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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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Providing probity advice to the Commonwealth Government May 26, 2017

We advised the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) of the Department of the Environment and Energy in relation to the two-stage procurement of a new ice-breaker ship. Maddocks was the probity adviser to the AAD for … Continued

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Capital appointments: Maddocks Canberra office continues growth surge with addition of DLA Piper team May 1, 2017

Monday 1 May 2017 Three partners and 10 lawyers and support staff have this week joined Maddocks’ Canberra office in a significant shake up of the legal market in Australia’s capital. Anthony Willis, Caroline Atkins … Continued

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Building regulations update May 23, 2017

The Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill) was passed on 11 May 2017 and is awaiting assent. The Bill was amended twice before it was passed. The amendments were mostly minor although further … 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.