About Us

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 major deals in the technology sector March 21, 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn) is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia. The nbn will connect Australian homes and businesses to a faster broadband landline and internet network by 2020. Maddocks … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks advises Swinburne University of Technology on $118 million online education deal March 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Maddocks has advised Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) on a deal that will see SEEK (ASX:SEK) purchase a greater stake in Online Education Services, a joint venture between the university and … Continued

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For want of a comma, the case was lost…or when style becomes substance March 27, 2017

The United States case of O’Connor v Oakhurst Dairy handed down on 13 March 2017, dubbed the ‘$10 million comma case’, highlights the importance of punctuation and the legal consequences that can flow on from … Continued

History

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.

Our 71 partners work with more than 550 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.