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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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Eyes on the prize: Maddocks Art Prize winners announced February 22, 2017

Wednesday 22 February 2017 Two of Australia’s most talented emerging artists have been awarded the 2017 Maddocks Art Prize. James Nguyen and Noriko Nakamura were this week named the winners of the biennial prize, which … Continued

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What you need to know about the ACCC’s 2017 enforcement priorities February 24, 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2017 enforcement priorities are largely in many respects a continuation of their areas of focus from last year, plus a few new industries and issues.  As reported in … 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.

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.