Leading law firm Maddocks this week welcomes new partner Greg Hipwell. Greg is one of Australia’s leading retail and franchise lawyers and offers more than 20 years’ experience in the sector. He was named in Best Lawyers 2014 Melbourne Franchise Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’, and joins the firm’s Commercial practice team from the Norton Rose Fulbright partnership.
Greg brings with him a talented trio of senior lawyers, based in Melbourne and Sydney to bolster Maddocks’ Intellectual Property and Technology group, providing the firm with genuine retail, distribution and franchising industry expertise for both national and international clients.
Brendan Coady, Partner and Sector Leader – Technology offers, “We are excited to have Greg and his team join us. They bring additional depth and technical expertise to our already well-recognised Intellectual Property and Technology team and give us a national offering to retail and franchising clients operating within the consumer markets sector. This announcement also complements steps we have recently taken to strengthen our trademark offering, which includes adding senior specialist Shelley Einfeld to our team.”
Greg worked with his former firm as Partner from 2000 to 2014 and boasts a national client base of leading manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers within the automotive, outdoor power equipment, fashion, hair and beauty, consumer finance and food and wine industries.
Greg and his team are experts in competition and consumer law, particularly in relation to pricing, supply and market conduct issues, the Franchising Code of Conduct, intellectual property licensing, protection and exploitation and the development and management of franchise, dealer and other forms of channel distribution networks. More broadly, they offer industry expertise to the management of mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
On the announcement, Greg comments, “We are extremely excited to be joining Maddocks. Their Intellectual Property and Technology group has welcomed us warmly and we’re collectively focused on being Australia’s leading advisors in the retail, distribution and franchising space.”
Joining Greg are senior associates Jessica Rowe and Elizabeth Stary and lawyer Mira Guirguis. He continues, “Jess, Libby and Mira bring an impressive portfolio of work to the table and are all technically excellent lawyers with a commercial mindset who have worked alongside me since their graduate days. I am starting at Maddocks with an A-grade team and we’re all feeling upbeat about the year ahead.
“There have been significant changes in regulation of the franchise sector in recent times with more developments potentially to come in relation to unfair contract terms legislation. In his first speech of the year, the ACCC Chairman declared that one of the its priorities for 2015 is taking a stronger line in ensuring compliance with industry codes of conduct and made specific references to the new powers of the ACCC with respect to breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct. The moderate economic environment coupled with increased regulation will continue to force both manufacturers and retailers to be on top of their game in the foreseeable future.”
Maddocks’ Commercial Practice Group Head and Partner Philip Jones offers, “We’re observing a rapidly evolving market. As the ground shifts and new risks and opportunities emerge, clients need lawyers with exceptional intellectual property and technology knowledge in order to develop solutions that maximise every new opportunity. Greg’s appointment to the partnership gives me great confidence that we’re more strongly positioned than ever to deliver real value to our clients in the key Melbourne and Sydney markets.”
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