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.
Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2020
Maddocks has been 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
Winners will be announced in August 2020.
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 a finalist in the Executive Leadership category. Alicia was recognised for her work leading Maddocks Pride and being a champion for diversity and inclusion. The winner of this award will be announced in October 2020.
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.
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 2021
The most recent Best Lawyers in Australia guide listed 70 Maddocks partners and lawyers in 34 practice areas.
Five of our senior lawyers were recognised as Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice area:
- Simonetta Astolfi (Corporate/Governance Practice)
- Caroline Atkins (Outsourcing Law)
- Lucille Scomazzon (Health & Aged Care Law)
- Angela Wood (Non-Profit/Charities Law)
- Fiona Wallwork (Franchise Law)
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 24 law firms to be listed by Australasian Lawyer magazine as an Employer of Choice in 2019. 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.
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2019
Partner Simonetta Astolfi received the Government Partner of the Year Award. As a legal and probity adviser, she was a key driving force on several significant Commonwealth Government procurements and governance and conflicts reviews, amongst other achievements.
Simonetta was also recognised for her strong focus on developing the Canberra office, which has grown significantly since opening in 2012.
Simonetta was one of seven Maddocks finalists, including:
• Bettina Sheeran (Innovator of the Year and New Partner of the Year)
• Caroline Atkins (Government)
• Catherine Merity (Capital Markets)
• Lindy Richardson (Workplace Relations)
• Nick Holuigue (Real Estate)
• Patrick Ibbotson (Native Title, Planning and Environment)
Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2019
Maddocks partners, associates and teams were finalists in four categories. Individual nominations were:
• Catherine Merity – Dealmaker of the Year
• Michael Zheng – Senior Associate of the Year
• Government Team of the Year
Our Government team was nominated as a leader in the Government market, with a majority of our partners advising government organisations at all levels. This team was recognised for their combined expertise and experience as a deeply experienced team that understands all tiers of government. The team was also nominated for its real-world understanding of the transformational projects it supported.
• Workplace Relations & Employment Team of the Year
Our Employment & Workplace team was recognised for its high-value work for a number of corporate and government clients. These issues ranged from systematic underpayment and exploitation of migrant workers for the Fair Work Ombudsman, to high-profile disputes with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union in the Fair Work Commission.
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.