Victorian Government Solicitor's Office Monthly Seminar Series

The Art of Royal Commissions

Tuesday 28 May 2019

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Royal Commissions are now a regular part of the public sector’s operating environment. Each is unique, but there are common features and getting the foundations of a State response to a Royal Commission right is critical to achieving a positive result for the State.
In this panel discussion, Leveasque Peterson, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, will explore the art of Royal Commissions with Liam Brown, Crown Counsel, Jane Brockington, who was the CEO of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and Alison O’Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor. They will bring their experience across at least seven Royal Commissions - State, federal and joint - to a discussion covering:
  • The Commission as a ‘start up’
  • State responses to Royal Commissions, including the authorising environment and representation
  • Witnesses and witness statements
  • The production of documents
  • What to do when you see one coming


Event details

Date Tuesday 28 May 2019
Time 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue Theatrette, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
CPD 1 unit, Substantive Law
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About your panel

Leveasque Peterson, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, VGSO
Leveasque leads VGSO’s Royal Commissions branch. She has a deep understanding of the public sector. She has acted for and advised numerous government departments and agencies and local government in Royal Commissions and Inquiries including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, 2014 Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption and other inquiries. 
Alison O'Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, VGSO
Alison leads VGSO’s public law and planning practice. That practice includes constitutional law advice and litigation, and the establishment of, response to, and representation before, public inquiries.
During her career at the VGSO she has acted for a Royal Commission resisting challenges to its powers, assisted in their establishment, formed part of the State’s representation, liaised with a Cabinet committee about resulting class actions and participated in interdepartmental committees implementing their recommendations.
Alison is also a part-time Commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Commission and was one of the IPAA Victoria Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria in 2018.
Liam Brown, Crown Counsel for Victoria
Liam was appointed Crown Counsel for the State of Victoria in August 2018. Before this, while at the Bar, Liam maintained a broad practice as a barrister, appearing in a number of high profile cases, inquiries and inquests, and providing advice on a range of government and public law matters. These matters included appearing for the State in the Child Sex Abuse and the Management of Police Informers Royal Commissions, together with advising the State in relation to its response to the Domestic Violence Royal Commission.  Before joining the Bar, Liam was a Principal Legal Adviser at the Department of Premier and Cabinet where he was responsible for the State’s instructions during the Bushfires Royal Commission.
Jane Brockington, Principal at Bridging Policy and Practice
Jane was the CEO of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission which was accepted as setting a new benchmark for the conduct of inquiries. She has also held other diverse leadership roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian public sectors in policy, reform, and research in microeconomic, budget, regulation, competition and infrastructure policy.
Jane is currently the Principal of Bridging Policy and Practice, a consultancy and advisory practice focused on strategy and transformation; regulatory design and practice; governance and integrity; and building capability.


Tuesday 12:30PM 28 May 19 2019
12:30pm to 2:00pm