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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

Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Back to the future? Five key legal considerations for developers when dealing with industrial sites November 17, 2017

As Melbourne continues to grow with increasing density, the complexities surrounding the interface of industrial precincts with adjoining residential development sites also continue to grow. That issue was put into real context following the recent … 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.