Firm Profile > Maddocks > Sydney, Australia

Maddocks
ANGEL PLACE
123 PITT STREET
SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Australia

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Maddocks is especially known for its market-leading work with government. In Canberra, Caroline Atkins is a go-to lawyer for large-scale whole-of-government mandates and counts the ACCC and the Digital Transformation Agency among her clients. A large team includes Anthony Willis who has decades of experience acting for departments of Defence, Health, Human Services, and Treasury. Brendan Coady in Sydney also has extensive experience in both technology and IP matters. Other key advisors include Robert Gregory in Melbourne and Jeff Goodall in Sydney. Brendan Tomlinson who acts for Adobe Systems is also recommended. The team includes cyber resilience and data security expertise and has a strong base of university clients among its non-government roster.

Testimonials

Maddocks’ IT and telecoms team gets to know its clients, their business and is adept in ensuring that the commercial realities of your business are accurately captured in legal documentation.’

Bredan Tomlinson is a very measured and calm practitioner and negotiator who listens, gets to your business and applies your commercial realities to the legal documentation.’

The team at Maddocks provided exceptional quality advice and material, not just on technical matters of law and contract drafting but with practical insights into the commercial and business contexts too. The depth of experience across the team meant that they were able to expertly cover the broad range and large volume of tasks arising during the negotiation.’

Anthony Willis and his team, particularly Janet Courtis (Senior Associate) and Amy Chase (Lawyer), provided invaluable support for me, and showed a dedicated and personal commitment to my work, as I led a lengthy and complex commercial negotiation. They were exceptionally responsive to the demanding pace of the matter and managed other business and personal priorities well to be available as or when I needed them.’

Key clients

Government – Federal, State and Local

Optus

Lendlease

Sydney Airport

Philips Electronics Australia

Adobe Systems

NetComm Wireless

NSW Treasury Corp

Deutsche Bank Australia Ltd

Universities including Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University, La Trobe and Western Sydney University

Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Tier 2

Maddocks is a key name in the market for public sector clients, with the team’s roster including the Commonwealth, state and local governments and departments, NSW Police Force and Victoria State Emergency Service. The group is defending the Department of the Environment and Energy in a Work Health and Safety Act prosecution. Bruce Heddle and Catherine Dunlop jointly head up the department from Sydney and Melbourne respectively; Heddle also regularly handles industrial relations work and Dunlop ‘provides measured and practical direction to matters’. Ross Jackson is also a key name to note.

Testimonials

Maddocks fields a practical, responsive and genuinely specialised practice, which is easy to work with and provides good common sense advice.

Catherine Dunlop has fantastic experience in WHS law and provides measured and practical direction in matters. She has excellent instincts, and is a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Commonwealth Government

State Government

Local Government

Victoria Police

NSW Police Force

Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Victoria State Emergency Service

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deutsche Bank

Macquarie Bank

IOOF

Fidelity

Ernst & Young

IFM Investors

Shadforth Financial

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises

Simplot Australia

Rail Control Systems Australia

Nintendo

Gordon Institute of TAFE

Western Sydney University

Swinburne University of Technology

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

University of Wollongong

Macquarie University

Victoria University

Southern Cross University

University of New South Wales

Deakin College

The Bays Healthcare Group

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

St Luke’s Care

Nexus Day Hospitals

St Vincent’s Australia

The Ministry of Health

Western NSW Local Health District

Sydney Local Health District

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Construction Tier 3

Jointly headed by Andrew Pitney, Andrew Chapman and Simone Holding, the team at Maddocks has a focus on acting for public sector clients and is ‘very knowledgeable of trends across different government levels’. Residential, transport and infrastructure projects are key strengths with a number of high-profile private sector contracts also forming the client base. The team exercises its expertise across the full life cycle of projects and includes recently promoted partner Anna Scannell whose practice is concentrated on dispute resolution. Key names are spread across Melbourne and Sydney.

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable about trends across the different levels of Government, which informs the client of the likely influences on our national projects.’

Andrew Chapman is very pragmatic and easy to work with. He has an excellent ability to break contracts down into easily digestible pieces so that contractors are clear on the standards the Commonwealth expects from them.’

Key clients

Local Government

State Government

Commonwealth Government

Lendlease

Bouygues

McConnell Dowell

Watpac

Probuild

St Vincent’s Hospital

Fulton Hogan

WHBO Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Mirvac

Poly Group

AV Jennings

ID Land

Evolve

Satterley

Intellectual property Tier 3

The ‘technically astuteBrendan Coady heads up Maddocks’ IP team from Sydney. The department acts on both disputes and advisory work regarding all types of IP, which includes patent litigation, trade mark portfolio management, licensing, and advertising. Team members handle not only complex issues in more traditionally strong industries such as retail, healthcare, life sciences and TMT, but also deal with education sector-focused IP commercialisation work. Of note is the team’s continued expansion of government-driven IP projects in industries such as defence, health, and services. Ben Miller joined the Sydney office from Ashurst in February 2019; Miller has particular expertise in life sciences. Canberra-based Anthony Willis and Melbourne-based Robert Gregory are also noted.

Testimonials

The team provides a unique combination of technical excellence with commercial pragmatism

Team members are IP experts which take the time to genuinely understand their clients’ commercial and strategic objectives so that they can provide IP advice in line with these

Brendan Coady is a pleasure to deal with

Key clients

IP Australia

Aristocrat Technologies

Commonwealth Department of Defence (including the Defence Science and Technology Group)

Sydney Airport

Commonwealth Department of Human Services

Abbott Laboratories

Commonwealth Department of Health

Digital Transformation Agency

Netcomm Wireless Limited

Arrow Pharmaceuticals

ResMed

Alkem Laboratories

Pharmacor

Besins Healthcare

Norbrook Laboratories

E-Chem Technologies

Concrete Preservation Technologies

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The Charlie Teo Foundation

Juno Pharma

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Labour and employment Tier 3

Jointly led by Sydney's Bruce Heddle and Melbourne-based Lindy Richardson, the employment, safety and people practice at Maddocks advises national employers on enterprise bargaining and industrial relations, and has a particular expertise in the public sector. In parallel with its cross-border transactional support work, the team also handles enforcement matters, health and safety and sexual harassment claims. Ross Jackson represents public and private sector organisations in the full gamut of employment-related matters from Melbourne, while Maree Skinner and Vanessa Andersen are key names to note in the Sydney office.

Testimonials

‘The team’s partners are highly experienced across all areas of employment law but are also accessible, reliable, responsive and cost-effective. The team has a strong knowledge of the government sector as well as the corporate space, which is unique. The depth and size of the practice, which spans all areas of employment law is also impressive.’

‘Maree Skinner is an exceptional practitioner. She has excellent technical legal skills, but also provides pragmatic, practical and commercially focused advice.

‘Maree Skinner is accessible, responsive, rigorous and reliable. She is also approachable and an absolute pleasure to deal with. She has an incredible depth of experience across all areas of employment law, including industrial relations and transactional work too. She is highly respected by clients across many industries as well as her peers.’

‘I have worked with Vanessa Andersen over the past seven years and followed her across firms due to the quality of her advice and the thoroughness of her briefings and assistance.’

Key clients

Commonwealth Government

State Government

Local Government

Victoria Police

NSW Police Force

Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Victoria State Emergency Service

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deutsche Bank

Macquarie Bank

IOOF

Fidelity

Ernst & Young

IFM Investors

Shadforth Financial

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises

Simplot Australia

Rail Control Systems Australia

Nintendo

Gordon Institute of TAFE

Western Sydney University

Swinburne University of Technology

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

University of Wollongong

Macquarie University

Victoria University

Southern Cross University

University of New South Wales

Deakin College

The Bays Healthcare Group

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

St Luke’s Care

Nexus Day Hospitals

St Vincent’s Australia

The Ministry of Health

Western NSW Local Health District

Sydney Local Health District

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Maddocks devotes around a third of its lawyers across the firm to its disputes resolution practice. They have a strong presence in government work, advising 70 government departments and agencies at local, state and federal levels, with a commensurate regulatory and legislative presence in Royal commissions and commissions of inquiry. Outside of government work, it advises clients from a wide range of industries, including professional services, healthcare, sporting organisations, and retail. Gina Wilson leads the team at the Melbourne office, whilst her counterpart Norman Lucas heads up the practice in Sydney. The firm has successfully defended Fitch, the credit rating agency, in class-action proceedings brought by investors harmed in the financial crisis of 2008, and deftly resolved a dispute between an auditor and an investment firm before the matter proceeded to litigation.

Testimonials

Maddocks’ strength lies in the quality of the people in partnership positions within the firm. They have excellent legal expertise, but so do many firms. What sets Maddocks apart in my view is the personal care and consideration that its leaders provide. They are real people who strive to understand the needs of their client and to communicate with them in a way that reassures them that their concerns are being addressed and that they are receiving the best possible legal services. The partners assemble strong teams which are united and disciplined and have a clear understanding of their roles within the team.  Motivation and confidence seem high.

Gina Wilson provides outstanding leadership.

Key clients

Fitch Ratings Inc, and Fitch Rating Limited

Grant Thornton

Emerald Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd

Nongshim Co Ltd and Nongshim Australia Pty Ltd

Racing Victoria Limited

NSW Department of Education

Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department

Netcomm Wireless Limited

Comcover

Kidman Resources Limited

Real estate Tier 4

Maddocks’ practice is well-versed in social housing projects,  real estate transactions and residential, industrial, commercial and retail developments. Its roster of clients includes several Commonwealth Government clients as well as Asian inbound developers and investors along with financial institutions. Transactions requiring specialist knowledge of procurement processes, joint ventures, hotel acquisitions and major lease negotiations also fall within the group’s expertise. Melbourne-based Nick Holuigue and Marine Nincevic head the department alongside Bronwyn Badcock in Sydney.

Key clients

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training  and Social Science

Department of Defence

Commonwealth Department of Finance

Commonwealth Department of Human Services

V/Line

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Victorian Department of Health

Victorian Department of Human Services

Transport for NSW

City of Sydney

Boral Limited

Poly Group

Dahua Group

Greenland Group

World Class Land

Chip Eng Seng

Hiap Hoe

Hoe Bee

Everbright Group

Tong Eng

Figtree

Tee Land

Fortune New City

Victoria University

Australian National University

Western Sydney University

Federation University

Heathley

Growland

Satterley

Mirvac

AVJennings

Lendlease

Stockland

Coles Supermarkets

Optus

Samsung

Country Road Group

Sass & Bide

Lotte Duty Free

Lawrence and Hanson

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Marelda Hibberd heads up the department at Maddocks, which is singled out for its restructuring and asset realisation litigation expertise. The practice serves banking clients including CBA and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, and is regularly instructed by clients in the public sector including the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority. Hibberd is a key contact for formal insolvency administrations, David Newman handles corporate insolvencies and security enforcements, Michael Johns counts secured lenders and insolvency practitioners as clients, and Sam Kingston handles contentious work. Danielle Funston joined the team from K&L Gates in late 2018.

Testimonials

The group stands out for its accessibility to all team members and commercial approach to solving complex issues.

David Newman, Marelda Hibberd and Melissa Jerimiah are all talented, very intelligent and quick to adapt to issues.

Key clients

Ferrier Hodgson

Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

RSM Australia

Grant Thornton Australia

McGrathNicol

PCI Partners

Vince & Associates

Cor Cordis

Pitcher Partners

Commonwealth Bank Australia

CornoNero Pty Ltd

FTI Consulting

Brooke Bird Pty Ltd

Lipp Group Pty Ltd

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority and other state and Commonwealth government departments and agencies.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Maddocks’ department focuses on corporate and property finance work, acting for a range of borrower and lender clients including CBA, Macquarie Bank, Westpac and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Recently promoted partner Arlene Colquhoun and Ian Beattie jointly lead the group from Sydney and Melbourne respectively; Colquhoun also handles corporate, acquisition and project finance work, and Beattie regularly acts for institutional construction and development financiers.

Testimonials

The team is easy to deal with and has very good access to partners.

Key clients

Commonwealth Bank Australia

Macquarie Bank

Greenland Australia

Westpac Banking Corporation

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd

BP Finance

Adamantem Capital

Madigan Capital

Occasio Projects

Meteorite Land (Pearl River) Pty Ltd

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Maddocks is a popular choice for small to medium listed companies and large private companies on mid-market transactions in areas as diverse as healthcare and education (on which it has a focus) and natural resources. It also has a track record acting for company founders seeking to sell all or part of their stake – often to private equity houses. Ron Smooker has more than two decades of experience advising on areas including joint ventures and other commercial and financing matters. Damien Wurzel and Duncan Hall in Melbourne and Sydney respectively are the team leaders who offer a wealth of expertise across corporate and commercial matters. Catherine Merity advises on cross-border transactions including assisting foreign clients on listings and acquisitions in Australia.

Testimonials

The Maddocks Corporate and M&A practice is a market leading team which produces outstanding work. They are pragmatic, responsive, dedicated and provide outstanding value for money. They are the very definition of a trusted advisor.’

The team is led by Ron Smooker whose experience and measured approach consistently shines through. Ron brings unparalleled judgement and expertise to the table and is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Ramsay Healthcare

Zenitas Healthcare Limited

Janison Education Group Limited

Nexus Hospitals

Soar Aviation

Moose Toys

Bouygues Construction Australia

Realm Resources Limited

Equity Trustees

The Dutton Group

The firm: Established in 1885, Maddocks is an independent Australian law firm with offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Maddocks provides premium legal services to corporations, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally. The firm advises clients across the infrastructure, education, government, healthcare and technology sectors. Its service is based on a deep understanding of clients’ legal requirements in the context of their business objectives and the sector they operate within.

Maddocks works collaboratively with clients to build strong, sustainable relationships – its longest is now more than 100 years old. The firm’s lawyers deliver consistently high standards of service. They understand the importance of accessibility, responsiveness and transparency. Maddocks reputation for exceptional client service is supported by its placement as finalists in the Australian Financial Review‘s 2018 Client Choice Awards for Best Law Firm in its revenue category, based on client feedback for quality and service delivery.

Maddocks has also been named again in the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) Employers of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) as a citation holder, as announced in early 2019.

Areas of practice: With more than 320 lawyers, and 81 partners, Maddocks provides advice across all the major areas of legal practice required by private and public sector clients.

The firm’s client include large international organisations, ASX listed companies and the public sector, with the firm advising all three tiers of Australian government – Commonwealth, state and local.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising, brands and marketing Brendan Coady
Advertising, brands and marketing Robert Gregory
Banking and finance lan Beattie
Banking and finance Arlene Colquhoun
Capital markets and private equity Catherine Merity
Capital markets and private equity Andrew McNee
Commercial disputes Norman Lucas
Commercial disputes Gina Wilson
Commercial/M&A Ron Smooker
Commercial/M&A Damien Wurzel
Competition and regulation Brendan Coady
Competition and regulation Shaun Temby
Construction, infrastructure and projects Andrew Chapman
Construction, infrastructure and projects Simone Holding
Employment, safety and people Bruce Heddle
Employment, safety and people Catherine Dunlop
Environment and planning Patrick Ibbotson
Environment and planning Maria Marshall
Financial services Chris Beeny
Financial services Julian Smith
Government and administrative law Simonetta Astolfi
Government and administrative law Patrick Ibbotson
Healthcare Lucille Scomazzon
Healthcare Damien Wurzel
Inquiries and coronial inquests Catherine Dunlop
Inquiries and coronial inquests Mark Henry
Real estate and development Bronwyn Badcock
Real estate and development Marine Nincevic
Restructuring and insolvency Michael Johns
Restructuring and insolvency David Newman
TMT and intellectual property Jeff Goodall
TMT and intellectual property Robert Gregory
Tax Leigh Baring
Tax Michael Taylor-Sands
Wills and estates Geoff Musgrove
Real estate and development Nick Holuigue
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alicia Albury  photo Alicia Albury
 Vanessa Andersen  photo Vanessa Andersen
 Bronwyn Badcock  photo Bronwyn Badcock
Mr Andrew Chapman  photo Mr Andrew Chapman
 Brendan Coady  photo Brendan Coady
 Arlene Colquhoun  photo Arlene Colquhoun
 Jeff Goodall  photo Jeff Goodall
 Duncan Hall  photo Duncan Hall
Mr Bruce Heddle  photo Mr Bruce Heddle
 Patrick Ibbotson  photo Patrick Ibbotson
 Aaron Kloczko  photo Aaron Kloczko
 Norman Lucas  photo Norman Lucas
 Andrew McNee  photo Andrew McNee
 Catherine Merity  photo Catherine Merity
Ms Lucille Scomazzon  photo Ms Lucille Scomazzon
 Maree Skinner  photo Maree Skinner
 Mathew Stulic  photo Mathew Stulic
 Shaun Temby  photo Shaun Temby
 Brendan Tomlinson  photo Brendan Tomlinson
 Michael Winram  photo Michael Winram
 Angela Wood  photo Angela Wood
Number of lawyers and staff : More than 600
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