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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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Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton November 24, 2017

Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

Annette Eastman Special Counsel

Background

Annette has been a lawyer for over 20 years and has extensive experience in regulatory issues, litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the Construction and Engineering sector. Recently her practice has focused on prosecution enforcement and administrative law with an emphasis on building regulatory matters. Previously at the Victorian Bar from 1993 to 1996, Annette is able to use her advocacy experience when appearing before the Courts and statutory bodies. Annette’s previous work experience included litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sector and, prior to joining the Victorian Bar, working as an associate to a Supreme Court judge.

Legal Expertise

  • Building regulation
  • Prosecution
  • Disciplinary inquiries
  • Administrative law
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Local government
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

Relevant Experience

Annette’s experience includes:

  • Conducting prosecutions for government clients including Victorian Building Authority, Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and local government. Broad experience in assessing and advising on evidence and drafting charges for offences under various Acts
  • Appearing as Counsel assisting before the Building Practitioners’ Board (BPB) on inquiries into the conduct of registered practitioners
  • Acting for ARBV on complaints, disciplinary inquiries and Board’s powers, procedures and functions
  • Preparing disputes for trial and mediation, including pleadings, witness statements and position papers, and liaising with experts and witnesses for the conduct of litigation.
  • Acting on behalf of Department of Education and Training (DET) in a building dispute, including liaising with experts and preparing matter for mediation.
  • Providing advice to Councils on potential litigation
  • Providing training to Board Members on their powers and functions in relation to disciplinary matters
  • Providing training to local and state government authorised officers in relation to all aspects of an investigation – including from exercising investigative powers and interviewing through to brief preparation and giving evidence in Court and Tribunal proceedings
  • Involvement in preparing a manual on the powers and functions of BPB when hearing disciplinary matters
  • Acting in judicial review proceedings
  • Involvement in appeals to BPB on behalf of BPB and local government
  • Involvement with VCAT proceeding on behalf of DET on suspension of approval to operate a family day care service.