Established in 1885, Maddocks sprouted from the boom years of the late 19th century – a time when gold brought prosperity and architectural grandeur to Melbourne.
Joe Maddock and Arthur Johnson founded the firm on 1 August 1885 at the height of Melbourne’s land boom as a small legal partnership servicing clients from an office on the corner of Collins and Queen Streets.
For much of the twentieth century, Maddocks was dominated by two families – the Lonies and Chisholms – and was known as Maddock Lonie & Chisholm from 1940. The firm survived the depression of the 1930s and the mergers of the 1980s to reposition itself in the 1990s as a modern and sophisticated law practice which, in 2002, expanded to Sydney and by then numbered 200 people.
Fast forward to 2012 – we opened a Canberra office to service a growing list of Commonwealth clients, making Maddocks a truly national firm.
We’re now ranked as one of Australia’s top twenty law firms. Our 67 partners work with more than 450 people across our Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney locations.
Whilst we aim to expand our practice and extend our services, we remain focused on our clients, who are the cornerstone of our firm.