An east coast law firm has onboarded a general counsel to join its public law team in the role of special counsel.
Maddocks has employed Matthew Pearce in its Sydney office, who brings with him “strong experience in planning and environment law,” according to a statement from the firm.
Mr Pearce was the general counsel at North Sydney Council prior to taking on the role at Maddocks, and has 12 years of experience as legal counsel for councils in NSW.
Overall, he has more than 18 years of experience within the local government sector.
His expertise extends through to Land and Environment Court litigation and planning, and environment protection and enforcement.
According to the firm, he is also well-versed in general commercial law, including front-end construction work, property law and workplace relations law.
Mr Pearce is an accredited national mediator, and has appeared in jurisdictions including the Local Court, District Court, the Industrial Relations Commission, Land and Environment Court, Supreme Court and the Federal Court.
Michael Winram, head of the NSW Local Government sector team and partner at Maddocks, believes Mr Pearce’s skills and experience will be a valuable addition to the team.
“Our clients will benefit from Matthew’s experience in both private practice and in-house in local government and his deep understanding of the issues NSW councils are currently grappling with,” Mr Winram said.
“Matthew will also add further depth to what is a market-leading public law practice team.”