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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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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Back to the future? Five key legal considerations for developers when dealing with industrial sites November 17, 2017

As Melbourne continues to grow with increasing density, the complexities surrounding the interface of industrial precincts with adjoining residential development sites also continue to grow. That issue was put into real context following the recent … Continued

Inquiries & Coronial Inquests

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.

Need assistance? Contact one of us to get started.

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.

Need assistance? Contact one of us to get started.