Alanna is a Partner in the Commercial team at Maddocks. Alanna is an experienced practitioner who specialises in providing commercial, regulatory, integrity and investigative legal services to public sector and not-for profit clients.
She is a legal, commercial and public administration expert with a strong sense of the client imperative and a track record of providing high quality, pragmatic and strategic legal advice in high value, high risk, or sensitive matters that drives strong client solutions.
She has worked with Victorian Government departments and agencies on high-value, high-risk commercial and regulatory matters, including advisory, investigations, litigation, inquiries, Royal Commissions, prosecutions and administrative law matters.
Alanna's areas of expertise include:
- Commercial contracts, negotiations and transactions
- Regulatory investigations and advice on powers, procedures, compliance and enforcement
- Administrative law and decision-making and associated litigation
- Professional disciplinary investigations and prosecutions
- Integrity investigations, advice and regulation
- Public inquiries and associated litigation
- Public sector governance, entity establishment and restructuring, public sector board advisory, entity powers and privileges
- Statutory interpretation, legislation development and advice
Alanna has significant experience advising public sector entities in relation to energy transition, including regulatory and statutory development and interpretation advisory, leading major energy transition projects, and assisting with commercial transactions and advisory.
Alanna has a strong understanding of the energy regulatory framework in Australia and provides clients with statutory interpretation and development advice in relation to this complex and rapidly evolving area of law. Some notable examples of her experience include the Victorian Renewable Energy Target scheme, the Victorian Desalination Project, and the CarbonNet project.
Alanna has a special interest in emergency management and crisis response. She has an in-depth working knowledge of the Victorian and Australian legislative and operational frameworks that govern health and natural disaster emergencies, and provides statutory interpretation advice on complex areas of regulatory law, along with the governance framework that supports the sector.
Alanna also has experience acting in relation to intergovernmental agreements, commercial transactions, contracts and emergency incident response to support emergency management frameworks.
Alanna has acted for public sector entities in relation to COVID-19 advice and litigation and led the State response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disasters, and often acts for emergency management sector clients in relation to inquiries, legislative and framework issues, and intergovernmental arrangements.
Alanna is skilled at leading legal advice and other services to facilitate the delivery of major projects.
Bringing together her project management skills, commercial advisory and legal skills, Alanna has significant experience in advising numerous Victorian major projects and mega legal matters, including the Victorian Desalination Project, Melbourne Metro, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target Project, major road and freeway projects, along with being the legal lead for the Victorian State Government response to numerous Royal Commissions and public inquiries.
Regulatory and statutory development and interpretation advice
Alanna is a specialist in statutory development and interpretation, having provided advice to many public agencies on the establishment, operation, and powers under legislation, along with the interaction of legislation with interstate, Commonwealth, and international legislation and law.
Alanna regularly presents to national audiences on statutory interpretation.
Commercial advice and transactions
Alanna provides commercial and administrative law advice to government in relation to major commercial negotiations and transactions including the sale of Heyfield Mill and Snowy Hydro, along with other significant commercial deals.