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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 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

Latest News

Special counsel joins Maddocks in Canberra January 16, 2020

Thursday 16 January 2020 Veena Bedekar has joined Maddocks as a special counsel in the firm’s Canberra office. Veena joined Maddocks this week and will work with the Maddocks Probity and Property teams. She joins … Continued

Latest Article

Too much of the (Apple) pie? – Screen-time apps and misuse of market power January 16, 2020

Apple’s ‘screen-time’ functionality (and similar apps released by other developers) have changed the way we engage with our screens, allowing users to monitor how long they spend every day checking emails, messaging and their use … 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.

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