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Maddocks

ANGEL PLACE, 123 PITT STREET, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
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Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Australia

Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 4

Maddocks

Brendan Coady leads the practice at Maddocks and successfully represented Optus Networks in ACCC proceedings against Telstra. Sydney-based Coady is an expert in the telecoms sector and Robert Gregory in Melbourne has particular energy-sector knowledge. Gina Wilson successfully defended Lawrence & Hanson Group against allegations of cartel conduct brought by the ACCC. Aside from ACCC investigations, the practice has strong capabilities advising on merger clearances and anti-competitive conduct issues.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Maddocks

Maddocks‚Äô team handled matters in the residential, transport and infrastructure sectors, coupled with a busy back-end practice. Andrew Pitney¬†heads the six-partner team; he advised WBHO Infrastructure on its successful bid for the design and construction in relation to the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads PPP, the largest road-upgrade project in Victoria to date. Andrew Chapman¬†assisted TfNSW with the Blue Mountains Route Clearance project, which involves the modification of tunnels, station platforms and rail lines in the Blue Mountains.¬†The recommended Alicia Sheridan¬†advised the Lendlease‚ÄďBouygues‚ÄďJohn Holland consortium on contracting arrangements regarding its successful bid for the large-scale Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project. In the property sector, Mathew Stulic¬†represented Watpac in litigation regarding a commercial high-rise development in Sydney‚Äôs CBD. Special counsels Sefton Warner¬†and Declan Manly¬†joined from Norton Rose Fulbright¬†and the Victorian Bar, respectively.

Leading individuals

Andrew Pitney - Maddocks

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Maddocks

Maddocks has a focus on mid-cap work and frequently acts for small to medium-sized listed companies, large private companies and local subsidiaries of global corporations. The 29-partner team, which is led by Damien Wurzel and Duncan Hall, specialises in the education, government, infrastructure, professional services, retail, and technology sectors and has seen increased healthcare sector work, which is a focus area for Lucille Scomazzon. Andrew McNee advised the founders and operators of the Manly Fast Ferry on their divestment of the company to the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA), Stuart Napthali assisted Direct Capital with the management buyout of Marvel Packers, and Ron Smooker acted for the shareholders of Norman Disney & Young on its sale to Tetra Tech. In the pharmaceutical sector, Wurzel advised the shareholders of Alchemy Holdings on its sale of HPS to pharmaceutical and animal health products maker EBOS. The team also includes retail and franchise expert Greg Hipwell and Catherine Debreceny, who has a focus on private equity matters. Catherine Merity and special counsel Rosamond Sayer joined from DLA Piper.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Maddocks

Maddocks'¬†‚Äėvery good‚Äô practice has well-rounded commercial litigation capabilities and is particularly known for representing government departments at federal, state and local level. The ‚Äėfocused¬†and responsive‚Äô Gina Wilson,¬†who heads the team jointly with Norman Lucas, defended a former executive manager of Joe White Maltings in third-party proceedings commenced against him in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Lucas continues to defend Fitch Ratings in proceedings regarding the ratings it assigned to certain synthetic collateralised debt obligations. David Laidlaw¬†and Shaun Temby¬†are other names to note.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Maddocks

Maddocks has been capitalising on the arrival of DLA Piper’s Canberra team in 2017, including Caroline Atkins, Anthony Willis, Gavan Mackenzie and special counsel Katherine Armytage, further establishing the team’s strong presence in the government procurement arena. The ten-partner practice headed by Brendan Coady, Atkins and Robert Gregory has seen an increase in cyber resilience and data security matters, and recent high-value work in the government sector includes advising the Digital Transformation Agency on a whole-of-government agreement with each of SAP, Concur, IBM and Oracle. Willis assisted the Commonwealth Department of Defence with its acquisition and delivery of an on-demand, integrated and distributed core simulation capability to support collective training outcomes. The team continues to advise Sydney Airport on its enterprise-wide network transformation project.

Leading individuals

Caroline Atkins - Maddocks

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Maddocks

At¬†Maddocks, Sydney-based practice head¬†Brendan Coady¬†‚Äėis excellent and provides great commercial insights‚Äô. Jeff Goodall¬†continues to assist Sydney Airport with a brand audit and filing strategy and¬†Timothy Atkin¬†defends NetComm Wireless against patent litigation proceedings brought by a US competitor.¬†Greg Hipwell¬†regularly assists clients with their strategic expansion strategies.¬†Anthony Willis¬†advises the Department of Defence on two helicopter projects, notably on¬†technical, software, simulator, and licensing disputes.¬†Other names to note include Shelley Einfeld, Katherine Armytage¬†and Brendan Tomlinson.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Maddocks

Maddocks' 'highly skilled, responsive and commercial' department is 'a standout name for public sector work'; it counts the Department of Education and Training (Victoria), NSW police force and the city of Kingston as clients. Bruce Heddle and Catherine Dunlop lead the Sydney and Melbourne teams respectively, with clients also singling out Ross Jackson, who has 'a wealth of experience'; the 'practical and pragmatic' Lindy Richardson, Karli Evans, who is 'legally top-shelf'; and Maree Skinner, who joined from now-defunct firm DibbsBarker, and is 'knowledgeable, approachable, pragmatic and responsive'. Recent highlights include representing IOOF Holdings in Victoria Supreme Court injunction proceedings to enforce post-employment restraints of trade, representing the Australian Building and Construction Commission in Federal Court proceedings relating to unlawful conduct in breach of key provisions in the Fair Work Act, and defending Melbourne City Council in a dispute brought by an employee in relation to a potentially incorrectly classified role.

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Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS)
Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) - ranked: tier 2

Maddocks

Catherine Dunlop and Bruce Heddle jointly lead Maddocks' safety practice from Melbourne and Sydney respectively; Dunlop is 'an excellent communicator who brings advice to life with practical applications and has an ability to rapidly assess key issues and priorities'. The standalone department is notable for its public sector expertise; clients include Australian Home Care Services, Australasian Fire Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Defence. Dunlop and Ross Jackson conducted a review of police disciplinary systems and related safety issues for the Victoria Police; Dunlop also assisted the State Coroner of Victoria with an inquest into the deaths of five civilians in a Melbourne vehicle attack and acted for the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator in a prosecution of Metro Trains Melbourne regarding alleged safety failures.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 4

Maddocks

Maddocks focuses on infrastructure work; the six-partner team, led by Andrew Chapman, Simone Holding and Andrew Pitney, has a strong state and Commonwealth government client base. Chapman advised TfNSW on its Blue Mountains Route Clearance project, and Pitney and Alicia Sheridan assisted WBHO Infrastructure with the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads PPP, the largest roads upgrade and maintenance project in Victoria to date. VicRoads instructed the team in relation to its state-wide Safe System Road Infrastructure programme for the installation of flexible barriers on Victoria’s highways.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Maddocks

Maddocks¬†possesses ‚Äėcommercial as well as legal acumen‚Äô and is noted for its ‚Äėindustry knowledge relating to complex property sales and leasing matters‚Äô. Infrastructure projects, social housing and revitalisation schemes are particular strengths.¬†Marine Nincevic¬†advises¬†Development Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services on¬†the Markham Estate public housing development.¬†Nick Holuigue¬†regularly handles inbound Asian investment and advised Singapore-based World Class Global on the acquisition and finance agreements for its development projects at Southbank Boulevard and A‚ÄôBeckett Street with a combined value of ¬£1.6bn.¬†Holuigue is ‚Äėregarded for his all-round capability and knowledge‚Äô and jointly heads the practice alongside Nincevic and Bronwyn Badcock. ‚ÄėIndustry leader‚Äô¬†Alicia Albury is also singled out.¬†Pria O‚ÄôSullivan¬†joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Maddocks

Maddocks is particularly active in the contentious space and asset recovery issues; it acted for Ferrier Hodgson as liquidators and special purpose receivers of Banksia Securities in litigation arising from its collapse and represented a finance manager in claims related to the collapse of an investment vehicle alleged to have been unregistered managed investment schemes. The group's non-contentious work includes advising Pitcher Partners as trustees of the bankrupt estate of a mining entrepreneur in a public examination and the negotiation of a funding agreement, and assisting PCI Partners as liquidator of Gordon Ramsey Melbourne with all aspects of its liquidation. Team leader David Newman, Michael Johns and Marelda Hibberd are the key names to note.

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