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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 advises one of the world’s largest duty free companies on Australian market entry January 23, 2019

Law firm Maddocks has advised global duty free company Lotte Duty Free Singapore Pte Ltd, on the aquisition of Australian duty free company JR Duty Free. Under the deal, Lotte Duty Free aquired 100% of … Continued

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Bully no more – Fair Work Commission’s jurisdiction to hear Council anti-bullying application confirmed January 31, 2019

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed a Victorian local council is a ‘constitutionally-covered business’ and thus falls within the stop bullying jurisdiction of the Commission. The decision will have implications for larger Victorian councils regarding … Continued

Government & Administrative Law Blog

  • State election 2018: Now is the time for councils to forward plan

    The Victorian state election for 2018 has been run and resoundingly won by the Labor Party, with Daniel Andrews’ Government expected to hold a majority in both Houses of Parliament. For Victorian councils, the sizeable … Continued

  • Tweets, posts, updates and discipline – navigating social media and disciplinary action

    The issue of employers disciplining employees over social media posts continues to be difficult terrain for everyone to navigate. We have recently seen a Cricket Australia employee dismissed from her role as Tasmanian Government Relations … Continued

  • Submission period for the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) closes soon

    Maddocks clients should be aware that the submission period for the current review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) closes on 29 June. This is an important opportunity to promote national measures to address … Continued

  • Why a Budget approach to declaring rates does not work

    Many Victorian councils are about to consider draft Budgets and authorise their public exhibition.  Following the public exhibition of the draft Budget and the consideration of any submissions a Budget will need to be adopted.  … Continued

  • Lessons from the baggy green

    The ball-tampering saga that besieged the Australian cricket team provides important lessons, not only for those wearing the ‘baggy green’, but also employers carrying out employee misconduct investigations. Many of us were surprised when Cricket … Continued

  • Dealing with elevated lead levels in gardens

    A research paper prepared by RMIT University has assessed lead levels in inner Melbourne residential gardens and community gardens, reporting that up to 21 percent of soils tested had lead levels above applicable Health Investigation … Continued

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle… revenue?

    While most councils will now have applied to fund increased costs of recycling from the Victorian Government’s Temporary Relief Funding Arrangements (TRFA), questions are now being raised about the longer-term effect of those increased costs … Continued

  • Has your council experienced an issue with a domain name?

    Recently, Maddocks successfully acted on behalf of Benalla Rural City Council (Council) to recover two domain names that represented or purported to represent the Benalla Art Gallery. The domain names in question were “benallaartgallery.com.au” and … Continued

  • Have your say on clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions

    Late last year, the Minister for Planning appointed an Advisory Committee (Chair, Lester Townsend and Member, Kathryn Navarro) to review and recommend improvements to land use terms and definitions provided in clause 74 of the … Continued

  • Establishing a panel contract? Don’t forget section 186

    It is becoming increasingly common for councils to seek to establish panels for the procurement of works, goods and services over a contract term. These panel arrangements typically involve: the council seeking tenders from potential … Continued