What we provide
We provide advice and assistance in relation to a variety of University-related matters, including:
- Providing legal advice on a range of issues such as legal compliance, commercial transactions, trade practices, intellectual property rights, disputes, right to information, privacy, industrial and workplace relations, and WH&S matters
- Negotiating, drafting and reviewing many types of agreements
- Drafting and reviewing University rules, policies and procedures
- Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the law including identifying and advising on judicial decisions and legislative changes that may affect the University
- Promoting awareness of and compliance with University statutes, rules and policies
- Performing due diligence processes on domestic and international clients
- Conveyancing and other property matters relating to the University
- Appear and advise on Student Misconduct Hearings
- Processing Right to Information and privacy applications
- Conducting or defending litigation on behalf of the University
- Accepting service of legal process (including statements of claim and subpoenas) on behalf of the University
- Briefing and instructing external lawyers engaged to provide legal advice or services to the University
- Training and compliance services
What we do not provide
We do not provide legal advice or services of a personal nature to University officers, staff or students. If staff or students have a complaint concerning the University, they should refer to the University's Complaints Management Framework.
Requesting legal services
We will only accept instructions about a transaction or other matter (such as litigation) from the staff member with the appropriate level of delegated authority. Please refer to the University's Delegations Register.
It is very important that we obtain full background information, documents and contact details of other parties when you first contact us, so that we can assist you to the best of our ability and resources. Many transactions are very complex and it can take time to draft or review documents and provide advice. Although we endeavour to deal with urgent requests as quickly as possible and take into account your deadlines, our general approach is to deal with matters in the order that we receive them, or according to our assessment of their urgency. Accordingly, it is important, when beginning negotiations for any transaction, that you factor into your time frame any need to involve the SCU Legal Office, particularly in cases that involve reviewing or drafting documents.
Please also be aware that, in some cases requiring specialist expertise, we may brief external lawyers. We will discuss this with you first.
If your matter is urgent, please contact us first by telephone or email to discuss your requirements.
If you are requesting legal services, please download and complete the Request for Legal Assistance Form.
Updated: 19 June 2012