About Us

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 global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

Latest Article

Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

Melanie Olynyk Partner

Background

Melanie has extensive experience acting for government clients, including local government, state government and statutory authorities.  She specialises in governance and administrative law, and has appeared or instructed in numerous proceedings before VCAT and the Supreme Court in a range of areas, including freedom of information, privacy and valuations.

Melanie was ranked by the 2010 member survey of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association as one of Australia’s “A team of great lawyers”.

Legal Expertise

  • Freedom of Information and privacy
  • Contracts, tendering and probity
  • Delegations and authorisations
  • Statutory interpretation (including local laws)
  • Whistle-blowers protection
  • Local laws
  • Liability and risk management
  • Councillor Conduct Panels
  • National Competition Policy (including competition and consumer law)
  • Valuations and rating

Relevant Experience

  • Freedom of information and privacy appeals at VCAT for state government, local government and statutory authorities
  • Training on governance, record-keeping, freedom of information and privacy for council staff and councillors
  • Management of Delegations and Authorisations Service for Local Government
  • Management of Competition and Consumer Compliance Program for Local Government
  • Drafting tender documents, contracts and funding agreements for councils, and advising on tendering and contractual matters
  • Valuation appeals involving councils and the Valuer-General