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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

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

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Charities & Not-for-profit

Charities and not-for-profit organisations now operate in an environment where they’re competing against their for-profit counterparts. Consumers come armed with more knowledge than ever and with the expectation that their investment will produce quantifiable results.

With the evaporation of big block funding and hyper-competition for government-allocated vouchers, not-for-profits are exploring options to become more sustainable, whilst building on their existing offerings to the community.

That means there’s a drive for consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, income generation innovation and enhanced governance. The complexities of these operating models means our not-for-profit clients demand a more commercial approach to legal advice.

A diverse client range

The Maddocks Not-for-profit practice advises a wide range of clients in the sector, including:

  • cultural organisations
  • disability services
  • education services
  • environmental organisations
  • health and allied health services
  • medical research organisations
  • overseas aid organisations
  • private clients and philanthropic organisations
  • professional associations
  • social and community services
  • social housing organisations
  • sporting bodies.

Our team comes together to deliver services in:

  • asset protection
  • charity law – including establishment of charities, charity tax concessions and endorsements; training in trustee duties; cy-près applications
  • contracts
  • due diligence
  • employment law
  • government inquiries, investigations, complaints, inquests
  • governance, including drafting and reviewing constitutions, charters, training
  • intellectual property protection including trade marks
  • philanthropy and bequests
  • privacy
  • property and leasing
  • structuring, mergers, social enterprise
  • taxation
  • transmission of business.

The right approach

The evolving market means that success in this space is defined by strong governance and risk management, highly developed systems and structures including robust brand strategy, appropriate levels of transparency and heightened stakeholder engagement.

We can assist you to maximise the benefits associated with mergers and acquisitions, manage risk and help you to understand the new ways in which services are now assessed. We can also evaluate your organisation and provide guidance to secure your future interests.

Understanding

By calling on our professionals, you can expect:

  • empathy for the legal issues, operating environment, and drivers that frame your business
  • advice that considers the context in which you work
  • assistance upstream so that you arrive at an improved model
  • we’ll listen and test assumptions
  • a project plan, yet the agility to predict and respond to changes in the pathway.

Led by Consultant Miriam McDonald, our team will be at hand at any stage of the business process. You’ll feel informed, secure and prepared to counter the challenges that come with such a changing industry.

We regularly host information sharing/learning events focused on the charities and not-for-profit sector. If you would like to know more, click here.

With us, you can concentrate on what you do best – serving your communities.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations now operate in an environment where they’re competing against their for-profit counterparts. Consumers come armed with more knowledge than ever and with the expectation that their investment will produce quantifiable results.

With the evaporation of big block funding and hyper-competition for government-allocated vouchers, not-for-profits are exploring options to become more sustainable, whilst building on their existing offerings to the community.

That means there’s a drive for consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, income generation innovation and enhanced governance. The complexities of these operating models means our not-for-profit clients demand a more commercial approach to legal advice.

A diverse client range

The Maddocks Not-for-profit practice advises a wide range of clients in the sector, including:

  • cultural organisations
  • disability services
  • education services
  • environmental organisations
  • health and allied health services
  • medical research organisations
  • overseas aid organisations
  • private clients and philanthropic organisations
  • professional associations
  • social and community services
  • social housing organisations
  • sporting bodies.

Our team comes together to deliver services in:

  • asset protection
  • charity law – including establishment of charities, charity tax concessions and endorsements; training in trustee duties; cy-près applications
  • contracts
  • due diligence
  • employment law
  • government inquiries, investigations, complaints, inquests
  • governance, including drafting and reviewing constitutions, charters, training
  • intellectual property protection including trade marks
  • philanthropy and bequests
  • privacy
  • property and leasing
  • structuring, mergers, social enterprise
  • taxation
  • transmission of business.

The right approach

The evolving market means that success in this space is defined by strong governance and risk management, highly developed systems and structures including robust brand strategy, appropriate levels of transparency and heightened stakeholder engagement.

We can assist you to maximise the benefits associated with mergers and acquisitions, manage risk and help you to understand the new ways in which services are now assessed. We can also evaluate your organisation and provide guidance to secure your future interests.

Understanding

By calling on our professionals, you can expect:

  • empathy for the legal issues, operating environment, and drivers that frame your business
  • advice that considers the context in which you work
  • assistance upstream so that you arrive at an improved model
  • we’ll listen and test assumptions
  • a project plan, yet the agility to predict and respond to changes in the pathway.

Led by Consultant Miriam McDonald, our team will be at hand at any stage of the business process. You’ll feel informed, secure and prepared to counter the challenges that come with such a changing industry.

We regularly host information sharing/learning events focused on the charities and not-for-profit sector. If you would like to know more, click here.

With us, you can concentrate on what you do best – serving your communities.