How can we help?
Maddocks has a strong focus on providing cost-effective legal advice, particularly in potentially lengthy and time-consuming disputes. Expertly conducting our own advocacy is an important part of our cost-management strategy.
In many instances, the same lawyer manages the matter from the taking of instructions through to presenting the case (other than in complex commercial cases). There is usually no need to brief barristers unless the risks or profile of the case demand it. Lower costs and better matter management through enhanced communication are the major benefits for our clients.
Our lawyers conduct their own advocacy across a range of areas with a particular focus on planning appeals and panel hearings, rate and valuation appeals, freedom of information issues, administrative reviews, prosecutions, anti-discrimination and industrial relations.
In addition to appearing at most interlocutory hearings in commercial litigation, the majority of our appearance work is undertaken in the conduct of:
- planning, environment protection, extractive industry and special rates and charges appeals, including the presentation of applications for enforcement orders and other matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- matters before the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (NSW), Australian Human Rights Commission, Industrial Relations Commission (NSW), Fair Work Australia, the Land and Environment Court (NSW), the Transport Appeal Boards (NSW), the Anti-Discrimination List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- matters before the Federal Court of Australia and Local, District and Supreme Courts (NSW)
- hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and at the Liquor Licensing Commission
- appeals and applications for modification before the Building Appeals Board
- appearing at coronial inquests
- attending compulsory ASIC interviews and other meetings or formal processes with regulators.
Our lawyers receive intensive training through the Australian Advocacy Institute, as well as ongoing formal and informal training.