Elle Nikou Madalin practices predominantly in commercial and corporate law. She also has considerable expertise in defamation law (including business reputation cases), media and suppression proceedings, and all aspects of sports law.
Elle is easy to work with, timely and pragmatic, and is experienced in dealing with the particular concerns of her clients in high-profile, scandalous and sensitive matters. She values thorough, balanced and strategic thinking; and collaborative, long-term relationships in the teams in which she works.
Elle has advised and appeared in complex litigation and arbitral proceedings for various corporations, family offices, incorporated associations, insolvency practitioners and private individuals in a diverse range of industries. She has acted in both domestic and international disputes, and those involving litigation funders. She has a firm grasp of model litigant guidelines and principles, having regularly acted for the State of Victoria, regulators, government departments and agencies.
In recent years, Elle has developed a particular interest in cases involving blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital assets and new technologies.
In addition to her work as counsel, Elle regularly acts as a tribunal member and arbitrator. She is an arbitrator for Football Australia's National Dispute Resolution Chamber, and the AFLPA.
Elle is an experienced independent investigator. She has been briefed by various organisations to investigate allegations of historical and recent sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and other matters.
In 2020 and 2021, Elle was a national selection panel Chair for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Elle is regularly asked to lecture in her areas of expertise by universities and other education providers, and has had her academic work published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, from which she holds Bachelors degrees and a Masters of Commercial Law with First Class Honours.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Elle practiced in commercial litigation and dispute resolution at Maddocks and Piper Alderman.
Defamation & reputational harm