Caroline Bush

Clayton Utz
Partner Canberra

Caroline Bush is singled out by clients as "responsive, direct and efficient" in her handling of the most significant government mandates. She offers an extensive track record in advising a broad range of public sector clients on commercial and administrative law disputes and is a leading expert with regard to royal commissions.

– Chamber Asia Pacific, Government


Caroline is a leading litigator and public law expert who acts for government and private sector clients in complex administrative law and commercial disputes, as well as investigations and inquiries. Her expertise extends across all facets of public law, particularly complicated regulatory issues, freedom of information, data breaches and privacy.

Her pragmatic advice and sound understanding of the special needs of government give her clients the confidence that results will be delivered.

Notable Work
  • Merits and judicial review proceedings: acted for many government clients in relation to merits and judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court and various Tribunals including the defence of high profile and sensitive administrative law decisions and proceedings.
  • Inquiries and investigations: acted for a wide variety of government clients and executives in the conduct of various inquiries and investigations (including coronials, corruption investigations, Royal Commissions as well as more discrete inquires).
  • Dispute resolution: acted in relation to a range of commercial and liability disputes for both private and public sector clients including in the context of complex procurements, grants and funding arrangements and property transactions.
  • Data breaches: acted in significant data breach matters for various Australian entities.
  • Information access: assisted clients in relation to FOI decision-making as well as the conduct of contested FOI matters before the AAT.
  • Privacy Act: government and private sector clients in relation to their obligations under the under the Privacy Act and the management of privacy complaints.
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