Legal Office

The Australian National University Legal Office provides legal advice and legal services to the University through the University's administrative and academic units.

The Legal Office does not provide personal legal services to members of staff or students. Students have access to a free legal service provided by ANUSA.

To contact the Legal Office email or phone 612 58489.

Instructions for issuing a Court Notice or Subpoena to the Australian National University.

Range of services

When providing services the Legal Office strives to provide advice that is professional, pragmatic and relevant.  Its motto is:

si crocodilos capere vis paludem siccare non opus est*

The services we provide include:

  • General legal advice
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts, licences and leases
  • Dispute resolution
  • Litigation
  • Interpretation of legislation including legislation affecting the University as well as the University Act, Rules and Statutes
  • Advice on intellectual property issues
  • Oversight of legislative and policy drafting
  • Liaising with and monitoring external lawyers.

Other matters

Queries in relation to the following non legal matters should always be directed to the area indicated before coming to this Office for assistance.

*don't try to drain the swamp to catch the crocodiles

Our teams & contacts


Contact details
FOI Coordinator 
Phone +61 2 6125 4237
Privacy Officer 
University Legal Office 
Phone +61 2 612 58489


Contact details
Philip Harrison 
University Counsel
Phone +61 2 6125 2511
Rachel Vance 
Deputy University Counsel
Phone +61 2 6125 0682
Jeanine Fras 
Office Manager
Phone +61 2 6125 8489
Brooke Fensom 
Office Administrator
Phone +61 2 6125 4394
Sue Galbraith 
Phone +61 2 6125 6671
Jasmine Hope 
Senior Lawyer
Allison Lawrence 
Phone +61 2 6125 3661
John Leahy PSM SC 
Consultant Legislative Drafter
Phone +61 2 6125 8489
Heather Luckie 
Senior Lawyer
Phone +61 2 6125 3324
Amy McCudden 
Senior Lawyer
Phone +61 2 6125 2914
Maree Tankiang 
Phone +61 2 6125 2124
Alison Tibell 
Senior Lawyer
Isla Tobin 
Phone +61 2 6125 8489
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