"They are brilliant. They have been really committed to the client and are very good with the technical legal advice but also have a very valuable commercial approach."
—Client feedback in Chambers Asia 2017
"I believe that I have access to the best and most strategic advice."
—Client feedback in Chambers Asia 2017
The way people learn is changing. Student demographics have shifted, and locally we are realising the appeal of Australia as a destination for global learning. Against an evolving landscape, our clients tell us of the importance of securing sustainable funding, the potential impact of de-regulation of university fees and how university commercial arrangements may be regulated, and developing ways to deliver new and innovative offerings that meet the needs of the market for higher education.
Changes to course delivery and the introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has resulted in stakeholders looking for success by reducing reliance on government support, and building the commercial appeal of our institutions.
With us, you can expect innovative and considered legal advice across the following areas:
- asset acquisition and divestment
- commercial/contract law
- competition and consumer law
- construction, projects, property and leasing
- corporate structures and joint ventures
- dispute resolution, mediation and litigation
- employment and industrial relations law
- workplace and occupational health and safety
- governance, intellectual property, privacy and FOI
- planning and environment
- research and grant agreements and arrangements
- regulatory, legislative and compliance
You need lawyers who understand the impacts of potential deregulation, evolution of the student experience and the unique needs of institutions operating in both the tertiary and vocational sectors.
In the higher education sector, universities are being challenged on many fronts. They are being asked to be more efficient, to differentiate, to improve the student experience and produce ‘work ready’ graduates, alongside world class research.
Here is a sample of where we have helped our education clients:
- advising universities on dual sector and third party provider agreements and ensuring compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
- advising on both sides of transactions involving research and grant agreements and arrangements
- preparing tender documentation, drafting contracts, procurement and advising on commercial and legal risk, as well as strategies to manage contractual relationships to minimise that risk
- advising universities and other higher education providers on numerous construction and infrastructure projects.
Our professionals make it their business to stay current across changes in education. In many cases, we are at the forefront of these changes, working closely with universities and other education providers to set new pathways to an innovative, sustainable community.
Hit a snag? Our lawyers will provide calm, considered advice to point you in the right direction. Our advice comes to you in clear, concise delivery, and where possible we will give you a range of options and present the associated risks to bring you to action, quicker.
Awards and recognition
Best lawyers 2017
- Andrew Chapman – Construction/Infrastructure
- Angela Wood – Health & Aged Care; Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
- Bronwyn Badcock – Real Property
- Bruce Heddle – Employee Benefits Law; Labour and employment; Occupational Health & Safety
- David Laidlaw – Litigation
- David Newman – Insolvency and reorganisation
- Gina Wilson – Litigation
- Jeff Goodall – Information Technology
- Lucille Scomazzon – Health & Aged Care; Not for Profit/Charities; Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
- Michelle Dixon – Litigation
- Ron Smooker – Commercial; Energy; Mergers and Acquisitions
Chambers Asia 2017
- Maddocks is ranked in the following areas: Construction; Corporate and M&A; Employment; Environment; Government; Real Estate; Restructuring and insolvency; Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT); IT and Telecommunications
- Andrew Chapman is ranked in Construction
- Ron Smooker is ranked in Corporate and M&A
- Bruce Heddle is ranked in Employment
- David Newman is ranked in Restructuring and Insolvency
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016/17
Recognised for the following areas:
- Corporate and M&A
- Dispute Resolution
- Intellectual property
- Real estate
- Restructuring and Insolvency
- Workplace, Health and Safety
Doyle’s Guide 2016/17
Recommended for the following areas:
- Employment – NSW, VIC
- Commercial Litigation – ACT
- Construction – NSW
- Work Health & Safety – VIC
- Planning & Environment – NSW, VIC
- Environment – VIC
- Property & Real Estate – ACT, NSW, VIC
- Insolvency & Reconstruction – VIC
- Corporate, Commercial & Procurement – ACT
- Corporate – VIC
- Taxation – VIC