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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 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

Latest News

Maddocks appoints restructuring and insolvency partner in Sydney January 14, 2019

Monday 14 January  Maddocks has appointed its second new partner in a month with the appointment of Danielle Funston. Danielle is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer who advises clients on recoveries, liquidations, corporate restructuring and … Continued

Latest Article

Made in Australia: Tightened restrictions on the use of country of origin labels January 14, 2019

The recent decision of Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v Australian Made Campaign Limited by the Federal Court of Australia has provided much needed guidance on the requirements for ‘Made in Australia’ and other country … 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’.