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Advising on tech company IPOs July 6, 2018

Silicon Valley-based technology company Pivotal Systems launched an initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 2 July 2018. The IPO raised $53.5 million, placing the value of the specialist … Continued

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Maddocks acts on major mining acquisition July 17, 2018

Tuesday 17 July 2018 Law firm Maddocks has advised Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd (CMC) on its purchase of 100 percent of Benagerie Gold Pty Ltd, which holds the Benagerie mining lease, from Havilah … Continued

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NSW Crown land reforms have commenced – what do local councils need to know? July 18, 2018

The majority of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2018. The Act significantly reforms the use and management of Crown land in NSW. This article provides an overview of the key reforms, … 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.