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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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Construction and Projects special counsel joins Maddocks January 17, 2018

17 January 2018 Maddocks has appointed Sefton Warner as a special counsel in the firm’s Construction and Projects team. Sefton brings to Maddocks extensive front-end construction projects experience, having worked on a number of major … Continued

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2017: In Review – The biggest tech trends and events of the year January 17, 2018

2017 has been another frenetic and significant year for the technology sector. In keeping with Commvault and Maddocks’ joint mission to deliver you practical guidance, our end of year wrap-up highlights the most significant technology … Continued

James Smart Partner and Sector Leader - State Government VIC

Background

James provides a broad range of commercial and administrative law advice to government departments and statutory authorities. He has drafted and negotiated many significant contracts for the purchase of products and services by government. James also regularly advises on procurement and contract management issues, statutory interpretation and compliance with legislation.

James’ experience over 19 years has allowed him to develop a keen understanding of what is important in large government projects. He enjoys finding strategic and practical solutions to issues in contract drafting, contract management and governance frameworks. He understands how to manage relationships between key stakeholders and how to co-ordinate multiple parties in purchasing decisions.

James regularly presents papers at industry conferences on topics including procurement, IT and communications contracts and managing contractual performance.  He also conducts regular training sessions for his clients.

Legal Expertise

  • Administrative law
  • Contract law
  • Government tendering and procurement
  • Information Technology and Intellectual Property

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for a number of Victoria’s emergency service organisations in the various Statewide Integrated Public Safety Communications Strategy (SIPSaCS) projects which include the $190 million Metropolitan Mobile Radio project, the $170 million Mobile Data Network project and the $120 million Emergency Alerting System project.
  • Drafting and negotiating the contract for the provision of calltaking and dispatch services to Victoria’s emergency service organisations.
  • Acting for a government body in a multimillion dollar project involving the access to and use of optic fibre cable (OFC) in Victoria that is owned by a government corporation and private companies.
  • Drafting and negotiating a number of multimillion dollar contracts for the procurement by government organisations of significant items of technology including data warehouse and business intelligence technology, electronic document and records management systems and a system allowing instant recording and inquiry functions for various types of accidents and other incidents.
  • Drafting and negotiating a large number of service level agreements for the provision of IP&T services, including for IP telephony, use of various items of software and systems and interfaces between systems.