Inquests + Commissions



Occasionally, a large public inquiry occurs – and you might be summonsed.  Or you are part of an employee investigation.  Or you get called as a witness in a Royal Commission, Coronial Inquest or to assist with a Local Government investigation.  These inquires and investigations are daunting and, at times, complex.  They can affect livelihoods and reputations.  And they are very rarely optional.

At Johnston Legal + Advisory we represent and advise witnesses (individuals and organisations) in State and Federal Government Inquests and Commissions.  We manage interviews, hearings, the review and production of documents and our client’s civil and criminal liability and reputation. 


In dealing with your matter, we identify the key issues and documents and your direct involvement and risk.  We then proactively manage your part in the process from every angle in order to assist the inquiry and protect your rights and reputation.  We also work closely with the respective governing bodies to secure positive findings and favourable outcomes, where possible.

Then, following any Inquest or Commission, we have the knowledge and experience to implement better practices and ensure any latent or subsequent risks are removed or minimised.

Please note: The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety terms of reference were announced on 9 October 2018 and hearings will be based in Adelaide. We are now advising parties in preparation and can assist with internal reviews, preparation of documents and witnesses, appearances and public relations.



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We have acted for:

  • Large employer in an employee misconduct investigation (NSW, 2018)

  • Senior employee in a misconduct investigation for a not-for-profit (SA, 2017-2018)

  • Leading NSW disability care provider in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (NSW, 2016)

  • National professional sports association in the coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes (NSW, 2016)

  • Key witness in an investigation into NSW Rural Fire Service (ICAC, Operation Vika, NSW, 2015)

  • State sports organisation in internal investigation (NSW, 2015)

  • Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) and various individual witnesses in investigation regarding political funding and prohibited donors (ICAC, Operation Spicer, NSW, 2014)

  • International athlete in a code of conduct tribunal (NSW, 2014)