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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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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

Mark Hayes Partner and Sector Leader - Local Government VIC

Background

Mark is an acknowledged authority on the legislation and common law principles particular to local government, and has more general expertise in the areas of administrative law, contract law and the law of torts. He has been involved in a number of landmark cases and has been at the forefront in advising Victorian councils on issues arising from the post-restructuring environment.

Mark has developed strong bonds with leaders in government, with a client base that includes metropolitan, regional and rural councils and other statutory bodies. He lectures on Local Government Law in the postgraduate program at Monash University.

Legal Expertise

  • administrative law generally (including procedural fairness)
  • contracts and government tendering
  • Councillor conduct
  • drafting of subordinate legislation and other instruments
  • elections
  • freedom of information
  • information privacy
  • legislative interpretation
  • Ombudsman and other investigations
  • outsourcing
  • probity auditing
  • protected disclosures
  • tort generally (including defamation)
  • valuations and rates

Relevant Experience

  • Advising various State Government departments and agencies and most Victorian councils on issues of legislative interpretation and governance.
  • Representing Victorian councils in the High Court in litigation over the rateability of telecommunication cables, in the Victorian Supreme Court in litigation over the rateability of gas pipelines and in the Victorian County Court in litigation over the rateability of advertising signs on CityLink.
  • Representing Knox City Council in the High Court, in a case concerned with reasonably apprehended bias.
  • Representing the Department of Treasury and Finance in two major Freedom of Information Applications for Review (concerning the Longford Gas Explosion, and Eastlink).
  • Preparing contracts for a range of public sector clients, including contracts relating to Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Airport and various Commonwealth Games sites.