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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

Government & Administrative Law

Since its inception in Melbourne more than 125 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 February 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 125 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 February 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.