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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

Advising on major deals in the technology sector March 21, 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn) is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia. The nbn will connect Australian homes and businesses to a faster broadband landline and internet network by 2020. Maddocks … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks advises Swinburne University of Technology on $118 million online education deal March 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Maddocks has advised Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) on a deal that will see SEEK (ASX:SEK) purchase a greater stake in Online Education Services, a joint venture between the university and … Continued

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For want of a comma, the case was lost…or when style becomes substance March 27, 2017

The United States case of O’Connor v Oakhurst Dairy handed down on 13 March 2017, dubbed the ‘$10 million comma case’, highlights the importance of punctuation and the legal consequences that can flow on from … Continued

Commonwealth

“Our Commonwealth clients are faced with increasing pressures in a changing environment. Our people have worked within and with government for many years, so we understand the need for astute, pragmatic advice that considers the bigger picture.”

Simonetta Astolfi – Partner and Sector Leader – Commonwealth

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.
Recognition

Member – Institute of Public Administration Australia: National Press Club
Best Lawyers Government – Simonetta Astolfi 2011 – 2014, Ian Temby – 2014, Mark Henry 2011 – 2014, Mark Hayes 2013 – 2014
Best Lawyers Regulatory – Simonetta Astolfi 2014
Best Lawyers Corporate Governance – Simonetta Astolfi 2011-2014

Links

The Mandarin – public sector news

“Our Commonwealth clients are faced with increasing pressures in a changing environment. Our people have worked within and with government for many years, so we understand the need for astute, pragmatic advice that considers the bigger picture.”

Simonetta Astolfi – Partner and Sector Leader – Commonwealth

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.
Recognition

Member – Institute of Public Administration Australia: National Press Club
Best Lawyers Government – Simonetta Astolfi 2011 – 2014, Ian Temby – 2014, Mark Henry 2011 – 2014, Mark Hayes 2013 – 2014
Best Lawyers Regulatory – Simonetta Astolfi 2014
Best Lawyers Corporate Governance – Simonetta Astolfi 2011-2014

Links

The Mandarin – public sector news