Madeleine Purcell is an Associate in the Estate Litigation and Administration team at Moores

Madeleine is an experienced Wills and Estates Lawyer, with a particular interest in Estate Litigation. This includes disputes regarding Wills & Estates (ie Testator Family Maintenance Claims & Contested Probate matters), Guardianship matters & Administration disputes.

In addition to disputes, Madeleine also assists with obtaining Grants of Probate & Letters of Administration (including complex grants) and the Administration of Estates

Madeleine's previous experience includes drafting Wills, and she has worked in multiple jurisdictions including Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

Litigation can be stressful, so coupling that with the death of a loved one and sensitive familial situations it is important to closely support clients to navigate them through their matter with empathy, providing them with practical clear advice to achieve a quick resolution.

Why Moores?

"Working at Moores has provided me the opportunity to work collaboratively with their reputable private clients team, allowing me to develop my skills further in Estate Litigation and Administration by soaking up their knowledge and experience – all while also obtaining positive outcomes for the clients."


Outside of work, you will find Madeleine reading a good book to meet the reading challenge she sets for herself each year, or finally being excited to watch/cheer on the Carlton Football Club, enjoying some wins after 27 years of disappointment.


  • Recognised as a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers Q3 2023 for Private clients - Australasia
  • Former volunteer at West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law
  • University of Exeter exchange program
  • Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University (majoring in Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Deakin University
  • Alfred Deakin Scholar 2012