More to Madeleine than meets the eye -

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Attended Hobart College, edited the newspaper and played oboe in the orchestra

Studied ancient history and the classics, and wanted to be an archaeologist

Studied Law at UTas

CSIRO Alumi - in-house legal counsel at CSIRO  - Division of Minerals 

Worked on international art law with UNESCO in Paris

Helped roll out a telco network in Central Java (until the coup)

Worked on Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar

Spent Y2K in Silicon Valley and survived on baked beans

Worked with MIT Centre for Business Innovation

Became a General Manager with Telstra Corporation with a $60 mill portfolio of business

Became a mother of 3 with a small business and a dog

Acted pro-bono for refugees

Established GASP!

Former Labor member of Tasmanian Parliament

Now practicing barrister & solicitor

Masters candidate at the University of Tasmania in Space Law


Curriculum Vitae - Madeleine Ogilvie BA LLB GCM

Madeleine Ogilvie & Co Lawyers
Michael Kirby Chambers, 49 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Mob 0409 001 800
Admitted as a legal practitioner in the States of Tasmania and Victoria and in the High Court of Australia. Date of admission 1995. Current Tasmanian practicing certificate.

Academic qualifications
2019 Masters of Laws candidate, University of Tasmania.
2004 Trained Six Sigma Blackbelt – project management, quality control, facilitation and change management
2002 Graduate Certificate in Management – Australian Graduate School of Management
1993 Bachelor of Laws – University of Tasmania
1989 Bachelor of Arts – University of Melbourne (Ormond College)
1986 Matriculation – Hobart College
1984 The Friends’ School – Dux

1996 The Potter Foundation Grant – UNESCO Internship, Paris, France
1996 Queen Elizabeth Trust Young Achievers Award

Current boards include the Southern Football League (President) and the Tasmanian Football Council (President) and Football Tasmania. Madeleine has previously held numerous board appointments including:

• Professional Standards Councils (national)
• Regional Arts, Tasmania
• Arts Advisory Board, Tasmania
• Founder and member of the Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Garden
• Tasmanian Racing Integrity Board

Madeleine is currently a member of the Law Society of Tasmania and President of the Southern Football League. She has previously held memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tasmanian Women Lawyers, Vice President of the Tasmanian ALP the Law Institute of Victoria, the UN Association of NSW, the IP Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Australian Law Council. She attended the American-Australian Dialogue, West Coast Leadership forum, on Space Industry and am a Fellow of Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania.

Professional Experience
Current – Barrister & Solicitor – Principal, Madeleine Ogilvie & Co, Lawyers
Madeleine is the Principal of Madeleine Ogilvie & Co Lawyers. Her practice covers a broad range of legal work, but with particular emphasis on commercial, intellectual property, communications, digital economy and infrastructure. She also has expertise in the area of criminal defence and legislative drafting. Madeleine has over 20 years experience in the law both in private practice and corporations, domestic and international. She has managed many complex commercial negotiations, commercial disputes and has expertise in commercialisation of IP and telecommunications law.

2013- 2017 – Member of Parliament Tasmania
Madeleine was a Member of the Tasmanian Parliament holding the position of opposition Whip and portfolios of Digital Economy, Science and Technology, ICT, Local Government and Planning. She drafted and tabled bills dealing with plastic pollution, online bullying including ‘take down orders’, end of life decision making, advance care directives, and constitutional amendments to include Tasmanian Aboriginals.

2006 -2013 – Principal, Madeleine Ogilvie & Co, Lawyers
Madeleine's practice included advising Tasmanian corporations on intellectual property, trade and competition issues. She appeared in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Tasmania, The Magistrates Court of Tasmania, the High Court of Australia, and the Federal Court of Australia.

2001 -2006 – General Manager, Telstra Corporation
Employed as a General Manager, Commercial & Contracts, Telstra Corporation, Madeleine held various roles within the organisation in Productivity – Finance and Administration, and also as a Senior Commercial Manager. Her roles involved providing strategic leadership in high level negotiations with Telstra customers for procurement of whole of business services. Madeleine held responsibility for the contracting and management of contractual delivery of over $60 billion of Telstra infrastructure, IT and communications services.

1998 – 2001 Ernst & Young – Senior Associate
As a senior associate in Ernst & Young Law, she originated the firms IP practice. Madeleine was seconded to Silicon Valley with Ernst & Young LLP for a year. During the secondment I worked with EY offices in Boston and NY, and attended the firms global IP conference in Venice, Italy. Madeleine worked with the Centre for Business Innovation, based at MIT, Boston, Mass, and assisted the firms consulting business in relation to major consulting projects – including outsourcing, integration and commercialisation.

1998 – GEC Marconi Systems. Madeleine undertook a contract role with GEC Marconi Systems, to work on the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar (JORN) project. Her role was to provide commercial and legal advice, with a particular focus on IP, technology transfer and local content provisions. She worked with engineering and senior management teams. The role required the capacity to work with international, national and UK based technology teams, customers and external advisers.

1997 – Indonesia – Telecommunications
Madeleine was based in Indonesia for a year and a half on a telecommunications project. Our group was based in Yogyakarta, and then Bandung. I developed basic competency in Bahasa Indonesia.

1996 - France - UNESCO
Madeleine undertook an international law Internship with the International Standards Section of the United Nationals Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Paris. She was involved in international art law cases, supporting international treaties, supporting work to have lost and stolen cultural heritage returned, and work with Member States in relation to the international legal regime.

1996 – CSIRO – In House Counsel
Madeleine undertook a contract role with CSIRO Division of Minerals with responsibility for the protection and commercialisation of scientific IP. She worked closely with the CRC, drafted licensing agreements, contracts and developing policy and precedents.

1996 – Allens - Lawyer
Madeleine commenced in private legal practice, where she undertook my articled clerkship. Madeleine's practice included advising in relation to trade marks, copyright and technology for major Australian corporations.

1994 – Insurance and Superannuation Commission
Madeleine undertook at graduate legal recruit placement with the Commission, where she was involved in superannuation law advisory work, policy development, corporate, trusts and taxation law matters.

Basic French and Indonesian.

Commercial and Telecommunications Experience
Projects and Major Deals


• Advising in relation to competitive bid and negotiations of $150mill agreement with Government for design, construction and delivery of secure network infrastructure services. Regulatory issues included ACCC regulatory pricing model and price control arrangements, Trade Practices Act competition issues. Commercial legal issues included network security, service level agreements, negotiation of sub-contractual arrangements, intellectual property ownership and licensing, risk management, pricing, interconnect for international transmission, people and project management arrangements analysis, and provision of bank guarantee. I worked closely with finance to deliver NPV positive result with appropriate sensitivity analysis, and worked with the pricing teams to develop an innovative approach. I was also responsible for contracting the business and delivered a signed agreement to Telstra within 6 weeks of appointment as successful tenderer.
• Advising on competitive bid for provision of international satellite transmission capacity. Commercial and legal issues related to provision of capacity by REACH (JV between Telstra and PCCW). Regulatory issues included provision of non-standard terms and conditions in relation to billing. Consideration of international billing requirements including taxation issues and foreign currency hedging.
• Advising on competitive tender for provision of State government emergency services radio communications network (successful). This included competitive pricing analysis (‘game theory’), infrastructure design issues. IT&T technology and IP licensing. I attended to contract negotiation pricing and contracting of the business.
• Structuring offer and advising in relation to provision of Government call centre infrastructure, software (including IP and third party licensing establishment) and support. Leading negotiations with customer, third party providers and sub-contractors in relation to project, commercial and legal issues. Addressing commercial and legal issues relating to scopes of work (and back to back legal arrangements). Assisting technical staff with drafting of statements of works. Managing sub-contractor arrangements.
• Advising in relation to establishment of $60mill Tasmanian based Aged Care Facility including property, project management, licensing and employment issues.

Broadband and Whole of Business

• Negotiation of pilot programme for business level broadband use by a major Australian fast food franchisor. Programme was negotiate in the context of a competitive bid for Franchisor nationwide. Bid won partly on the basis of innovative solution I developed to assist franchisees increase sales – McDonalds WIFI. Deal included VPN data services. Negotiating and advising in relation to terms and conditions of agreement including IT&T carriage, pricing, franchising issues and IP ownership.
• Led preparations of competitive offer/bid for renewal of $80 mill per annum deal – project scope included third party software development, IP licensing, provision of data services, facilities management and voice products. Set strategy for and lead team in negotiations with customer software providers and sub-contractors.
• Structuring and negotiating $35 mill ‘whole of business’ telecommunications deal including voice, data, IMS, mobiles, broadband, project components).