Des Yek

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Des Yek

Des Yek


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Des Yek is a commercial lawyer in the government team based in Canberra. He joined the team in March 2021 after previously working in the government and administrative law for another law firm as well as the Commonwealth. In his current role, Des has worked on matters for Commonwealth agencies in relation to privacy, probity, tender management, procurement, and grant programs.

Des has previously advised and assisted on contractual matters for commercial clients, prepared privacy impact assessments for Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies, and advised on Commonwealth legislative reforms and program frameworks. Des also has litigation experience from his time with the National Disability Insurance Agency where he represented the Commonwealth in matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Des has Baseline clearance and has embarked on a legal career after over 16 years of experience within the Australian Public Service. 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 (then) Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Commonwealth Department of Education, where he worked closely with a range of stakeholders within the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as well as the private sector in areas such as employer sponsored visas and schools funding. He has undertaken a diverse range of work within these roles including the provision of high level policy advice, policy research, managing tender processes, preparing procurement and budgeting submissions, and representing line areas on project teams for the replacement of legacy IT systems and WCAG 2.0 compliance for web content accessibility.

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