Corrs Chambers Westgarth proud to have supported landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence

royal commission
6 April 2016

Throughout the Royal Commission’s inquiry, a dedicated team of Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers led by John Tuck, Partner and Jared Heath, Special Counsel (who was seconded to the Royal Commission as General Counsel), played a significant role serving as its legal advisors.

Last week saw the conclusion of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence after 13 months of work, led by The Hon. Marcia Neave AO.

The Royal Commission made 227 recommendations as part of its extensive report to the Victorian government.  

The report emphasises transparency and accountability, highlighting the need for services assisting those affected by family violence to work collaboratively to ensure victims receive the help they need. 

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has since described the document as one which “will change everything” and committed to implementing all 227 recommendations, with other state, territory and the Commonwealth governments expressing interest in the report’s recommendations.

Throughout the Royal Commission’s inquiry, a dedicated team of Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers led by John Tuck, Partner and Jared Heath, Special Counsel (who was seconded to the Royal Commission as General Counsel), played a significant role by serving as its legal advisors. The Corrs team recognised the importance of the Royal Commission’s work and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to improving the response to family violence in Victoria and beyond.

Our role advising this Royal Commission confirms Corrs as one of the leading commission and inquiry advisory firms. Above all, we are proud of our role in supporting this important inquiry which seeks to achieve social, policy and legal reform for the benefit of our entire community.

1800RESPECT provides information and support to people experiencing family violence or sexual assault: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT.org.au. The Men’s Referral Service provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour: 1300 766 491


General

Commissions of Inquiry and Parliamentary Inquiries are increasingly being called by State and Federal Governments to expose incidents of historical and current wrongdoing and to set the framework for long term policy change. It is inevitable that any major incident, disaster or public outcry will result in a parliamentary or senate inquiry, an independent commission of inquiry, or in the most serious cases a Royal Commission.

Corporations, government departments and senior executives face difficult, business critical challenges when engaging with any commission of inquiry, and must effectively manage both the immediate issues of appearing in an inquiry and potential long term policy changes.

Corrs has acted in a wide range of State and Federal Government inquiries, investigations and Royal Commissions, and is frequently called upon by government departments and companies that expect to be the target of an inquiry.

Corrs’ strong industry perspective provides our clients with the insight to participate effectively in the inquiry process, in a manner that minimises the prospect of adverse findings and contributes to positive long term policy development.


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