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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

Latest News

Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

Latest Article

When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … Continued

Corporate Social Responsibility

“We see ourselves as an active member of the wider community.”

Peter Francis, Melbourne Pro bono partner

Pro bono

We take pro bono very seriously. Our community includes organisations and individuals working for the public good, but who have limited resources available to improve and protect their work. Our people recognise that many individuals in society cannot obtain access to justice without legal assistance on a pro bono basis.

We’re committed to supporting these organisations and individuals in matters of public interest by providing our legal services on a pro bono basis. Our pro bono scheme operates across all of the firm’s areas of practice. We assist clients with respect to corporate governance, commercial, tax and structuring advice, DGR applications, industrial relations, FOI as well as contract, property and estate disputes. We also advise pro bono clients on complex and sensitive complaints and decision review processes.

Maddocks is an active member of Justice Connect. We work closely with Justice Connect and other referral organisations to ensure that the needs of our pro bono clients are met quickly and professionally. We also support the Mental Health Legal Centre, Kids Under Cover and the Victorian Women’s Housing Association.

All of our lawyers are encouraged to take part. Our pro bono scheme is coordinated by a national committee led by our pro bono partners, Peter Francis (Victoria) and Norman Lucas (New South Wales).

Sustainability & Environment

Maddocks is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally-responsible manner. In keeping with the firm’s vision of ‘sustainable success’, the Maddocks Environment Policy and Environment Plan align with the firm’s strategic objectives of having an outstanding working environment, living our values and investing for the future.

Since 2010, Maddocks has published seven editions of Sustain capturing all aspects of sustainability throughout the firm.

Click the cover image to view each report:

 Front Cover - Sustain FY16 Front Cover - Sustain FY15 Front Cover - Sustain FY14 Front Cover - Sustain FY13 Front Cover - Sustain FY12 Front Cover - Sustain FY11 Front Cover - Sustain FY10

Maddocks Foundation

The Maddocks Foundation provides annual grants to Australian charitable organisations to support projects and programs in the communities in which we live and work. Grants are awarded by the Maddocks Foundation in June each year in the following priority areas:

  • General and Mental Health, and Medical Research
  • Welfare and Human Rights
  • Environment and Energy
  • Family and Local Communities

Maddocks Foundation supports projects that are of particular interest to the firm, and our people. As such, each application must be sponsored by a Maddocks partner or employee.

Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA)

Maddocks is a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA). Members work collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. The collaborative and inclusive approach facilitates the development of best practice sustainability guidelines for the Australian legal sector.

You can download the 2017 AusLSA report.

Members of AusLSA commit to the AusLSA Principles, which includes a commitment to environmental reporting using the Environmental Consumption Calculator. The aim is to encourage members to measure, monitor and reduce their environmental consumption. The AusLSA Environment Consumption Report is not intended to provide a competitive framework whereby firms reproduce data and compare footprints. The size and structure of each firm has a significant impact on their footprint: larger firms, with multiple locations and a diverse client base tend, unsurprisingly, to have larger environmental footprints on a per capita basis.

The AusLSA provides a collaborative environment where all Australian law firms are encouraged to join and contribute to improving the sustainability of the Australian legal industry.