Maddocks appoints next CEO

Tuesday 31 March 2020  Maddocks has appointed David Newman as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer. David is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team and is based in Melbourne. David brings significant leadership experience to the role. He joined Maddocks in 2000 and was appointed a partner in 2002. He has held … Continued

Melbourne GPO decision: valuation of heritage registered land

On 18 December 2018, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) issued an important decision regarding the assessment of the site value of a heritage registered property (ISPT Pty Ltd -v- Melbourne City Council and Valuer General Victoria [2018] VCAT 1647). The Tribunal determined that the site value of the subject property as at 1 January … Continued

ML+C helping recover $1.4 million of Council debt

Working together with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (Council), ML+C is implementing a plan to recover more than $1.4 million of unpaid rates from more than 150 long-term delinquent property owners. Fifty-two non-resident owners or companies will be considered for property sale under s 181 of the Local Government Act 1989 and 70 owner occupiers considered … Continued

Maddocks launches Victorian local government information portal

Thursday 8 September 2016 Maddocks has today become the first law firm to launch a website designed specifically to assist decision makers and staff at Victoria’s councils. Sound Counsel is a complimentary knowledge portal accessible only by Victorian local government leaders and council officers and provides a range of information for everyday use. The website … Continued

An update on rate capping and guidance on applying for a rate cap variation

In August 2015 we published an eAlert regarding the proposed rate capping framework and the guidance provided by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) on the process of seeking a variation to the rate cap. To access a copy of this publication, click here. Since that time, there have been some key developments in this space. … Continued

Rate Capping Framework Review – key issues

Here is a summary of key aspects of the Essential Services Commission’s (ESC) Draft Report: A Blueprint for Change; Local Government Rates Capping & Variation Framework Review. What is the proposed framework? There are three elements to the proposed framework: rate cap: the maximum annual rate of increase that councils can apply to their rate revenue … Continued

Council roasted over flawed tender evaluation

Summary Earlier this month the English Technology and Construction Court1 considered a legal challenge to a tender evaluation process conducted by the Milton Keynes Council. In his judgment, Justice Coulson was highly critical of the way in which the Council conducted the tender evaluation. The Court found: the Council failed to properly document its decision … Continued

Probity, ethics and good governance in the public sector

There is currently a high level of public awareness and concern about probity and integrity issues, particularly in the public sector. This article looks at what probity, ethics and good governance means for those in the public sector. It does so from a number of perspectives, including the individual and the organisation. It also comments … Continued

New Guidelines Released by Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner

The Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) commenced on 17 September 2014, repealing the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic). The inaugural Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner is David Watts, who had been the Acting Privacy Commissioner and the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security. The Commissioner has recently released Guidelines to Public Interest Determinations, … Continued