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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

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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

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.