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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 appoints next CEO March 31, 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020  Maddocks has appointed David Newman as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer. David is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team and is based in Melbourne. David brings significant … Continued

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Changes to Clerks Award eases burden on employers during COVID-19 March 31, 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has granted an urgent application to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (the Clerks Award), making changes to annual leave, minimum hours and notice requirements. The decision is … Continued

Paul Ellis Special Counsel


Paul has particular expertise in commercial agreements for the supply of goods and/or services, the Personal Property Securities Act 2009, the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and the National Credit Code, the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Consumer Law.

Paul also has substantial experience in the procurement by government departments and agencies of goods and services, the creation, application and operation of delegated legislation, and the administration and management of public justice services. This includes the delivery of justice services in conjunction with other government departments, community organisations and private service providers.

Before joining Maddocks in 2005, Paul was employed for 13 years with the Victorian Department of Justice, principally as a Deputy Registrar in the Victorian Magistrate’s Court, but also as a legislation, policy and project officer for the Department.


  • Consumer Law
  • Credit and Securities Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Government contracts.


  • WEX Australia Pty Ltd – providing corporate advice including on significant financing arrangements, preparing a range of commercial agreements and advises on key aspects of payment systems, financial services and consumer law compliance.
  • MessageMedia – advising on, negotiating and drafting transaction documents for, several significant acquisition transactions.
  • Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation – negotiating and drafting documents relating to key subcontracts connected with the supply, configuration, localisation, implementation, hosting and support of the State’s new infringement, enforcement and warrants system which will be used to process and collect more than $500 million in State revenue annually.
  • Infringement Management and Enforcement Services – managing a team of lawyers representing the Sheriff of Victoria and the Director of Fines in Magistrates’ Court hearings for the enforcement of fines and penalties and advises on enforcement processes.
  • Commonwealth Department of Health – drafting and negotiating the National Diabetes Services Scheme Agreement with Diabetes Australia to facilitate the supply of subsidised products and services to over one million people with diabetes.
  • Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy – advising on various agreements for the provision of complex services, including contracts being extended, varied or terminated.
  • Local government bodies – advising on the procurement of goods and services and the protection of interests from risks associated with contractor insolvency.