Commissions of inquiry

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

There is an increasing trend towards the use of Royal Commissions and other commissions of inquiry to investigate and report on issues of public significance.

Commissions of inquiry present unique legal and reputational risks to organisations, both in terms of dealing with the investigating commission and with managing the impact of any findings and recommendations of the commission.

How we can help

We are experts in helping clients navigate the unique risks presented by commissions of inquiry. We have had key roles acting for both private and government clients in relation to a number of recent high-profile commissions of inquiry, including the Financial Services Royal Commission, the Aged Care Royal Commission, the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Commission of Inquiry, the Victorian Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne and the Western Australian Royal Commission into Crown Perth.

In the intense environment of commissions of inquiries, there is no substitute for experience. Ours spans both Commonwealth and state-based commissions and inquiries, and includes responding to summonses or notices to produce documents, preparing witnesses to appear before commissions of inquiry, protecting confidential and commercially sensitive information, coordinating internal resources, preparing submissions and assisting clients with the impacts of any findings and recommendations.

Unique insights

Our team has played a key role leading previous Royal Commissions and commissions of inquiry. We bring a deep understanding of how commissions of inquiry work to ensure you are in the best position to respond.

A responsive and flexible team

Commissions of inquiry usually work to very short timeframes, meaning requests for documents and information often involve very tight deadlines. Small errors can play out publicly and have an ongoing impact on an organisation's engagement with the commission. We understand these risks and work with you to ensure you can respond quickly and effectively to information requests. This includes understanding your systems and internal structures, as well as ensuring we have the resources on hand to quickly scale up (and down) capacity as needed.

Market leading technology and resources combined to achieve the right outcomes quickly

Our in-house document-production specialists utilise market-leading technology to identify the most relevant information efficiently and review large volumes of electronic information to meet even the most stringent of deadlines. 

Experience

Crown Resorts

Advising Crown Resorts on the Victorian and Western Australian Royal Commissions and the New South Wales Commission of Inquiry related to its Australian casino operations.

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

Advising a number of financial clients in relation to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Juukan Gorge Commission of Inquiry

Acting for Rio Tinto in the Parliamentary Inquiry established by the Senate, and advising on a range of associated legal and risk and compliance issues following the blasting of two rock shelters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Victorian Hotel Quarantine Commission of Inquiry

Acting for the Department of Justice and Community Services, including Emergency Management Victoria and Corrections Victoria, throughout the Victorian COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry. The Inquiry was established to consider the decisions and actions of government agencies, hotel operators and private contractors involved in Victoria's Hotel Quarantine Program.

The Star Inquiry

Acting for NAB in relation to its engagement with the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming-initiated public inquiry being conducted into The Star casino.

Aged care Royal Commission

Acting for Australian Unity in relation to the Aged Care Royal Commission. The Commission was established to inquire into the quality and safety of care provided in residential aged care facilities and community and flexible aged care settings.