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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

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

In good hands: Maddocks advises on physio business acquisition April 11, 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Maddocks has advised Zenitas Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of the Agewell Physiotherapy business. Agewell is a mobile physiotherapy provider servicing residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and communities in New … Continued

Latest Article

The right to use plans prepared by a design consultant: the devil is in the detail April 11, 2018

When a design consultant (such as an architect or engineer) brings their plans or designs into material form, copyright will usually subsist in those documents as an artistic work. The designer owns that copyright unless … Continued

Maria Marshall Partner

Background

Maria is an experienced advocate in the Planning and Environment jurisdiction, appearing both in VCAT matters and before Planning Panels Victoria.  She has developed an expertise in large EES matters through working on the hazardous waste facility case in Mildura, a boat ramp facility in East Gippsland and the desalination plant in Wonthaggi. Maria worked for three years as a senior policy adviser to John Thwaites, MLA, Victorian Minister for Health and Minister for planning from 2000 – 2003. In May 2012, Maria was made a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.

Recognition

  • Ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Planning and Environment Law in 2016 – 2018.
  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide 2016 as a Leading Planning & Environment Lawyer.
  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide 2015 as a Leading Planning & Environment Lawyer.

Legal Expertise

  • Administrative law
  • Land acquisition and compensation
  • Litigation
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Town planning

Relevant Experience

  • Advising and appearing as an advocate on behalf of local government authorities in the planning list of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal.
  • Acting for local government authorities in applications for interlocutory and permanent injunctions, in the Supreme Court and, on appeal in the Victorian Court of Appeal and the High Court.
  • Acting for acquiring authorities and claimants in relation to land acquisition and compensation matters, including contested matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria and at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
  • Advising government authorities on whether proposed course of action are within power and defending authorities against allegations of acting outside their powers, including Supreme Court proceedings.