Sound Counsel is Maddocks complimentary information portal, developed for the exclusive use of those working in local government in Victoria. Here you will find helpful legal insights, checklists and other useful information.
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For more than 130 years, our firm has immersed itself in advising Victorian local government. Many of our current team of more than 56 lawyers have worked within councils, providing us with unique insights into the needs and priorities of our council clients across all service areas.
Over the past 12 months, our people have acted for almost all of Victoria’s metropolitan, regional and rural councils, providing advice, advocacy and transactional assistance in areas ranging from administrative law and employment to multi-million dollar property redevelopments.
In helping you deliver quality services to your communities, we provide legal services in the following areas of law:
We appreciate that you work in political and complex environments, making operational and policy decisions that impact directly on your community. The breadth of our expertise and capacity of our team mean we can apply these collective experiences of your sector in tailoring solutions that recognise the unique context of your individual council. Given that councils are increasingly being asked to do more with less, this experience means we can reduce or eliminate your costs of legal research and help ensure rapid and responsive attention is being paid to the issues you raise.
Our commitment to local government means we will always be in your corner.
We are proactively involved in the ongoing development of local government. We work with the Victorian State Government to influence policy and legislative outcomes, using our day-to-day experience with councils to ensure your interests are represented.
Our contribution to, and association with, industry bodies means we are perfectly placed to identify legal trends in the sector and share these with councils the minute they happen.