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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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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

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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

Compliance & Enforcement

Maddocks has a large compliance and enforcement team of more than 12 dedicated lawyers, headed by three partners, Bronwyn Weir, John Rantino and Prue Burns.

The team has an extensive understanding of, and experience in, prosecutorial duties and discretion and is very conscious of the model litigant obligations of government clients and of prosecution-related policies.

We regularly conduct prosecutions ranging from highly complex and politically sensitive matters through to high-volume matters. Our breadth of experience in prosecutions and enforcement allows us to offer highly developed, thorough and efficient systems for matter management.

Together, our lead partners have close to 50 years’ experience in this area, appearing in more than 1000 prosecutions.

How can we help?

We advise on the full range of enforcement-related matters including:

  • advising on infringement powers and processes and the issuing of notices and/or orders as an alternative means of enforcement
  • conducting negotiations to resolve enforcement matters efficiently where appropriate
  • obtaining injunctions and enforcement orders from the relevant tribunals and courts to restrain breaches of the law or to reinstate land where a breach has been committed
  • appealing convictions and sentences to the superior courts
  • undertaking judicial reviews of administrative acts
  • reviewing prosecution briefs to advise on evidence and prospects of success, as well as advising on the evidence gathering and investigation process to ensure admissible evidence of the highest quality is obtained
  • appearing as advocates in most prosecution matters – our prosecution lawyers have participated in training by the Australian Advocacy Institute and regularly undertake the appearances on prosecution matters or, where appropriate, are used to efficiently brief barristers to appear
  • drafting and reviewing instruments of authorisation and delegation and preparing statutory evidentiary certificates and notices
  • advising on the efficacy of enforcement options and on potential enhancements through legislative amendment, including drafting discussion papers and advising on cabinet submissions and drafting instructions
  • advising on the management of media interest in prosecution and enforcement matters
  • drafting complaints management and prosecution manuals, prosecution and enforcement policies, internal guidelines and precedents
  • delivering training to authorised compliance officers on gathering evidence, preparing briefs, powers of entry, cautioning and taking records of interview, admissibility issues, giving evidence, ethical obligations, and risk management. Our lawyers often speak at peak body seminars and conferences on prosecution and enforcement topics.

See also: Licensing & Disciplinary Inquiries

Maddocks has a large compliance and enforcement team of more than 12 dedicated lawyers, headed by three partners, Bronwyn Weir, John Rantino and Prue Burns.

The team has an extensive understanding of, and experience in, prosecutorial duties and discretion and is very conscious of the model litigant obligations of government clients and of prosecution-related policies.

We regularly conduct prosecutions ranging from highly complex and politically sensitive matters through to high-volume matters. Our breadth of experience in prosecutions and enforcement allows us to offer highly developed, thorough and efficient systems for matter management.

Together, our lead partners have close to 50 years’ experience in this area, appearing in more than 1000 prosecutions.

How can we help?

We advise on the full range of enforcement-related matters including:

  • advising on infringement powers and processes and the issuing of notices and/or orders as an alternative means of enforcement
  • conducting negotiations to resolve enforcement matters efficiently where appropriate
  • obtaining injunctions and enforcement orders from the relevant tribunals and courts to restrain breaches of the law or to reinstate land where a breach has been committed
  • appealing convictions and sentences to the superior courts
  • undertaking judicial reviews of administrative acts
  • reviewing prosecution briefs to advise on evidence and prospects of success, as well as advising on the evidence gathering and investigation process to ensure admissible evidence of the highest quality is obtained
  • appearing as advocates in most prosecution matters – our prosecution lawyers have participated in training by the Australian Advocacy Institute and regularly undertake the appearances on prosecution matters or, where appropriate, are used to efficiently brief barristers to appear
  • drafting and reviewing instruments of authorisation and delegation and preparing statutory evidentiary certificates and notices
  • advising on the efficacy of enforcement options and on potential enhancements through legislative amendment, including drafting discussion papers and advising on cabinet submissions and drafting instructions
  • advising on the management of media interest in prosecution and enforcement matters
  • drafting complaints management and prosecution manuals, prosecution and enforcement policies, internal guidelines and precedents
  • delivering training to authorised compliance officers on gathering evidence, preparing briefs, powers of entry, cautioning and taking records of interview, admissibility issues, giving evidence, ethical obligations, and risk management. Our lawyers often speak at peak body seminars and conferences on prosecution and enforcement topics.

See also: Licensing & Disciplinary Inquiries