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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.

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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

Energy prices are too high: can nothing be done to bring them down? September 8, 2017

On Tuesday 5 September 2017, Maddocks hosted a presentation and panel discussion by the Grattan Institute focusing on the topical issue of energy prices – particularly, the fact that prices are rising and mechanisms that can … Continued

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ACCC launches first B2B unfair contract terms action September 12, 2017

On 6 September 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against one of Australia’s largest privately-owned waste management companies, JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd. This case is … Continued

Frances Hall Special Counsel

Background

Frances has extensive experience in building regulation advice, litigation and prosecutions for local government, state government and corporate clients, on protection works disputes, BCA and Building Act compliance issues and other regulatory issues.  In addition, she carries out litigation and provides advice to other regulators and government departments.

Legal expertise

  • Building regulation advice for corporate and government clients.
  • Protection works advice and disputes.
  • Building regulation litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Statutory and local government prosecutions.
  • Disciplinary inquiries.
  • Administrative and regulatory law.
  • Statutory interpretation.
  • Local and state government advice.

Relevant Experience

Litigation and prosecutions

  • Supreme Court litigation regarding protection works issues
  • Extensive litigation and arbitration on behalf of a statutory body involving complex issues of statutory interpretation.
  • Appearing before the Magistrates Court in statutory prosecutions.

Building regulation

  • Conducting audits of local council building departments to advise on legislative compliance and risk management.
  • Redrafting complex rules for a statutory body administering legislation.
  • Advice to the Building Commission (now VBA) regarding the application of the new building regulations regarding bushfire protection in high risk areas.
  • Appearing as Counsel assisting in Building Practitioners’ Board inquiries into registered building practitioners.
  • Instructing in Supreme Court proceedings regarding application of the Building Act to building practitioners whose registration has been suspended.
  • Advice to the Building Commission (now VBA) regarding suggested legislative changes to the regulation of private building surveyors.
  • Appearing before the Magistrates Court in prosecutions of building practitioners and other local government prosecutions.
  • Provision of detailed advices to local governments regarding interpretation of building regulation legislation and duty of care issues.
  • Preparation of lengthy and detailed manual on interpretation and enforcement of Victorian rooming house laws.

Government

  • Advising DEECD on issues of statutory interpretation and enforcement.
  • Drafting policy submission on legislative reform for submission to Cabinet.

Other

  • Pro bono advocacy and advice work in the mental health and senior’s rights sectors.