Des Yek

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Des Yek

Des Yek


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Des Yek is a commercial and public law lawyer in the government team based in Canberra. He has worked closely with government agencies throughout his career, including advising government clients on administrative law and commercial matters, and working within Commonwealth Government agencies.

Des has extensive experience with preparing tender and contract documentation for Commonwealth Government procurements, as well as the provision of privacy advice and the preparation of privacy impact assessments for Commonwealth and ACT Government clients. He has also advised on legislative reforms and frameworks for a Commonwealth agency in relation to a Council of Australian Governments initiative, and represented the Commonwealth Government in matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Des has Negative Vetting Level 1 clearance, and over 16 years of experience within the Australian Public Service prior to becoming a lawyer. He has an excellent understanding of government processes, based on his extensive government policy experience. His previous public service experience included senior policy and managerial roles at the Executive Level 1 and acting Executive Level 2 level with several Commonwealth Government departments. He has led policy teams and provided high level policy advice to the Minister, ministerial advisers and senior departmental staff on current and emerging issues with government programs. Des' extensive experience means he has a deep understanding of the unique Commonwealth operating environment, and understands how to support Commonwealth Government clients in navigating the complex policy, stakeholder and legal frameworks within which government decisions are made.

Professional experience

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  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University (2019)
  • Juris Doctor, Australian National University (2018)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Western Australia (1998)
  • High Court of Australia 2020
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory 2019
  • English


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