"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. In August 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined the challenges facing the public service over the next three years, which included reducing costs, enhancing performance and increasing collaboration.
Maddocks is proud to work closely with our Commonwealth Government clients to assist them in delivering services while maintaining high levels of transparency, productivity and value for the public funds they use.
Our experience and breadth of legal talent in Canberra saw us appointed in August 2019 to all six categories of the Commonwealth Whole of Government Legal Services Panel, and all but two of the 28 divisions within those categories.
With such scalable, complex and evolving demands – our Commonwealth clients seek clear, concise legal advice. Our lawyers work across:
Workplace, Industrial Relations and Compensation
Corporate & Commercial
Property & Environment
Legal Support Services
We understand 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:
- assisting Finance (and the DTA) to prepare and negotiate whole-of-Australian government agreements with SAP and IBM. This has included preparing and negotiating the head agreements with these vendors as well as the specific modules for the various services available under those agreements
- advising the on the End User Support Services, resulting in a series of agreements as part of Defence’s EUSS arrangements.
- advising on the Visa Reform Project, including the current Request for Tender process being undertaken for a provider to co-design with the Department a global digital platform to support the Department’s sovereign core business of delivering Australia’s visa and citizenship system.
- advising on procurement law and policy relevant to decisions about the future of its major academic services agreement.
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-focused 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 stick to our quotes
- being easy to work with – it is important to us that we work collaboratively with our clients in developing a solution.
Awards and Recognition
- Member – Institute of Public Administration Australia; National Press Club; National Property Council of Australia
- Sponsor of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Canberra
- 2019 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards – Government Partner of the Year (Simonetta Astolfi)
Chambers Asia 2019
Maddocks is ranked in the following areas: Construction; Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions; Employment; Environment; Government; Real Estate; Restructuring and insolvency; Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT); IT and Telecommunications.
- Simonetta Astolfi is ranked in Government
- Caroline Atkins is ranked in Government, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT); IT and Telecommunications
- Anthony Willis is ranked in Government, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT); IT and Telecommunications
- Brendan Coady is ranked in Competition and Trade, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT); IT and Telecommunications
- Bruce Heddle is ranked in Employment
- Patrick Ibbotson is ranked in Environment; Government
- Andrew Chapman is ranked in Construction,
- Mark Henry is ranked in Government
Best Lawyers 2020
- Katherine Armytage – Government Practice
- Simonetta Astolfi – Government Practice; Regulatory Practice; Corporate/Governance Practice
- Caroline Atkins – Government Practice; Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Law; Outsourcing Law
- Anthony Willis – Government Practice; Information Technology Law
- Gavan Mackenzie – Government Practice
- Ian Temby – Government Practice
- Ron Smooker – Corporate/Government Practice; Energy Law; Commercial Law
- Katherine Armytage – Government Practice
- Ron Smooker – Corporate/Governance Practice; Energy Law
- Mark Henry – Government Practice; Public Law
- Andrew Chapman – Construction/Infrastructure Law
- David Laidlaw – Litigation
- Greg Badcock – Real Property Law
- Patrick Ibbotson – Government Practice; Land Use and Zoning Law; Planning and Environmental Law; Water Law
- Michael Winram – Planning and Environmental Law
- Pria O’Sullivan – Government Practice; Real Property Law
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