Involvement with the profession and the community

I am actively involved with continuing legal education, as a member of the committees which organise seminars for ADLS and IPSANZ. I also present seminars and lectures myself on a regular basis on a range of topics including IP, property and contract.

I have contributed to a variety of legal publications including the New Zealand Law Journal, the New Zealand Intellectual Property Law Journal, Law News, Waikato Law Review and NZ Lawyer. I am also the author of the following texts:

  • Contributing author to the leading New Zealand text “Intellectual Property Law” (looseleaf/online, LexisNexis) (2010 to present). I am responsible for the Trade Marks section (with Associate Professor Rob Batty, previously by Paul Sumpter), the Designs section (previously Paul Sumpter), and some of the Copyright sections.
  • Author of chapters regarding IPONZ and the Copyright Tribunal in the text “New Zealand Tribunals: Law and Practice”, published by Thomson Reuters in 2020.

I have taught postgraduate and undergraduate papers in intellectual property, as a visiting lecturer at the University of Auckland. I also regularly present seminars and conference papers to law firms and organisations such as IPSANZ, ADLS and NZLS, in New Zealand and Australia.

University courses (selected)

  • Adjunct lecturer “Innovation and IP” course (University of Auckland’s Department of Commercial Law, 2017)
  • Adjunct lecturer, “Copyright” intensive postgraduate paper (University of Auckland, 2011 and 2013)
  • Guest lecturer, “Theatre Production” course (University of Auckland, 2016 to present)

Other seminars and conference papers (selected)

  • “Interim injunctions in intellectual property cases” (IPSANZ, 2022)
  • “Statutory Demands: Tricks and traps from both sides of the fence” (ADLS, 2021)
  • “Enforcing Judgments” (ADLS, 2020 and NZLS, 2021)
  • “Plant variety rights – lessons from Zespri v Gao” (IPSANZ, 2020)
  • “Transferring property obligations: Nomination, assignment and novation” (ADLS, 2019)
  • “Practical issues in assessing damages or accounts of profits in IP cases” (IPSANZ annual conference, Queenstown, 2018)
  • “Originating applications made easy” workshop (ADLS, 2017 and 2018)
  • “Patents – sufficiency, support and best method” (IPTA annual conference, Perth, Australia, 2017)
  • “Patents: staying on the right side of the disclosure rules” (IPSANZ, 2017)
  • “Dealing with the Bolt from the Blue – Managing ICT Disputes” at NZLS Cyber Law Conference (2016)
  • “How to not mess up an IP case” (IPSANZ, 2016)
  • Chair, “IP and Commercial Issues” conference (Legalwise, 2016)
  • “When an IP Disaster Strikes: Managing Intellectual Property Disputes” (ADLS, 2015)
  • Panel discussion on intellectual property and music (NZIPA, 2015)
  • “Using Competitors’ Brands – An Update on AdWords and Comparative Advertising” (ADLS, 2014)
  • “Musical issues in copyright law” (IPSANZ, 2012)

Various seminars/workshops presented to law firms in Australia and throughout New Zealand.

  • Named as a leading barrister for intellectual property disputes in New Zealand by Doyle’s Guide (2016 onwards), World Trademark Review WTR 1000 (2017-2019, barristers no longer eligible), Best Lawyers Guide (2019 onwards) and Chambers and Partners (2020 onwards)
  • Expert adjudicator on domain name disputes for the New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner since 2016
  • Member of the New Zealand committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) since 2008 including term as Chair (2018-20)
  • Member of Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Auckland District Law Society and various sub-committees organising seminars since 2015
  • Member of the Board of Shortland Chambers (2018-20) and the Shortland Chambers New Members Committee (recruitment and diversity) since 2016
  • Member of NZ Bar Association, Auckland District Law Society, Legal Research Foundation and NZ Law Society, and Associate Member of Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
  • Auckland Community Law Centre pro bono bankruptcy advice service
  • Patron, Auckland Writers Festival
  • Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Te Huruhi School
  • Organiser and presenter of legal careers seminar at University of Waikato (2010 to present)
  • Acting on a full pro bono and discounted fee basis for various clients (schools, charities, individuals in special circumstances)

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