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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

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

Latest News

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

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.