes;
- Australian Securities & Investments Commission investigations and disputes;
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigations and disputes;
- Federal Government Department and/or body investigations and disputes; and
- Professional governing bodies and investigations and disputes.
- Fair Work Commission investigations and disputes.
- Local Government planning law disputes and show cause notices.
Our firm also has experience acting on behalf of individuals and companies appealing regulatory and administrative decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and assisting clients with all aspects of the administrative review process including at contested hearings.
It is essential that any company, business or individual that receives any notice of any Government regulatory matter treats any notice of investigation or prosecution very seriously. Indeed, a failure to respond can often mean that severe default penalties may be imposed on a company, business or individual without any consideration of any mitigating circumstances in their favour.
Further Australia and the various states within Australia take a tough regulatory stance in most industries and a failure to adequately comply with a notice issued to you may in certain circumstances be an offence. In addition, there may be significant penalties that apply in respect of any investigation and/or prosecution particularly with regard to any future licencing or eligibility matter following the investigation and/or prosecution.
It is imperative that you immediately obtain legal advice so that we may take steps to advise to protect and advance your interests with regard to mitigating any potential penalty as a result of a Regulatory, Government or Licencing Dispute.
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