Our Legal Services

As well as being experienced general commercial lawyers, we are expert intellectual property lawyers and have special skills in niche areas of law like entertainment, technology and media law.

Because of this, we’re able to look after most legal issues that creative people and organisations encounter. And if there’s something outside our skill-set, we will bring in our trusted consultant lawyers and financial advisors to help out.

You can learn more about the legal areas we practice in below.

  • We have a special interest in helping our clients to advertise, market and promote their products in an impactful and lawful manner.

    In addition, we work with a number of advertising and marketing agencies to ensure they keep on the right side of the law when working with their clients.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Pre-publication legal advice and clearances for content such as videos, podcasts, social media tiles and entire brand campaigns;
    • Copyright matters, including rights, use, protection, infringement and commercialisation;
    • Trade mark registration and protection;
    • Client services agreements;
    • Agreements with employees, talent, freelancers, contractors;
    • Negotiations between agencies, talent and brands;
    • Sponsorship, endorsements, publicity and merchandising matters;
    • Australian Consumer Law;
    • Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Code of Ethics;
    • Australian Influencer Marketing Code of Conduct (AiMCO);
    • Running promotions, competitions and lotteries;
    • Defamation law;
    • Labelling and packaging advice;
    • Superannuation and tax obligations for influencer and talent engagements;
    • Location releases;
    • Privacy matters, including drafting privacy policies;
    • Domain name searches, registration, transfers and disputes;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • In business, things don’t always go to plan and disputes can arise. In stressful times, we help our clients to understand their legal position from the outset and create strategic and effective pathways out of the dispute.

    We encourage our clients to have open and respectful discussions with their counterparts early on to promote settlement with reduced legal costs and stress. We only use the courts as a last resort.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Contract disputes;
    • Misleading and deceptive conduct disputes;
    • Consumer law disputes;
    • Business and commercial disputes;
    • Retail leasing disputes;
    • Intellectual property disputes;
    • Music industry disputes;
    • Partnership, joint venture, shareholder, unitholder and director disputes, including breach of director’s duties or fiduciary duties, claims of oppression, fund misappropriation and more;
    • Debt recovery; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Inspired by the intersection of creativity and commerce, we help our clients bring their ideas to life and achieve commercial success along the way.

    We particularly understand IP in the context of commercial law, and as a result, our legal skills are niche, specialised and a perfect fit for creative people and businesses.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Setting up business or restructuring businesses, including companies, trusts, joint ventures, not for profits and partnerships;
    • Capital raising;
    • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs);
    • Employee profit share arrangements;
    • Sale and purchase of businesses;
    • Commercial and retail leases;
    • All types of commercial agreements;
    • Confidentiality (NDA) agreements
    • Loan agreements;
    • Client services agreements and business terms of trade;
    • Shareholder, unit holder, joint venture, and partnership agreements;
    • Debt recovery and statutory demands;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • The landscape around the sale of goods and services has seen a number of changes throughout recent years, and for many businesses it can be hard to keep track of their various legal obligations.

    We help our clients understand their rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    We can help you with things like:

    • Understanding and complying with the Australian Consumer Law;
    • Consumer guarantees for both goods and services;
    • Product warranties;
    • Product safety;
    • Avoiding unfair contract terms;
    • Misleading and deceptive conduct relating to advertising, marketing, social media and product packaging;
    • Comparative advertising;
    • Marketing claims;
    • Store policies, including returns policies;
    • Terms and conditions, returns and shipping policies for e-commerce stores;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • As intellectual property lawyers (and creatives at heart), copyright is at the core of what we do.

    We take pride in ensuring our clients understand how to use, protect and commercialise their copyright at all times as they build and grow their businesses.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Advice relating to the application of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth);
    • Copyright protection, infringement and commercialisation;
    • Moral and performer rights;
    • Copyright disclaimers;
    • Pre-publishing legal advice and copyright clearances for advertisements, scripts, books, social media content and other publications;
    • Agreements relating to copyright;
    • Copyright licensing and assignment;
    • Disputes relating to copyright infringement;
    • Copyright commissioning agreements;
    • Co-author agreements for copyright material;
    • Advice on receiving and providing royalties;
    • NFT advice;
    • Copyright in music;
    • Navigating the intersection between copyright law and designs law;
    • Copyright in software;
    • Copyright infringement cease and desist letters;
    • Copyright litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Defamation law spans widely across traditional, print, digital and social media including film and television, radio, news, podcasts, interviews, streaming video games, and posting comments on social media.

    We help our clients to stay on the right side of defamation law and protect their individual and business reputations.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Defamation law generally;
    • Bringing defamation claims;
    • Defending defamation claims;
    • Bringing injurious falsehood claims (for larger businesses);
    • Defending injurious falsehood claims (for larger businesses);
    • Pre-publication legal advice (including advice on defamation risks) and content clearance;
    • The application of defamation law to social media;
    • Dispute resolution;
    • Litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Designs law is perhaps one of the least known and most under utilised legal regimes in Australia. However, for designers, artists and creatives in general, understanding designs law provides a key pathway to commercialise their work and protect it from copycats.

    We help our clients utilise designs law to help them stay at the top of their game.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Advice relating to the application of the Designs Act 2003 (Cth);
    • Design rights, including use, ownership, commercialisation and infringement;
    • Competitor design checks;
    • Registered design applications both in Australia and internationally;
    • Drafting statements of newness and distinctiveness for design applications;
    • IP protection strategy;
    • Navigating the intersection between copyright law and designs law;
    • Managing and dealing with counterfeit and infringing goods;
    • Licensing arrangements;
    • Disputes; and
    • Much, much more.

  • E-commerce allows businesses to easily connect with large (often global) markets, and as the space grows and evolves, so do we.

    We provide up-to-date legal advice and support to our clients as they navigate and utilise the internet to promote and sell their products.

    We can help you with things like:

    • General e-commerce business and legal advice;
    • Terms and conditions for apps, websites and e-commerce stores;
    • Online policies relating to privacy, copyright, shipping, returns and social media;
    • Agreements with software developers, employers, employees, contractors, collaborators, suppliers and more;
    • Trade mark registration and protection;
    • Intellectual property matters, including rights, ownership, use, commercialisation and infringement;
    • Commercialising and selling digital content such as NFTs, code, software, images, music, e-books and more;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Whether you are an employee, employer, sole business owner, contractor or freelancer, employment law is something that affects us all.

    We are committed to helping creative people and businesses understand their employment law rights and obligations and promoting the running of safe, effective and legally compliant workplaces.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Employment, contractor, freelancer, director and personal services agreements;
    • Advice on sham contracting and contractor v employee assessments;
    • Modern awards and staff entitlements;
    • National Employment Standards;
    • Employee termination, unfair dismissal, notice periods and other provisions of the Fair Work Act;
    • Redundancies;
    • Insurance policies, including workers compensation and public liability;
    • Confidentiality (NDA) agreements;
    • Staff manuals, business policies and codes of conduct;
    • Representation at the Fair Work Tribunal (for employees and employers); and
    • Much, much more.

  • We are no strangers to the events industry. Our inside knowledge and practical experience allows us to guide business owners and other players in the industry to run well-protected and legally compliant events.

    Our experience in this area sees us regularly hired to provide ongoing support to major festivals and other notable events throughout Australia.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Handling legal affairs portfolios for festivals and events;
    • Intellectual property rights, including trade mark registration;
    • Agreements relating to touring, venue hire, bookings, ticketing, performers, volunteers, employees, contractors, talent services, management, production, catering, merchandise and more;
    • Agreements relating to ownership of events including shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements and more;
    • Selling and purchasing of events;
    • Risk management, work place safety laws and relevant events insurance;
    • Terms and conditions for event ticketing and entry;
    • Merchandising, endorsements, publicity and sponsorship;
    • Cancellation clauses, including force majeure clauses;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more

  • With our expertise in film & tv law and desire to help contribute to the overall success of Australia’s vibrant and ever-emerging scene, we assist clients throughout the industry to negotiate contracts, acquire funding, protect their IP rights and much more.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Agreements with actors, talent, writers, broadcast journalists, entertainers, cast and crew, employees, contractors, agents and insurers;
    • Copyright protection, infringement and commercialisation;
    • Performer and moral rights;
    • Production agreements for television and films;
    • Defamation advice and clearances;
    • Censorship;
    • Licensing of music and other copyrights including synch placements, remixes and sampling (to include in television shows and films);
    • Chain of title;
    • Broadcast, streaming and other mandatory licences;
    • Talent, copyright and location releases;
    • Merchandise and sponsorship;
    • Financing and funding;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Intellectual property is one of the most important assets a business will have. However, IP is often misunderstood or not sufficiently protected which means that things can get complicated, and disputes can arise.

    We help clients from various industries protect their IP assets and resolve IP disputes.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Advising on IP infringement matters including copyright, trade mark and design infringement;
    • Commencing IP infringement disputes against infringers;
    • Defending IP infringement allegations;
    • Negotiating with third parties to resolve disputes amicably and commercially;
    • Litigating IP infringement matters in the Federal Court of Australia;
    • Trade mark prosecution work;
    • Running trade mark and design non-use, opposition and revocation proceedings before IP Australia; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Signing a lease is an exciting step for any business or individual. However, there’s a lot more to consider than simply the cost, location and how you’re going to decorate your new space!

    When it comes to lease agreements and negotiations, we work with our clients to understand their priorities and goals for their new property. This enables us to ensure their rights and interests are protected before they sign on the dotted line.

    We can help you with:

    • Residential lease and sub-lease agreements;
    • Commercial lease and sub-lease agreements for retail stores, offices, co-working spaces, studios, galleries, warehouses and factories;
    • Negotiations of lease and sub-lease terms;
    • Tenant and landlord rights and obligations under Australian tenancy laws;
    • Stamp duty and GST;
    • Breach notices;
    • Dispute resolution (at VCAT) and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Not only do we live, breath and love the music and entertainment industry – many of our lawyers have also worked within in it. Our team consists of experienced musicians, booking agents, managers, festival and tour coordinators and DJs.

    Our insider knowledge and industry experience allows us to understand and identify unique challenges and commercial opportunities for our clients and help them stay protected and reach their goals.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Setting up your new music or entertainment business;
    • Agreements for performers, artists, bands, management, booking agencies, producers, record labels, publishers and more;
    • Copyright matters, including rights, use, protection, infringement and commercialisation;
    • Copyright licences and assignments;
    • Moral rights and performer rights;
    • Clearing samples;
    • Distribution deals for both physical and digital products;
    • Trade mark registration of performer, record label or other business names;
    • Industry standards;
    • Collection of royalties;
    • Cease and desist letters;
    • APRA/AMCOS/ARIA music licences;
    • Band disputes;
    • Breach of contract advice;
    • Festival legals;
    • Pre-publishing clearances for advertisements, scripts, books, social media content and other publications;
    • Retailing and distribution of digital media, including music, software and film;
    • Handling legal affairs for festivals and events;
    • Merchandise, endorsements, sponsorship and publicity matters;
    • Employment matters;
    • Disputes and litigation including copyright infringement, partnership and contractual disputes; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Privacy law is ever changing and developing and it’s important that businesses keep up to date with their legal obligations.

    We help our clients understand and confidently comply with their obligations under Australian privacy laws through conducting assessments, drafting policies and offering other legal support in this space.

    We can help you with things like:

    • The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and Australian Privacy Principles;
    • Assessing whether the Privacy Act applies to your business;
    • Compliance with the Privacy Act;
    • Privacy policies and procedures for customers, internal business communications and websites;
    • Agreements relating to employment, contractors, client services and more;
    • Collection notices;
    • Breach notices;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • We are constantly inspired by people that dare to dream big and start exciting new businesses.

    From inception to launch and beyond, we help our start-up clients protect their IP, structure their business effectively, prepare key foundational documents, bring in investors and provide ongoing legal support.

    We can help you with things like:

    • General business structure and set up advice;
    • ABN, TFN and business name registration;
    • Preparing for investment;
    • Capital raising including preparing convertible notes, SAFEs and loan agreements;
    • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs);
    • Employee profit share arrangements;
    • Intellectual property strategy and advice;
    • Trade mark and brand protection;
    • Agreements with partners, shareholders, unitholders, investors, collaborators, employees, contractors and more;
    • Employment law;
    • Co-founders agreements;
    • Vesting arrangements;
    • Restructuring;
    • Lease agreements;
    • Terms and conditions for apps and websites; and
    • Much, much more.

  • As the world of technology continues to expand and evolve, we understand the need to grow with it.

    Armed with our specialist IP knowledge and skills, we keep on top of both advancements in tech and the law so we can provide our clients in the industry with specialised, timely and effective legal advice and support.

    We can help you with things like:

    • General business structure and set up advice;
    • Intellectual property advice relating to technology and digital content such as code, software, NFTs, images, music, e-books and more;
    • Agreements with software developers, employers, employees, contractors, collaborators, suppliers and more;
    • Agreements relating to ownership of tech start-ups including shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements and more;
    • Purchasing or selling businesses, technology, software or other digital assets;
    • Capital raising documents such as SAFE and convertible notes;
    • Commercialising digital content;
    • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements;
    • Creation and maintenance of digital asset portfolios;
    • Domain name searches, registration, transfers and disputes;
    • Terms and conditions for apps, websites and e-commerce stores;
    • Online policies relating to privacy, intellectual property, shipping, returns and social media;
    • E-commerce business and legal advice;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.

  • Trade marks are an integral part of any business, and ensuring they are sufficient protected and enforced gives business owners peace of mind while building valuable brand equity.

    We are passionate about identifying, registering, protecting and enforcing our clients’ trade marks both in Australia and internationally.

    We can help you with things like:

    • Trade mark availability, including undertaking comprehensive searches of proposed trade marks;
    • Trade mark registration and protection in Australia and internationally;
    • Geographical Indications;
    • Corresponding with IP Australia;
    • Liaising with and instructing our contacts and associates internationally, when required for international trade mark applications;
    • Trade mark oppositions, cancellations and non-use applications;
    • Adverse reports;
    • Trade mark monitoring and watch services;
    • Trade mark infringement;
    • Co-existence agreements;
    • Ownership and licensing of IP between corporate group members;
    • Licensing and assignment;
    • Disputes and litigation; and
    • Much, much more.