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Advising on complex water infrastructure projects for local government September 12, 2018

Parkes Shire Council made the decision to replace its 80-year-old water treatment facility as it was nearing its capacity to properly service residents. The Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program saw the replacement of the … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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New Federal Court decision calls into question relevance of internal legal advice to AAT reviews September 18, 2018

On 3 August 2018, Justice Bromwich of the Federal Court handed down his decision in Commissioner of Taxation v ACN 154 520 199 Pty Ltd (in liq) (formerly EBS & Associates Pty Ltd) [2018] FCA … Continued

Environmental Management Systems: what boards can learn from the Banking Royal Commission

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has exposed remarkable failures in risk management, compliance and culture that have claimed the careers of a number of senior managers and directors and seen the threat of litigation. The underlying issues are not unique to the world of finance.

Management systems, including environmental management systems, are multifaceted systems in which people operate. One weakness may undermine the effectiveness of the whole system. For organisations struggling with repeated incidents and near misses, it is tempting to think that there needs to be a focus on one thing. Often that one thing is the rhetoric of ‘zero tolerance’ compliance. Often it is training. Sometimes it is culture. At the time of writing, the newspapers are carrying headlines such as ‘coaching is the key’ in response to the Banking Royal commission.

Partner and Chairman, Patrick Ibbotson shares his detailed summary on Environmental Management Systems: what boards can learn from the Banking Royal Commission.

 

AUTHORS
  Patrick Ibbotson | Partner
Tel +61 2 9291 6169
E patrick.Ibbotson@maddocks.com.au

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has exposed remarkable failures in risk management, compliance and culture that have claimed the careers of a number of senior managers and directors and seen the threat of litigation. The underlying issues are not unique to the world of finance.

Management systems, including environmental management systems, are multifaceted systems in which people operate. One weakness may undermine the effectiveness of the whole system. For organisations struggling with repeated incidents and near misses, it is tempting to think that there needs to be a focus on one thing. Often that one thing is the rhetoric of ‘zero tolerance’ compliance. Often it is training. Sometimes it is culture. At the time of writing, the newspapers are carrying headlines such as ‘coaching is the key’ in response to the Banking Royal commission.

Partner and Chairman, Patrick Ibbotson shares his detailed summary on Environmental Management Systems: what boards can learn from the Banking Royal Commission.

 

AUTHORS
  Patrick Ibbotson | Partner
Tel +61 2 9291 6169
E patrick.Ibbotson@maddocks.com.au