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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

Peter Francis Partner

Peter has three roles at Maddocks:

  • He is a longstanding partner in the Commercial team, specialising in intellectual property law;
  • He is Maddocks’ General Counsel; and
  • He is the partner responsible for Maddocks’ national pro bono program.

Peter has more than 40 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer. As a partner in the commercial team, he practises primarily in the area of intellectual property. He has a particular interest in providing strategic advice in relation to intellectual property protection. He is experienced in the  licensing of copyright, trade marks, know-how and patents.

For a client which owns well-known consumer brands, he has conducted numerous infringement cases, including one matter which  progressed to the High Court. Peter’s passion for these areas of practice remains, although the demands of his General Counsel and pro bono roles has limited the time he can give to them.

Peter has had decades of involvement in the not-for-profit sector, chairing a number of different organisations involved in aged care, disability services and working with young people involved in the youth justice system. In 2003 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for work in the community. This has provided a natural segue to leading the Maddocks’ pro bono program. This involves developing and maintaining a strong pro bono culture within the firm, unambiguous and visible management support for the pro bono program and deep and sustainable relationships with community legal centres and other community partners.

Maddocks is a signatory to the pro bono target of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and Peter coordinates pro bono activities of a large number of lawyers in the firm, working to achieve this target each year.

Finally, Peter is Maddocks’ General Counsel, a position which now demands much of his time. He chairs the firm’s risk management committee, provides guidance to Maddocks’ lawyers in relation to ethics and professional responsibility (topics on which Peter has lectured widely), ensures Maddocks’ compliance with its legal and regulatory obligations  and services the other legal requirements of the firm .