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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

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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COVID-19 Impacts on Freedom of Information (FOI) April 1, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had a significant impact on the general public, business and government. Here we comment on the impacts to Victorian Government agencies operating under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI … Continued

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Emergency changes to tenancy laws – COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020 (ACT) April 3, 2020

  Important changes to tenancy laws in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are being proposed under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020 (the Bill) which was presented to the Legislative Assembly on 2 April 2020. … Continued

Government & Administrative Law

Since its inception in Melbourne more than 130 years ago, Maddocks has been a firm focused on servicing the needs of government. We established our Sydney office in 2002 with the express purpose of continuing this government focus, and we actively recruited partners and consultants with in-depth experience in advising the public sector. In 2012 we continued that commitment with the opening of our Canberra office, specifically to service the growing needs of our Commonwealth clients.

Today, we have a well-established reputation for our responsive and consistent advice in the area of government and administrative law.

How can we help?

Due to our commitment to serving all three levels of government, most of the firm’s partners regularly advise the public sector. In each of our legal practice teams we have lawyers dedicated to serving government clients.

Our partners and lawyers – many of whom have worked in public sector organisations – know government and have strong experience and an in-depth understanding of the particular role of legal services in the operations of government. We understand the unique needs of departments, agencies and office-bearers at all levels of government, while also bringing the best disciplines of commercial practice to the table.

Our teams are able to serve government clients both in relation to their core portfolio responsibilities as well as advising on the day-to-day operational requirements in areas such as employment, property, construction, intellectual property, information technology, and procurement and contracting.

We regularly advise on administrative and public law issues specific to government including governance, statutory interpretation, advice on risk management and the exercise of powers and functions, policy and strategic advice, legislative reform, freedom of information, privacy, secrecy, probity and dispute resolution.

Since its inception in Melbourne more than 130 years ago, Maddocks has been a firm focused on servicing the needs of government. We established our Sydney office in 2002 with the express purpose of continuing this government focus, and we actively recruited partners and consultants with in-depth experience in advising the public sector. In 2012 we continued that commitment with the opening of our Canberra office, specifically to service the growing needs of our Commonwealth clients.

Today, we have a well-established reputation for our responsive and consistent advice in the area of government and administrative law.

How can we help?

Due to our commitment to serving all three levels of government, most of the firm’s partners regularly advise the public sector. In each of our legal practice teams we have lawyers dedicated to serving government clients.

Our partners and lawyers – many of whom have worked in public sector organisations – know government and have strong experience and an in-depth understanding of the particular role of legal services in the operations of government. We understand the unique needs of departments, agencies and office-bearers at all levels of government, while also bringing the best disciplines of commercial practice to the table.

Our teams are able to serve government clients both in relation to their core portfolio responsibilities as well as advising on the day-to-day operational requirements in areas such as employment, property, construction, intellectual property, information technology, and procurement and contracting.

We regularly advise on administrative and public law issues specific to government including governance, statutory interpretation, advice on risk management and the exercise of powers and functions, policy and strategic advice, legislative reform, freedom of information, privacy, secrecy, probity and dispute resolution.