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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 and Osborne Clarke advise on toy company acquisition November 26, 2018

Monday 26 November 2018 Law firms Maddocks and Osborne Clarke have advised global toy company Moose Toys on its acquisition of UK toy company Worlds Apart. Under the deal, Moose Toys acquired all of Worlds … Continued

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Managing the Airbnb effect December 14, 2018

With the rise of Airbnb, investors in the residential market have had a greater choice in realising income from their properties. However, unregulated short stay accommodation can prove challenging for owner occupiers in a building, … Continued

Our Executives

Our lawyers are supported by a talented team whose focus is to provide an environment conducive to success.

These bright minds make up our executive group:

Michelle Dixon – Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Michelle is Maddocks’ Chief Executive Officer. She was appointed to the role following 18 years with the firm, including 13 as a partner and a period leading the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Litigation team. She was reappointed for a further three years in 2017. Michelle works with the Board and partnership to set and deliver the strategic direction for the firm. Her career to date has been punctuated by numerous industry awards including being listed as a leading litigation lawyer in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers. She has also been recommended each year for dispute resolution in Asia Pacific Legal 500 – a client guide to the world’s best law firms since 2011. In 2015, Michelle was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and in 2016, she was awarded the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Michelle was also named Executive of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2016.

Michelle is a CEO ambassador for WGEA’s national pay equity campaign.

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Catherine Saliba – Chief Operating Officer

Catherine was welcomed to the Maddocks team in 2006 as Financial Controller, and shortly thereafter undertook the role of Director, Finance. Her remit recently expanded to oversee both Finance and Operations for the firm. Catherine brings to Maddocks a raft of experience in financial management, analysis, and operations, and works closely with her diverse team to deliver surety to our Partners and clients.

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Louise Wilkinson – Director, Business Development, Communications & Marketing

Louise initially joined Maddocks at the turn of the millennium as the Director, Business Development & Marketing. During this period, Louise was part of the leadership team responsible for repositioning the Maddocks brand including the transition from Maddock Lonie & Chisholm to Maddocks as well as embedding a strong client-centric focus across the firm. Opportunities abroad took Louise to Hong Kong, where she led Asia Pacific teams at both a global law firm and one of the world’s ‘Big 4’ accounting firms. In 2013, Louise returned to Maddocks and is responsible for advising the partners in all aspects of the firm’s brand, clients and market facing strategy.

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Bradley Kay – Chief Information Officer

Bradley joined Maddocks in 2017. As CIO, Bradley leads our information technology team and is involved in helping to drive the firm’s innovation strategy. He brings to Maddocks more than 20 years of experience in leading technological change at some of Australia’s leading professional service firms and companies. Immediately before joining Maddocks, Bradley was the CIO at accounting and auditing firm Pitcher Partners. He has also had leadership roles at KPMG and Spotless Group.

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Deborah Stonley – Director, People & Culture

Deborah joined Maddocks in 2018 as Director, People & Culture Director after a significant career leading the People strategy for a major Australian law firm. Deborah is recognised for her work in developing an organisational culture of inclusiveness and as a leader who adds value by partnering with the business to provide progressive HR strategies. She has a strong track record in leading change management programs, developing and implementing remuneration strategies, talent management and succession planning, executive coaching and facilitation.

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