Our expertise

Lexbridge draws upon a deep pool of experts and experience in its areas of practice.

International

Lexbridge possesses world-leading international legal expertise that you will not find in any other legal practice. Our practical experience, honed over decades on the world stage, enables us to provide services in a real-world context to shape critical interests.

We have advised on many of the most important international events and developments in recent decades, including:
– In the area of climate change, the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement
– With respect to arms control and counter-proliferation, support for the successful negotiation of a convention banning cluster munitions
– Extensive advice on international humanitarian law, including the negotiation of status of forces agreements and the legal basis for deployments in theatres including Iraq and Afghanistan
– Leading Australia’s periodic reporting under United Nations human rights treaty bodies, including the preparation of periodic reports and appearances before treaty bodies.

Trade and investment

Lexbridge has the unique ability to offer trade and investment services from those who have been at the forefront of the global system for decades. Our trade and investment expertise is deep and comprehensive. We have extensive experience providing advice and assistance across the entire range of trade issues including under the WTO, Free Trade Agreements, and investment treaties.

We have advised on and negotiated numerous Free Trade Agreements, including with Australia, ASEAN, China, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We have extensive experience advising on, negotiating, and renegotiating investment treaties. We have also worked on multi-billion dollar investment arbitrations and WTO cases.

We have delivered training and capacity-building programs across all a broad range of international trade and investment issues, including for government officials from APEC Members, Australia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Australian government

Lexbridge has decades of accumulated know-how enabling us to navigate and deliver outcomes for Australian agencies. We understand how government works and draw upon our experience as former government lawyers to deliver outcomes within this unique environment.

We have a proven ability to advise on and deliver complex, high profile, and sensitive matters for government across a range of areas.  This includes a strong ability to conduct stakeholder engagement across government.

Some major projects have included:
– Development of agreements between Australia and France for the $AU50 billion acquisition of 12 future submarines
– A multi-billion dollar bilateral international agreement between the Australian Department of Defence and Singapore relating to military training and training area development in Australia
– Legislative reform of maritime enforcement powers across Australia
– Successfully leading a major project to develop legislation to enact a Commonwealth offence of torture, and to prevent the death penalty from being re-introduced in any State in the future
– Coordinating and contributing to Australia’s engagement with the UN Human Rights Council

 

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