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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Construction and Projects special counsel joins Maddocks January 17, 2018

17 January 2018 Maddocks has appointed Sefton Warner as a special counsel in the firm’s Construction and Projects team. Sefton brings to Maddocks extensive front-end construction projects experience, having worked on a number of major … Continued

Latest Article

2017: In Review – The biggest tech trends and events of the year January 17, 2018

2017 has been another frenetic and significant year for the technology sector. In keeping with Commvault and Maddocks’ joint mission to deliver you practical guidance, our end of year wrap-up highlights the most significant technology … Continued

Peter Francis Partner


Peter has been a practising lawyer for over 27 years, principally within the areas of intellectual property, information technology, commercial law, licensing, trade practices, telecommunications and privacy.

Peter has been particularly involved in intellectual property matters relating to the arts, especially on behalf of statutory bodies. He has for many years acted for Film Victoria and Cinemedia in relation to film and television matters including script development, film production, financing and distribution, and has advised on a wide range of copyright issues, particularly in relation to emerging technologies.  He has acted for a number of independent film producers.  Peter also acts for the recently formed Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Legal Expertise

  • Commercial law
  • Information technology
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing
  • Privacy
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade practices

Relevant Experience

Advising numerous public and private sector clients in relation to:

  • Copyright, particularly in relation to emerging technologies.
  • General commercial work, including mergers and acquisitions, distribution agreements, joint ventures and shareholders agreements.
  • Intellectual property and information technology.
  • Licensing of intellectual property and technology.
  • Particular issues relating to film, computer games and on-line broadcasting.
  • Patent advice.
  • Trademark registration and infringement.


The 2012/13 Asia Pacific Legal 500 rankings acknowledged Peter in IP category quoting a client who described him as being ‘quick to grasp the issues’ and ‘able to deliver accurate legal advice’.