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.

Learn More

Latest Case

Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appoints special counsel to Property team October 5, 2017

Thursday 5 October 2017 Mike Steell has joined Maddocks as a special counsel in the firm’s Property team. Mike joins Maddocks from Clarendon Lawyers, where he was a director. Before that, he worked in the … Continued

Latest Article

Court of Appeal confirms VCAT decision in Southern Cross case October 20, 2017

The Courts have again confirmed the use of the direct comparison approach is often the most reliable method of valuing what a hypothetical and willing (but not anxious) vendor and purchaser would agree to. This … Continued

Maddocks advises Optus in copper network access matter

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Maddocks has advised telecommunications leader Optus in its successful defence against attempts by Telstra to charge it and other telecommunications companies a higher rate for access to the Telstra copper network.

In a significant win for consumers, the Federal Court today confirmed an earlier decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that Telstra would need to lower the access price paid by rival telcos to access Telstra’s copper network by 9.4 percent.

The Maddocks team on the matter was led by partners Brendan Coady and Norman Lucas.

Brendan said that the ACCC’s original decision hinged on how Telstra was able to recoup costs associated with the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

‘Telstra argued that the unit costs for maintaining the network would increase as less people would be using its network as they migrated to the NBN. This meant that Telstra lost the opportunity to exploit certain economies of scale,’ Brendan said.

‘The ACCC determined – and the Federal Court today has confirmed – that Telstra had the opportunity to be compensated for these costs during its commercial negotiations with NBN Co. and that these costs should not be passed on to other telcos and, ultimately, consumers.’

Editor note:

Maddocks is a proudly independent Australian law firm that works closely with corporations, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally. We advise national and international clients across education, government, infrastructure, healthcare, professional services and technology, from our Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jason Silverii
Communications Manager
Tel: 3 9258 3509
Mobile: 0407 618 058
jason.silverii@maddocks.com.au

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Maddocks has advised telecommunications leader Optus in its successful defence against attempts by Telstra to charge it and other telecommunications companies a higher rate for access to the Telstra copper network.

In a significant win for consumers, the Federal Court today confirmed an earlier decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that Telstra would need to lower the access price paid by rival telcos to access Telstra’s copper network by 9.4 percent.

The Maddocks team on the matter was led by partners Brendan Coady and Norman Lucas.

Brendan said that the ACCC’s original decision hinged on how Telstra was able to recoup costs associated with the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

‘Telstra argued that the unit costs for maintaining the network would increase as less people would be using its network as they migrated to the NBN. This meant that Telstra lost the opportunity to exploit certain economies of scale,’ Brendan said.

‘The ACCC determined – and the Federal Court today has confirmed – that Telstra had the opportunity to be compensated for these costs during its commercial negotiations with NBN Co. and that these costs should not be passed on to other telcos and, ultimately, consumers.’

Editor note:

Maddocks is a proudly independent Australian law firm that works closely with corporations, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally. We advise national and international clients across education, government, infrastructure, healthcare, professional services and technology, from our Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jason Silverii
Communications Manager
Tel: 3 9258 3509
Mobile: 0407 618 058
jason.silverii@maddocks.com.au