Our Awards & Recognition
We do what we do for our clients. But we are proud when our people are recognised for the excellence of their work.
Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
Maddocks has been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency every year since 2004. This award is continued recognition that we offer equal opportunity to all of our people at Maddocks.
Discover more about our diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Best Lawyers in Australia 2022
The most recent Best Lawyers in Australia guide listed 70 Maddocks partners and lawyers in 36 practice areas.
The firm was recognised as Law Firm of the Year for 'Regulatory Practice'.
Two of our senior lawyers were recognised as Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice area:
PropertyX Innovate Awards 2020
Maddocks was awarded the Better Together Award at the PropertyX Innovate Awards announced in December 2020.
The award is for the work done by the firm, in particular the Development and IT teams, to integrate the firm's market-leading Maddocks ePortfolio platform with PEXA. The integration saw the reduction of manual handling of data by up to 60% and improved end-to-end visibility of the settlement process for clients.
Steven Persson, CEO of Homes for Homes, presented the award to to Maddocks and praised the firm for its willingness to provide feedback, support and enhance the PEXA platform for the benefit of all.
'Maddocks have a commitment to their clients and the community at large,' he said.
Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020
The Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards recognises leading women lawyers and support staff in the Australian legal sector. In November 2020, four of Maddocks partners, lawyers and shared services staff were named finalists.
- Mentor of the Year - Alicia Albury
- Dealmaker of the Year - Catherine Merity
- Senior Associate of the Year - Elizabeth Blanch
- Legal Operations Professional of the Year - Melinda Ridley-Smith.
Alicia Albury was named the winner of the Mentor of the Year category on 10 December 2020. Alicia was recognised for her long-standing commitment to mentoring young lawyers and her fearless advocacy for diverse and inclusive workplaces.
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020
Six Maddocks partners were named finalists in seven categories at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.
The finalists are:
- Bettina Sheeran - Real Estate Partner of the Year
- Brendan Coady - Media and Telecommunications Partner of the Year
- Caroline Atkins - Government Partner of the Year and Technology Partner of the Year
- Catherine Merity - Capital Markets Partner of the Year
- Lindy Richardson - Innovator of the Year
- Ross Jackson - Workplace Relations/Employment Partner of the Year
Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2020
Maddocks was named a finalist in five categories at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards:
- Government Team of the Year
- Dealmaker of the Year - Catherine Merity
- Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year
- Partner of the Year - Caroline Atkins
- Employer of Choice
Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms 2020
Each year, Lawyers Weekly asks its readers which firm they would move to if they were to leave their current firm. The responses are collated to find the firms that are the most attractive to lawyers in that year.
In 2020, Maddocks ranked 18th on the list – the highest ranking for the firm.
2020 LGBTQ Inclusion Awards
Maddocks was named a Bronze Employer at the Australian Workplace Equality Index's 2020 LGBTQ Inclusion Awards. We were recognised for the initiatives we have implemented to create a safe an inclusive workplace for our LGBTQ colleagues and allies.
Partner and Maddocks Pride chair Alicia Albury was named the winner of the Executive Leadership category. Alicia was recognised for her work leading Maddocks Pride and being a champion for diversity and inclusion.
Find out more about Maddocks Pride.
Australasian Lawyer Innovative Firms 2020
Maddocks was named as one of Australia's most innovative law firms in the annual Australasian Lawyer Innovative Firms 2020 report.
Maddocks was one of only 15 firms listed and was the second consecutive year we were featured in the list.
We were featured for our innovation strategy, which combines training in design thinking, collaboration with clients and regular idea generation workshops.
Human Resources Director Employer of Choice
Maddocks was recognised by Human Resources Director magazine in 2020 as an Employer of Choice. We were recognised for our training and professional development program designed to provide all of our people the opportunity to reach their career goals.
Read more about why we received the citation here.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
Maddocks and 20 of our senior lawyers were ranked in the latest Chambers Asia Pacific guide.
Our lawyers were ranked in the following practice areas: Construction, Corporate / M&A, Employment, Environment & Planning, Government, Health & Safety, Intellectual Property, Private Equity, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Sports Law, and TMT: IT & Telecommunications.
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
The Latest Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide recognised Maddocks and 33 of our senior lawyers in the following practice areas: Banking & Finance, Construction, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, IT & Telecoms, Labour & Employment, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, and Work Health & Safety.
Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice
Maddocks was one of only 25 law firms to be listed by Australasian Lawyer magazine as an Employer of Choice in 2020. The citation was received for the firm's wide range of initiatives designed to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Find out why we received this citation here.
NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019
Maddocks was shortlisted for five awards, with CEO Michelle Dixon named the Change Champion of the Year.
Michelle was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women, as a fierce advocate for diversity and championing the need for law firms to embrace the possibilities of diverse leadership.
Her contribution was reflected in the implementation of programs and policies that provide true diversity and inclusion, from parental leave and pay equity, to removing the barriers women face for promotion.
Other finalists were:
- Mentor of the Year and Woman Lawyer of the Year – Alicia Albury
- Rising Star of the Year – Natalie Wendon
- Outstanding Firm of the Year
Doyle's Guide 2019/20
The latest edition of Doyle's Guide lists Maddocks in Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate, Commercial & Procurement, Employment, Health & Aged Care, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Planning & Environment, Planning & Development, Property & Real Estate, and Work Health & Safety.
UDIA Awards for Excellence 2018
Maddocks received the Consultant’s Award for an innovative and tailored contract management platform for property developers VIP and Mirvac in their joint venture project Woodlea, in Melbourne’s west. The Maddocks eContracts platform handled large volumes of paperwork that supported Woodlea’s vision of providing a state-of-the-art digital experience provider.
The platform was created in response to Woodlea’s challenge to create an accurate, efficient and secure online platform that reduced paper waste for the property development industry. Maddocks eContracts allows all parties to sign contracts quickly and securely, reducing overheads and the time spent on contract signing from weeks to hours.