Regulatory Investigations

The Williams + Hughes litigation team has acted for multiple clients in:

  • ASIC investigations and prosecutions
  • Real estate and medical board actions
  • Civil claims with a statutory element, such as defending claimed breaches of local government by-laws, and prosecutions relating to sale of land
  • Defending environmental prosecutions
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Our notable and relevant experience includes:

  • Acted on several occassions for financial advisers in investigations by ASIC relating to section 920A Corporations Act banning notices, alleged breaches of the National Credit Code, and associated criminal prosecutions
  • Acted for a large private chemicals company in relation to various regulatory investigations and prosecutions, such as a Department of Environment investigation relating to a significant diesel spill and a Worksafe investigation relating to a boiler explosion
  • Acted for a landowner in relation to a prosecution in the State Administrative Tribunal by a local government for failing to abide a direction 
  • Acted for a pastoral lessee in an investigation by the Department of Environmental Regulation relating to clearing of native vegetation
  • Acted for mining companies in investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Mines and Petroleum relating to mine site accidents
  • Acted for a tourism operator in defence of a prosecution under the Conservation and Land Management Act relating to conducting tours within a wildlife exclusion zone
  • Acted for a tourism operator in defence of a local government prosecution relating to use of a jetty at a restricted location
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