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.