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Advising on tech company IPOs July 6, 2018

Silicon Valley-based technology company Pivotal Systems launched an initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 2 July 2018. The IPO raised $53.5 million, placing the value of the specialist … Continued

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Maddocks acts on major mining acquisition July 17, 2018

Tuesday 17 July 2018 Law firm Maddocks has advised Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd (CMC) on its purchase of 100 percent of Benagerie Gold Pty Ltd, which holds the Benagerie mining lease, from Havilah … Continued

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NSW Crown land reforms have commenced – what do local councils need to know? July 18, 2018

The majority of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2018. The Act significantly reforms the use and management of Crown land in NSW. This article provides an overview of the key reforms, … 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’.