Peter Garrisson is the Solicitor-General for the Australian Capital Territory, also performing the functions of Chief Solicitor, and is thereby responsible for the management and legal practice of the ACT Government Solicitor's office. He was admitted to legal practice in 1981 in Melbourne working in private practice until 1995. He worked with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where he was a Regional Commissioner until 1999. Peter moved to Canberra and joined the ACTGS in 1999.
He has significant experience in commercial law including contracts, intellectual property, trade practices, corporations law and insurance. He has acted for the ACT Government in a range of major commercial transactions and regularly advises on complex commercial and governmental matters.
Peter has practised widely in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and has extensive expertise in land law and legal interpretation. He advises the government on complex constitutional and public law matters, including matters arising under the Human Rights Act 2004, and appears as counsel for the Attorney General. Peter was Chief Solicitor from 2004 until his appointment as the ACT's first Solicitor-General in August 2011.
Dr Loretta Zamprogno conducts a commercial practice, and is responsible for the strategic management of the property and commercial practices within ACTGS. Loretta has considerable experience in government procurement and contracting, acting as the Territory's legal and probity adviser on significant projects.
She is a recipient of a Commissioner for Public Service Administration Award which are awarded annually within the ACT Public Service. The Award recognises high achievers, and showcases quality and dedication of ACTPS employees.
Loretta is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Canberra; and an active member of the ACT Division, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the ACT Law Society's Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Loretta was admitted to legal practice in the ACT in 1989.
Sky Sim is responsible for the management and conduct of the litigation practice within ACT Government Solicitor. He handles and provides the strategic direction and oversight of high profile and sensitive litigation on behalf of the Territory. Sky advises in all matters which could lead to litigation with the aim to manage risk.
Admitted as a barrister-at-law in England and in Malaysia in 1983 and in ACT in 1989, Sky has extensive experience in commercial and public law litigation as well as advising.
Gayle Sillis joined the ACTGS in September 2002 and progressed to Office Manager in September 2005.
She brings to the role vast experience in secretarial, office administration and management roles from both Commonwealth Government and the private sector spanning a career over 30 years.
Courtney Black is the Manager Operations and is responsible for the human resource and operational functions for the Office. She has been with the ACT Government Solicitor since February 2003.
Prior to relocating to Canberra she was the State Office Manager for a large not for profit organisation in Brisbane. Her career has also included working in several office management positions providing administrative and executive support in a number of financial sector organisations.
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