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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

In good hands: Maddocks advises on physio business acquisition April 11, 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Maddocks has advised Zenitas Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of the Agewell Physiotherapy business. Agewell is a mobile physiotherapy provider servicing residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and communities in New … Continued

Latest Article

The right to use plans prepared by a design consultant: the devil is in the detail April 11, 2018

When a design consultant (such as an architect or engineer) brings their plans or designs into material form, copyright will usually subsist in those documents as an artistic work. The designer owns that copyright unless … Continued

Peter Francis Partner

Background

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.

Recognition

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’.