Laura Crick

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


Biography

Laura Crick is a litigation and disputes lawyer based in Canberra. Laura has deep experience advising Commonwealth agencies on a wide range of sensitive matters and important Commonwealth programs.

Laura provides authoritative, pragmatic and practical legal advice to deliver its policy objectives, to assist government to make defensible decisions and to assist private clients in their dealings with Government. Having worked closely with the Commonwealth Government throughout her career both in-house and as an external adviser, Laura understands the Commonwealth's culture of stakeholder consultation, transparency and accountability. These considerations, as well as the broader policy implications of working for the Commonwealth, are central to Laura's approach to servicing Commonwealth clients. She is known for her problem solving skills, insights, collaborative approach, calmness and ease of providing advice.

Laura offers significant experience acting for government and commercial clients in civil actions and administrative review proceedings in the High Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Administrative Appeal Tribunal and ACT Courts and Tribunals. Laura has also represented clients in a number of Royal Commissions and advised on regulatory and compliance matters.


Professional experience

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  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), Australian National University, 2015
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory 2016

Government and Administrative Law

  • Representing government entities and private companies in merits and judicial review applications in relation to government decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court, Full Federal Court and ACT Supreme Court
  • Providing decision-making advice to government including providing urgent advice and review of Ministerial briefs
  • Advising government departments and agencies in relation to numerous disputes, including in relation to procurement and contractual negotiations
  • Providing advice on procedural fairness obligations for investigators and individuals
  • Providing statutory interpretation advice and training
  • Advising government and private clients in relation to compliance with privacy laws and freedom of information requests (including third party consultations) including large and sensitive freedom of information requests and privacy impact assessments
  • Carriage of over 300 migration matters primarily focused on judicial review applications before the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court as well as appeals to the Full Federal Court and High Court. This involved appearing for the Minister as a solicitor advocate at final hearings and appeals. On several occasions, carriage of these matters as required defending urgent applications for interlocutory relief
  • Providing advice in relation to parliamentary privilege and preparing to give evidence in Parliamentary enquiries

Regulatory

  • Providing advice to multiple Commonwealth regulators in relation to the exercise of compliance and enforcement powers and assessment of prospects of pursuing civil penalties and the taking of urgent compliance action
  • Acting for Commonwealth regulators in relation to disciplinary and registration sanction decisions
  • Providing advice regarding the design new regulatory schemes to implement government policy
  • Assisting Commonwealth Departments in relation to Royal Commissions

Planning and construction

  • Providing security of payment advice
  • Construction disputes in relation to delay, defects, disruption and variations claims in the Australian Capital Territory Courts and Tribunals as well as independent adjudication
  • Acting for private clients in relation to planning applications and decisions including urgent applications for relief