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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

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Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … 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.