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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

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Back to the future? Five key legal considerations for developers when dealing with industrial sites November 17, 2017

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Commonwealth

Welcome to our new partners Anthony Willis, Caroline Atkins and Gavan Mackenzie who have joined our Canberra office from DLA Piper, along with 10 lawyers and support staff.

Anthony is a leading government commercial and contracting lawyer, having advised on some of Australia’s largest commercial and government transactions and disputes.

Caroline is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best technology and intellectual property lawyers with extensive experience in Commonwealth Government procurement and contracting, including involvement in whole-of-government ICT procurement since the early 1990s.

Gavan Mackenzie practices in the areas of information and technology outsourcing, government procurement and commercial law. Gavan has developed an outstanding reputation for his work with government on information and technology outsourcing, government procurement and commercial law.

These appointments build on Maddocks’ strong reputation in Canberra for the work we do in the areas of procurement, probity, disputes and administration law. The addition of Anthony, Caroline and Gavan and their team augments our offering with market-leading experience in whole-of-government ICT procurement and contracting, intellectual property and general commercial law.

To read more, click here.


The Commonwealth environment evolves year in, year out. Election cycles, changes in government and policy, and macro-influence all impact the continuity of projects and agendas. The deregulation agenda is driving requirements on our clients to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance performance. Clients tell us that the issues of probity, transparency, obtaining value for the public funds they use, productivity, and a transitioning workforce all shape the way they approach each day.

With such scalable, complex and evolving demands – our Commonwealth clients seek clear, concise legal advice. Our lawyers work across:

  • Administrative law and defensible decision-making
  • Contracting and procurement
  • Disputes, litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Employment and Workplace Health & Safety
  • FOI/Privacy
  • ICT
  • Property
  • Probity and governance
  • Regulation
  • Risk, compliance and enforcement
  • Royal Commissions and Inquiries
  • Statutory interpretation.

We hang our hat on a deep understanding of the challenges and competing priorities faced by government in executing its responsibilities and obligations. Our track record reflects significant matters across all areas of the Commonwealth, including:

  • probity adviser on significant projects such as the procurement of a new icebreaker shipping capability for the Australian Antarctic Division, employment services outsourcing and major procurement projects in the health sector and whole of Commonwealth services
  • the development of a risk-based compliance and enforcement strategy for federal regulators and advising Commonwealth agencies on the management of internal compliance obligations
  • advising on the establishment of bilateral agreements with the states and territories in relation to environmental approvals
  • conducting a broad range of government litigation and dispute resolution, including civil penalty litigation, administrative law and commercial disputes.

Our firm is committed to government, and our Commonwealth practice is led by lawyers based in Canberra. They each have significant experience advising and acting for Commonwealth agencies. Most of them have also worked in Commonwealth agencies. This means we understand how you operate, your needs beyond strict legal issues, and the support your teams require from their external lawyers. Our lawyers in Canberra are backed by our Sydney and Melbourne based teams who offer a great depth of knowledge in acting for all levels of government.

Our people are experts in administrative law, litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, corporate law, property, procurement and contracting, probity and regulatory and compliance advice. Our long-standing relationships with Commonwealth clients are built on:

  • providing practical, pragmatic and responsive advice – expect concise, solutions-focussed advice, and manage turnaround times to align with your expectations
  • excellent value for money – we understand the importance of using taxpayer funds appropriately, and the costs pressures and internal approvals processes to which Commonwealth agencies are subject; we scope accurately and manage the matter to ensure that we are able to stick to our quotes
  • being easy to work with – it is important to us that we are seen as partners in developing a solution for our clients.
Awards and Recognition

Member – Institute of Public Administration Australia: National Press Club

Best lawyers 2017

  • Andrew Chapman – Construction/Infrastructure
  • Bruce Heddle – Employee Benefits Law; Labour and employment; Occupational Health & Safety
  • Catherine Dunlop – Occupational Health & Safety
  • David Laidlaw – Litigation
  • Greg Badcock – Real Property Law
  • Ian Temby – Government
  • Patrick Ibbotson – Water
  • Simonetta Astolfi – Government; Regulatory; Corporate/Governance Practice

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
  • Bruce Heddle is ranked in Employment
  • Patrick Ibbotson is ranked in Environment; Government
  • Simonetta Astolfi is ranked in Government
Links

The Mandarin – public sector news

Welcome to our new partners Anthony Willis, Caroline Atkins and Gavan Mackenzie who have joined our Canberra office from DLA Piper, along with 10 lawyers and support staff.

Anthony is a leading government commercial and contracting lawyer, having advised on some of Australia’s largest commercial and government transactions and disputes.

Caroline is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best technology and intellectual property lawyers with extensive experience in Commonwealth Government procurement and contracting, including involvement in whole-of-government ICT procurement since the early 1990s.

Gavan Mackenzie practices in the areas of information and technology outsourcing, government procurement and commercial law. Gavan has developed an outstanding reputation for his work with government on information and technology outsourcing, government procurement and commercial law.

These appointments build on Maddocks’ strong reputation in Canberra for the work we do in the areas of procurement, probity, disputes and administration law. The addition of Anthony, Caroline and Gavan and their team augments our offering with market-leading experience in whole-of-government ICT procurement and contracting, intellectual property and general commercial law.

To read more, click here.


The Commonwealth environment evolves year in, year out. Election cycles, changes in government and policy, and macro-influence all impact the continuity of projects and agendas. The deregulation agenda is driving requirements on our clients to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance performance. Clients tell us that the issues of probity, transparency, obtaining value for the public funds they use, productivity, and a transitioning workforce all shape the way they approach each day.

With such scalable, complex and evolving demands – our Commonwealth clients seek clear, concise legal advice. Our lawyers work across:

  • Administrative law and defensible decision-making
  • Contracting and procurement
  • Disputes, litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Employment and Workplace Health & Safety
  • FOI/Privacy
  • ICT
  • Property
  • Probity and governance
  • Regulation
  • Risk, compliance and enforcement
  • Royal Commissions and Inquiries
  • Statutory interpretation.

We hang our hat on a deep understanding of the challenges and competing priorities faced by government in executing its responsibilities and obligations. Our track record reflects significant matters across all areas of the Commonwealth, including:

  • probity adviser on significant projects such as the procurement of a new icebreaker shipping capability for the Australian Antarctic Division, employment services outsourcing and major procurement projects in the health sector and whole of Commonwealth services
  • the development of a risk-based compliance and enforcement strategy for federal regulators and advising Commonwealth agencies on the management of internal compliance obligations
  • advising on the establishment of bilateral agreements with the states and territories in relation to environmental approvals
  • conducting a broad range of government litigation and dispute resolution, including civil penalty litigation, administrative law and commercial disputes.

Our firm is committed to government, and our Commonwealth practice is led by lawyers based in Canberra. They each have significant experience advising and acting for Commonwealth agencies. Most of them have also worked in Commonwealth agencies. This means we understand how you operate, your needs beyond strict legal issues, and the support your teams require from their external lawyers. Our lawyers in Canberra are backed by our Sydney and Melbourne based teams who offer a great depth of knowledge in acting for all levels of government.

Our people are experts in administrative law, litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, corporate law, property, procurement and contracting, probity and regulatory and compliance advice. Our long-standing relationships with Commonwealth clients are built on:

  • providing practical, pragmatic and responsive advice – expect concise, solutions-focussed advice, and manage turnaround times to align with your expectations
  • excellent value for money – we understand the importance of using taxpayer funds appropriately, and the costs pressures and internal approvals processes to which Commonwealth agencies are subject; we scope accurately and manage the matter to ensure that we are able to stick to our quotes
  • being easy to work with – it is important to us that we are seen as partners in developing a solution for our clients.
Awards and Recognition

Member – Institute of Public Administration Australia: National Press Club

Best lawyers 2017

  • Andrew Chapman – Construction/Infrastructure
  • Bruce Heddle – Employee Benefits Law; Labour and employment; Occupational Health & Safety
  • Catherine Dunlop – Occupational Health & Safety
  • David Laidlaw – Litigation
  • Greg Badcock – Real Property Law
  • Ian Temby – Government
  • Patrick Ibbotson – Water
  • Simonetta Astolfi – Government; Regulatory; Corporate/Governance Practice

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
  • Bruce Heddle is ranked in Employment
  • Patrick Ibbotson is ranked in Environment; Government
  • Simonetta Astolfi is ranked in Government
Links

The Mandarin – public sector news