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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

Simonetta Astolfi Canberra Partner in Charge, Sector Leader - Commonwealth

Background

Simonetta is Partner-in-Charge of the Maddocks Canberra office. She advises Commonwealth Government clients primarily as well as private sector clients.  Her practice covers corporate, governance, commercial, FOI, statutory interpretation, administrative law and regulatory decision-making, procurement and probity.

Simonetta has been ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the categories of Corporate/Governance and Government from 2011-2018, and in the category of Regulatory Practice from 2014-2018. She was also named Best Lawyers 2016 ACT Lawyer of the Year for Corporate/Governance. Simonetta has been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific for Government in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and she has been ranked as a leading Corporate, Commercial & Procurement Lawyer in Canberra in the 2017 Doyle’s Guide.

Legal expertise

  • Government.
  • Corporate, governance and commercial.
  • Probity, procurement and grant programs.
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy.
  • Administrative law and regulatory decision-making.
  • Statutory interpretation and legislation development.

Relevant experience

  • Acting as probity adviser on a range of procurements (including infrastructure and construction projects,  large grant programs and whole of government processes), outsourcings, scoping studies and panels for clients such as the Commonwealth Department of Finance; the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; the Department of the Environment; and the Department of Defence.
  • Advising and assisting with the establishment of public sector bodies corporate (including statutory authorities) and private sector companies, and advising on applicable regulatory frameworks and best practice corporate governance.
  • Advising on defensible decision-making including in regulatory and urgent operational contexts for clients, including show cause notices; drafting statements of reasons; and on delegations and authorisations.
  • Advising both public and private sector clients on the processing and submission of FOI requests, including the application of applicable FOI legislation, and undertaking or responding to, third party consultation processes.