Maddocks has unparalleled experience in commissions, inquiries and coronial inquests – we’ve worked on some of Australia’s most prominent hearings. These have included acting for major parties in Commonwealth and State Royal Commissions and assisting public and private sector clients in Parliamentary Inquiries and Ombudsman Inquiries.
Our people have acted in a wide variety of inquests over the last 20 years, ranging from lengthy hearings arising from multiple fatalities, to smaller hearings and advising on investigations that have been determined on the papers. Both our safety and government expertise mean that we can assist clients following workplace fatalities and in relation to deaths where issues of public safety and regulatory oversight are relevant.
What we’re known for
Expertise in this area involves a number of skills – Our lawyers offer an excellent understanding of the law of non-curial inquiries, including the role of Coroners, Royal Commissioners and other inquiry heads, their ability to compel evidence, procedural fairness, the inquisitorial processes and what falls within the scope of inquiry. We also recognise the practical issues, including engagement of experts, client professional privilege, contempt of court,, relevant criminal provisions, and a strategic understanding of litigation and negligence issues.
We assist clients in managing all aspects of their participation in inquiries, including:
- evidence collation
- preparation of witness statements
- stakeholder management
- media responses
- reputation management
- strategic management of any related litigation.
Inquiries and inquests often involve legal, political and public relations implications, so we work closely with our clients to identify and achieve their objectives in these critical areas. We’re also aware of the great human cost of inquiries and take particular care in the management of our client’s witnesses and employees.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling relatively simple and extremely complex inquiries. Matters managed by our team range from small, two-day inquiries to Royal Commissions that span many years and involve legal teams of up 50 people. We can engage paralegal and litigation support personnel to assist in complex matters, and we work with our clients to ensure that these matters are accurately costed and that the right people do the right work.
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