Wednesday, 14 June 2017
One of Australia’s leading planning and environment lawyers has been elected the new chairman of Maddocks.
Sydney-based partner Patrick Ibbotson will take over the role on 1 July. Patrick has been a partner at Maddocks since 2010, when he joined the firm from Blake Dawson (now Ashurst), and is also the head of the firm’s NSW State Government sector.
Patrick has specialised in development and environmental issues since 1988 and works with public and private sector clients on a wide range of matters including infrastructure and redevelopment projects, dispute resolution, land access, local government issues and planning law, climate change and environmental law. He is regularly ranked by global legal directories such as Chambers, Best Lawyers, Doyle’s Guide and Legal 500 as one of Australia’s premier planning and environment lawyers.
Patrick will take over from Mark Henry, who has been chairman for the past two years.
Patrick said he was honoured to have been elected to the chairman role.
‘My time at Maddocks has been full of opportunity and growth. Maddocks is a great Australian law firm full of people who really love what they do and who are deeply committed to the firm and its clients.
‘We know we have to continue to provide the highest level of skill, insight, expertise and service and that is what we are going to do.
‘I am looking forward to working with Michelle, the Board and every member of the firm to continue to provide outstanding service and outcomes to our clients and great career opportunities for our people.’
Michelle Dixon, who was recently reappointed as Maddocks CEO for a further three years, congratulated Patrick on his election.
‘Patrick has made an impact on Maddocks as both a lawyer and a leader. The Board and I look forward to working alongside Patrick during what is a period of significant change for law firms.’
Michelle also thanked Mark Henry for his contribution.
‘Mark’s time as chairman coincided with a transformative period for the firm. During his time as chairman, Maddocks has continued to record strong growth, completed a multi-million dollar IT transformation, moved into new offices in Melbourne and made a major play in the Canberra market with the addition of DLA Piper’s Commonwealth Government team.
‘Mark has played a crucial role in setting the firm’s direction over the past two years and I thank him for his contribution.’
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