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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

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Maddocks appoints leading energy and resources partner November 19, 2019

Tuesday 19 November 2019 Maddocks has appointed one of Australia’s leading energy and resources lawyers. Peter Limbers will be joining Maddocks as a partner in Sydney in early 2020. Peter is widely recognised as one … Continued

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Is your franchise network now liable to pay payroll tax? December 6, 2019

If, as part of your franchise network, you are a franchisor that performs the administrative function of collecting fees directly from customers that are mutual to you and your franchisees and you remit the balance … Continued

Corporate Social Responsibility

The latest edition of Sustain, our annual summary of our corporate social responsibility initiatives, is now available.

Download Sustain FY18.

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 a signatory to the National Aspirational Pro Bono Target administered by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The aspirational target is 35 hours per year per full time lawyer.

We are also 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 an annual edition of Sustain which captures all aspects of sustainability throughout the firm.

The latest edition, Sustain FY18, is now available for download.

Click the cover image to view each report:

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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.