Current practice

Bilal is an experienced government lawyer who currently supports the State's response to the Aged Care, National Natural Disasters, Management of Police Informants and Mental Health Royal Commissions. His practice includes providing strategic and pragmatic legal advice in relation to the powers of State and Commonwealth Commissions and sensitive public interest immunity claims, preparing witnesses to give evidence before Commissions and the preparation of State responses to Commissions.


Bilal is experienced in Royal Commissions and inquiries, public law, administrative, environmental, commercial, ICT/technology and intellectual property law and litigation. His experience includes:

  • advising on the powers, privileges and immunities of Royal Commissions and inquiries, and their operation in relation to the Royal Commissions into National Natural Disasters, Aged Care, Mental Health and the Management of Police Informants;
  • assisting with the preparation of multi-billion dollar performance-based contracts for the Department of Defence;
  • advising Services Australia on brand management and third party intellectual property infringement;
  • advising Austrade on Australia's anti-bribery and corporate crime framework;
  • advising the Department of Environment and Energy on Commonwealth environmental approvals for major infrastructure and mining projects subject to intense public scrutiny;
  • working in the legal team of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory;
  • drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of contracts, panel arrangements, software licences, approach to market documents and inter-governmental memoranda of understanding for various agencies; and
  • working on Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court matters.

Before joining VGSO, Bilal worked at a specialist government law firm in Canberra maintaining a broad practice advising some of the Commonwealth Government's largest agencies, government-owned corporations and not-for-profit organisations. Bilal also extensively supported the ACT Law Society's Pro Bono Clearing House in connecting vulnerable persons with legal assistance, as an operational secondee and later as an assessment panel member.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria