John Carroll is renowned for handling contentious matters and public law concerns for his government clients.

He leads the team acting for the Commonwealth Department of Immigration & Border Protection on a large number of applications, and on appeals before the courts and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Clients applaud his "excellent understanding of government legal practice," adding: "He's very responsive and solutions-focused." 

Named 2017 Canberra Government Lawyer of the Year and voted annually by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers, John Carroll is highly regarded for his skills as a public and administrative lawyer. A former Commonwealth head of legal services, he has a deep and practical understanding of the unique challenges of government. John delivers day-to-day practicality and usable advice.

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Administrative and Public Law

John is a trusted adviser to Commonwealth and Government agencies, acting on their behalf in Federal Courts and Tribunals. His advice is always practical, reflecting his extensive government experience. John's realistic approach to advice helps agencies make difficult decisions in accordance with legislative and administrative law obligations.

John is at the cutting edge of trends in public law. He advises and presents on current and developing issues and is the port of call for many clients on advice for complex matters or significant matters.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

As a former government in-house counsel and now litigation and public law partner, John brings considerable experience in dispute resolution. He has represented clients in contested matters before Federal, State and Territory Courts and Tribunals.

John has acted for over 1000 litigation matters, for a wide range of Federal Government clients involving merits and judicial review. John also regularly advises on matters involving liability of government authorities and on funding disputes.

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Government Services

John advises Commonwealth agencies on statutory interpretation, freedom of information and liability matters, and has assisted in the development of a wide range of legislative and administrative schemes.

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John advises public and private sector bodies on privacy compliance and undertakes privacy impact assessments and reviews. John and his team work hard to communicate complex issues in a clear and understandable way.

He has a full understanding of the practicalities surrounding implementation of privacy reforms and the interaction between privacy legislation and secrecy provisions, health records legislation and other confidentiality obligations.

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

John has had a long involvement with health and aged care and is familiar with the range of regulatory and legislative obligations which apply. He has a particular interest in electronic record management and the interaction of health records and privacy legislation.

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Cyber Security

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