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

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

Maddocks appointed to Commonwealth Government legal services panel August 19, 2019

Monday 19 August 2019 The strong growth of Maddocks in Canberra has been given a further boost by the firm’s appointment to the new Commonwealth Legal Services Panel. The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department announced the successful … Continued

Latest Article

Can you avoid an arbitration agreement for ‘convenience? August 22, 2019

Disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects typically involve multiple contractual relationships, often triggering separate disputes between principal and head contractor, principal and superintendent and head contractor and subcontractor (amongst others). While the most efficient … 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