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  • Experienced in the provision of legal advice and representation to metropolitan and regional WA Local Governments.
  • Committed to delivering cost effective, efficient and timely advice.
  • In-depth understanding of a range of regulatory frameworks, due process and government decision making systems.

HHG Legal Group provides legal and governance services to local governments across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.

The local government sector has a breadth of activities like no other. We understand that lawyers advising local governments are also advisors to organisations operate aquatic facilities, health & fitness centres, golf courses, retirement villages, aged care services, waste management services and property developers  We also understand the importance of working collaboratively with property developers,  landlords, events managers, land rehabilitators, works contractors, significant employers, public authorities and regulators.

HHG has been a member of the WALGA Legal Services Preferred Supplier Panel for over 10 years and  has been a trusted advisor assisting local governments across all relevant areas of law including governance, property law, procurement, construction law, employment law,  town planning law and dispute resolution

Our local government team has an in-depth understanding of a range of regulatory frameworks, due process and government decision making systems, processes and time frames, with a number of our staff previously holding in-house local government positions.

Governance

  • Advising local government CEOs on state government contracts and heads of agreement, as well as governance processes and issues.
  • Participating in project control groups to proactively assist identify and manage legal risks, and offer practical solutions.
  • Created process maps (or complex flow chart) of the decision-making process and all legislative requirements (criteria to be met) and consequences of failures at any point in the process including availability of review.
  • Advising local government and private clients on Freedom of Information Act matters, including making and responding to applications and objections.
  • Advising local government clients on the review of adverse Ministerial decisions and processes affecting funding and property rights.
  • Local Government Act 1995 compliance
  • Legal Audits
  • Governance advice
  • Audit/Oversight Committee Appointments
  • Policy & procedure review and drafting
  • Investigations
  • Delegations Reviews
  • Freedom of Information

Property and leasing

  • Commercial, Community and ground leasing
  • Land Sales & Acquisitions
  • Easements, (e.g. Drainage, Public Access)
  • Sales & Development Agreements
  • Community Housing
  • Retirement Villages
  • Commercial leasing contracts for recreational / community development facilities.
  • State Administrative Tribunal applications in relation to matters involving planning and land use, building regulation, strata titles legislation, professional regulation and discipline and administration.
  • Advocacy to the State Solicitor’s Office for the transfer of land held under the Charitable Trusts Act 1962.

Projects and procurement

  • Negotiated and prepared project and subcontractor contracts, deeds, contracts of sale, leasing documentation, RFTs/ RFQs/EOIs and the procurement contracts awarded, for multiple local governments.
  • Preparing tender documents and contracts for minor and major projects including design contracts, design and construct contracts, and construction contracts.
  • Major Project – Planning & Risk Management
  • ‘Design, Construct & Operate’ Contracts
  • Major & minor works contracts
  • Review and drafting of RFT/RFQ documentation
  • Policy Review & Drafting
  • Sub-contractor protection

Town Planning

  • Providing proactive legal services to urban renewal projects including negotiating the surrender of management orders over crown reserves for redevelopment, preparing and negotiating land sale & development agreements, negotiating agreements with the Water Corporation to convert drains to ‘urban stream’ parklands.
  • Providing advice in relation to determination of planning applications.
  • Drafting and reviewing of local government policies, planning instruments and local laws.
  • Decision-making advice
  • Drafting planning instruments
  • Condition deferral agreements
  • POS contribution agreements
  • Land acquisition
  • Urban renewal projects

Employment and safety

  • Provided strategic advice on discrimination, bullying and harassment claims, managing the same and implementing internal policies and codes of conduct.
  • Drafting and reviewing employment contract templates for a large metropolitan local government, including letters of engagement, employment contracts, extensions to contract, deeds of settlement.
  • CEO & Executive Employment Contracts
  • Manager Employment Contracts and Engagement Letters (EBA and/or Award)
  • Performance management
  • Investigations (including misconduct)

Dispute Resolution

  • Resolving disputes with construction contractors.
  • Representing various local authorities, and also defending actions brought by local authorities, regarding breaches of legislation and local laws.
  • Assisted a local shire in its dispute with a construction contractor in relation to delayed completion of public works and related payment issues.
  • Advised private clients in relation to inquiries and prosecutions relating to environmental issues, land clearing, and a variety of licensing regimes including health and hygiene, fisheries, liquor and hospitality, vegetation clearing, zoning, heritage, professional discipline and regulation.
  • Successfully representing local government clients in planning and development disputes.
  • Successfully defending local authorities in relation to preference payment claims under the Corporations Act 2001.
  • Advising various local governments on actions against ratepayers and businesses in contravention of various legislation including the Local Government Act 1995, the Dog Act 1976 and the Building Act 2011.
  • Construction Contract Disputes
  • Property & Leasing Disputes
  • Land access and Asset Disputes
  • Arbitration, mediation
  • Litigation
  • Debt recovery

In-house support

  • Providing in-house legal services by retainer or governance manager relief cover. (e.g. covering annual leave periods for legal and governance positions)
  • In-house Legal Retainers
  • Governance Manager Retainers
  • Governance Manager Relief
  • General Counsel Retainers
  • Governance Support Services

*This is general information only, and does not constitute specific legal advice. Please consult one of our experienced Legal Team for specific advice relevant to your situation.

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"Always fast and thorough service. Thank you"

Sitka

My circumstances at the time I made contact with HHG were dire following my argument being rejected by two no win no fee firms. Following my initial meeting with HHG's employment law team I was left feeling extremely positive by the response and concern shown by HHG in regards to their support of my argument along with their preparedness to pursue an outcome on my behalf.

I accept the fact that nobody really wins in these cases (mental health/ workplace) however the end result was what would be considered most favourable and far in excess of what would have been achieved had I not sought the advice from HHG.

I have no hesitation in recommending HHG to anyone caught up in the messy circumstances I found myself in at the time.

Great advice and five-star commitment to their client!!"

Nathan

"Thank you for such great assistance with the transaction of Flying Domestics on behalf of Lorna Good. It has been such a pleasure to work with the HHG Legal Group and I look forward to working with you in the future."

Jim

"Simon Creek and his team were at all times empathic, professional and confident.  My matter needed to be addressed within a pressing time frame, and their availability at short notice and contact after hours was much appreciated.  It caused me considerable stress, but having such a thoroughly reliable and competent team to call on helped me to feel in control. Although I hope not to need their services again in future, I would be confident in doing so!"

Lana

"A good outcome is what we can expect.  A great outcome is a sign of a company which does the very best for their clients. A very big thank you to Daniel Morris for showing empathy towards my small and much needed legal action.

To HHG Legal Group, thank you for a great outcome.  I would recommend your company to anyone seeking legal services."

Jan

"Your support this morning was amazingly kind, not to mention your totally reassuring competence, knowledge and wisdom that you used on my behalf.  It was extremely reassuring to have your knowledgeable support, and I particularly appreciated your real and obvious kindness to me. It means so much at a very difficult time. I'm so grateful to you."

Family Law Client

"Janene was very professional and we established a good rapport quickly. The subject of death and wills can be quite confronting to deal with, however, Janene's approach was soft and accommodating."

Lynette

"A big thank you to HHG for their professional service, continued support, and wide range of legal knowledge. Our clients have given us nothing but kind words regarding HHG Legal Group and so we have no hesitation in referring and recommending Simon Creek and HHG Legal Group for their outstanding services and legal expertise."

Nigel

"Simon is a friendly and practical legal advisor. I have received great feedback from the clients I have referred to him and his team at HHG Legal Group."

Richard

"Over the last few years, I have been impressed by Simon’s legal ability, management skills, entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and people skills. He appears to be that rare breed of lawyer – both knowledgeable and commercial."

Michael

"Our family has been a client of HHG Legal Group over many years.  Business has included drawing up of wills for three generations and preparing of probate for my father in law. I would have no hesitation in recommending HHG Legal Group to anyone requiring such services."

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"You should be congratulated for the manner in which your staff address clients and we found our dealings with your company, once again a very pleasant experience and we would like to truly thank you for your efforts."

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Amanda

"Fantastic team! They really care about their client. Tim Colcutt is a 'go that extra mile' guy who gives his client his all. I can't recommend HHG and Tim enough."

Kerry

"I had a fantastic lawyer in Matthew Lilly. He helped me out a great deal with good, sound advice in a friendly, professional manner. First class, thanks Matthew"

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Carolin

"We were kept up to date at all times. Pricing was always updated over the time period so we remained "in budget". Personal access to someone whenever I had questions. All in all a great experience without too much fuss."

Rosslyn

"Good service you can count on."

Miles

"HHG Legal Group has provided outstanding support as I have taken the journey of buying a business, their professionalism is beyond reproach. Their assistance throughout the Due Diligence process has been invaluable, I would fully recommend them."

Mark

"Very friendly and efficient service - what a pleasure working with Matthew."

Jacques

"I highly recommend Daniel from HHG Lawyer in Mandurah. When dealing with a complicated legal property matter recently I was extremely impressed by Daniel's honesty and integrity and the legal advice I received. I am very happy with the service from HHG Legal."

Tony

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