My experience, gained through advising on intellectual property and privacy issues in Australia and Ireland, has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the commercial needs of my clients in a range of jurisdictions and particularly cross border matters.
I advise clients on all aspects of intellectual property, from brand protection to enforcement as well as on privacy, technology and Australian Consumer Law issues.
I act for clients in a range of industries such as food and beverage, health, media, financial services and technology, from start ups to ASX listed companies and multinationals.
I partner with my clients to ensure that they can identify and secure their intellectual property rights and to protect their intellectual property rights from infringement.
Privacy is becoming increasingly important for businesses in all sectors. I advise on privacy compliance issues as well as data breach notifications.
Prior to joining Addisons in October 2017, I worked at Henry Davis York for almost 10 years and before that, in leading commercial law firms in Ireland for 8 years.
BBLS – University College Dublin
LLM (Commercial Law) - University College Dublin
Qualified Irish Trade Mark Agent and European Trade Mark & Design Attorney
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and in New South Wales
Rising Star Intellectual Property 2016 and 2017 Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
Recommended for Intellectual Property – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, 2015 and 2014
Committee member, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
Member, International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Member, the Copyright Society of Australia
Member, the Law Society of Ireland and the Law Society of New South Wales
Committee member, Ireland Funds Australia , Young Leaders
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders.
It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed.
The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3