Madgwicks has promoted two of its rising stars to partnership and also appointed two special counsels and one senior associate. The promotions will take effect from 1 July 2015.

The five appointments are:

  • John Caridakis, Partner, Litigation & Insolvency
  • Michelle Dawson, Partner, Workplace Relations
  • Caroline Ord, Special Counsel, Corporate & Commercial – Funds Management
  • Sangeeta Thaker, Special Counsel, Commercial Property
  • Grant Walker, Senior Associate, Litigation & Insolvency

Managing Partner, Peter Kennedy, said that appointment to partnership is a monumental occasion in the career of any lawyer.

“It is recognition of dedication to the practice of law as well as to our core values of being easy to work with, outcome focussed and connected. Both John and Michelle embody what it is to be a Partner of Madgwicks as they have demonstrated a strong commitment to client service excellence and a focus on growing and developing our young lawyers.

“Sangeeta and Caroline’s promotion to Special Counsel recognises their superior skills in their respective niche practice areas. Grant’s promotion to Senior Associate marks the confidence the Partners have in his technical and commercial abilities,” said Peter Kennedy.

The new appointments also focus on key areas of growth for the firm.

“With very strong capabilities in litigation & insolvency law, commercial property law, corporate & commercial law, and workplace relations law, the five promotions continue to add to the strength of our core legal service areas.

“The partnership is delighted to welcome our talented lawyers into their new positions and we look forward to supporting them in their continued success,” said Peter Kennedy.


John Caridakis, Partner, Litigation & Insolvency

A key part of Madgwicks’ Litigation and Insolvency team, John joined the group in July 2008. Over that time, John has developed an active practice in the areas of corporate and personal insolvency reconstruction, property and construction law, and commercial litigation. John provides commercial and strategic advice that is outcome focussed and adopts a user friendly approach when structuring solutions for his clients.



Michelle Dawson, Partner, Workplace Relations

Michelle provides pragmatic, outcome-focussed advice and specialist representation, protecting and promoting the interests of both employee and employer clients in all areas of workplace law including industrial relations, discrimination/equal opportunity and strategic human resources risk management. Michelle is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations.


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Caroline Ord, Special Counsel, Corporate & Commercial – Funds Management

Having practised in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Caroline has a broad range of global corporate and commercial experience, particularly in the area of funds management law. Caroline’s funds management practice includes: advising on the establishment of retail and wholesale managed investment schemes, the offer documents for fund managers and public offer superannuation funds; financial services law relating to AFSL licensing, capital raising, regulatory, governance and compliance matters; and foreign private equity investment reviews for institutional clients.

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Grant Walker, Senior Associate, Litigation & Insolvency

Grant is key member of Madgwicks litigation team. He is experienced in conducting litigation in all Victorian Courts and Tribunals, including experience in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Court of Appeal. Grant’s areas of expertise include: director and company related disputes, banking and finance, insolvency / restructuring and issues relating to sport and the law.



Sangeeta Thaker, Special Counsel, Accredited Property Law Specialist – Property

Sangeeta Thaker has more than 14 years’ experience practising in all aspects of property law and is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a property law specialist. She advises a broad range of property developers, landowners, and owners corporations as well as purchasers and vendors of commercial properties and businesses.