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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

Michelle Dixon Partner and CEO

Background

Michelle was appointed as CEO following 18 years at the firm, including 13 years as a partner and a period as leader of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Litigation team. She works with the Board and partnership to set and deliver the strategic direction for the firm. Under Michelle’s leadership, Maddocks has continued to grow and lead the way on issues such as gender equality and diversity. During her time as CEO, Maddocks has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equity Agency. Michelle was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015. In 2016, Michelle was awarded the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

Michelle is a strong advocate for the progression of women into  leadership. She is an ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equity Agency’s (WGEA) ‘In Your Hands’ initiative for pay equity.

As a litigation partner, Michelle has worked in a wide range of disputes with a particular focus on corporations matters, competition claims and trusts disputes. She has also acted in a number of disputes involving administrative and constitutional law issues.

Michelle has acted in proceedings before both State and Federal Courts, the High Court, before specialist tribunals, in Royal Commissions and in a range of arbitrations. She regularly acts in urgent matters involving injunction hearings, including for search and freezing orders. Her experience spans both private sector companies, as well as public sector clients, including government departments, state-owned businesses and statutory authorities.

Legal Expertise

Commercial litigation in the areas of:

  • Equity/Trusts
  • Corporations Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Property
  • Regulatory Disputes
  • Torts

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for government respondents to Constitutional law proceedings commenced by Optus and Telstra challenging rates levied on their infrastructure in the Federal Court and the High Court.
  • Acting in cartel investigations and proceedings commenced by the ACCC.
  • Acted for Australia’s regulator of the .au domain name space in numerous consumer protection proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Investigations and advice for a major Australian corporation in relation to claims against former directors. Investigations included tracing funds through offshore investment trusts.
  • Acted in the defence of a class action brought on behalf of more than 800 residents’ in group action claims of negligence and nuisance against a major municipal authority.
  • Acting for a mortgage aggregator in complex proceedings relating to a corporate restructure and sale of part of the business to Macquarie Bank Limited.
  • Acting for an Australian manufacturer in complex Federal Court proceedings involving allegations of breach of non-compete clauses and breaches of the Australian Competition and Consumer Law.

Recognition

  • Listed by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyer in 2016.
  • Listed as a leading Litigation lawyer in Best Lawyers from 2014 – 2018
  • Michelle is recommended for Dispute Resolution in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014, 2013 and 2012 rankings: ‘Maddocks’ five-partner commercial disputes team provides ‘first-class service’.
  • Maddocks’ Michelle Dixon is ‘a very good and well organised litigator’, with wide experience of commercial and regulatory disputes. Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2011 edition.