5 Aug 2019

A core participant may appoint a qualified lawyer to act on their behalf in relation to the Inquiry proceedings.

The Chairman is required to direct that core participants be represented by a single legal representative in cases where:

  • the core participants’ interest in the outcome of the Inquiry are similar;
  • the facts they are likely to rely on in the Inquiry are similar; and it is fair and proper that they be jointly represented.

The Chairman can make financial awards to cover the cost of core participants’ legal fees, subject to conditions designed to prevent excessive or wasteful spending.

The guiding principles that apply are necessity, proportionality and reasonableness.