Q&As

Blake Knowles on Managing IP Portfolios

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Blake Knowles is a Principal and Head of Trade Marks at Cullens. He joined Cullens in 2010 and was elevated to partner in 2014. Blake is a specialist in trade mark due diligence, registration, oppositions and dispute resolution. He has acted on behalf of clients in relation to trade mark applications, oppositions and disputes in many countries. Blake currently manages a portfolio of 5,000 trade marks. Blake has spent practically all of his adult working life in the field of trade marks. Prior to joining Cullens in 2010, Blake held a number of positions at the Australian Trade Marks Office. Blake was a Principal Examiner of Trade Marks, and also Assistant Director of the Trade Marks Hearings and Oppositions section. In his role at IP Australia, Blake was responsible for developing practice and procedure, including authoring parts of the Trade Marks Office Examination Manual. Blake has also represented the Australian Government at international conferences in the field of intellectual property. As former Principal Examiner, Blake is an expert in Australian Trade Marks Office practice. Since joining Cullens, Blake has been successful in having over 100 examination decisions successfully reviewed, based on legal argument alone. Blake has acted on behalf of many established brand owners, including ALDI, Teys, Aurizon, Billabong and Daimler. Blake also regularly acts for emerging businesses, particularly those based in Queensland.
Glen McLeod on Environmental and Planning Law for Property Lawyers

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Glen McLeod is an environmental and town planning lawyer with over 39 years of experience. He has held senior positions in major Australian, English and American law firms. In July 2012 he established his independent niche firm, Glen McLeod Legal where he practices in the areas of environmental and town planning law. He is a member of the WA Environmental Protection Authority and the Waste Authority, the Chair of the International Bar Association's Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the WA Law Society's Environment Town Planning and Local Government Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University where he teaches units in environmental and town planning law. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Murdoch Dean of Law and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was recently the recipient of the 2016 WA Law Society's Lawyer of the Year Award. Glen is the General Editor of the national loose leaf publication Planning Law in Australia and an editor of the Local Government Law Journal.
Improving Practice Profitability with Rob Knowsley

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Rob Knowsley has spent the 43-plus years since his admission as a lawyer in early 1974 working with growth-oriented legal practices in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He founded Knowsley Management Services (KMS) in early 1988. Heïs unashamedly passionate about assisting his fellow lawyers to build into their firms a strong ongoing capability to optimise their investments of money, education, experience and time, to produce proper profits .dramatically better profits than most assume possible. Heïs clear in his view that a profitable firm greatly increases options in terms of succession, a real problem for many partners in small-medium firms. Rob has a long track record of making vast improvements happen in relatively short periods of time in all manner of firms, and brings to his consultancy advice a wide experience from a range of legal roles, having practised as a Barrister and Solicitor, employed lawyer, partner and managing partner, sole practitioner, and in both private practice and Government. He has served on various State and Regional Law Society councils and committees, and Government committees, lectured and written widely on legal practice management, and is a skilled trainer and facilitator.
In conversation with Simon Cook on Knowing Your Practice Worth

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Simon specialises in providing valuation and forensic accounting services. Prior to founding Lotus Amity, he was a Forensic Accounting and Corporate Finance partner with BDO Australia and led their national forensic practice. Simon has worked on many cases in a wide range of industries, including assisting in multi-billion-dollar litigation in relation to the Bernie Madoff's $65bn Ponzi scheme. Simon has assisted in many valuation and legal matters, including transaction disputes, damages claims, shareholder disputes and matrimonial matters. Forensic services provided include risk and quantum assessment, valuations, investigations and interpretation of financial information. He acts as an expert witness, a shadow expert and assists in mediations. Simon is an Australian Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds qualifications in valuations including the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Corporate Finance) and the CA Valuation Specialist qualification. He holds a degree in Business Economics and Management Studies and a Masters Degree in Hospitality Management. He has an Institute of Arbitration & Mediators practitioner's certificate in mediation, is certified in investigations and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon has presented to many legal practitioners on topics such as accounting, valuations, using an expert, accounting ethics, cybercrime and accounting shenanigans.
Madeleine Bridgett on Family Law, Wills and Estate Disputes

Monday January 15, 2018

Madeleine Bridgett is a barrister at 6 St James Hall Chambers. She was initially called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011. After her admission in the UK she spent a year in the Niger Delta of Nigeria working for the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales where she fearlessly advocated for the rights of children whilst actively promoting the rule of law. Madeleine was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholarship by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn and as part of this scholarship she spent 3 months working for the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, where she was responsible for drafting reports regarding the admissibility of cases brought before the Court. Prior to coming to the bar, Madeleine worked as a social worker and couple and family therapist both in Australia and the UK, and has over 20 years experience working in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol, family therapy and child protection. She is a qualified family mediator and worked for Relationships Australia undertaking counselling and mediation for the Family Court of Australia. Her legal practice specialises in human rights, public law, international law, family law, succession law and commercial law. She recently appeared in a Hague Convention International Child Abduction appeal, and is representing a person on Manus Island in the Federal Court of Australia. Madeleine is a strong advocate for human rights, equality and justice. She undertakes regular pro bono work for various organisations in Australia and is the current Co-Chair of the Business and Human Rights Subcommittee for the Australian Lawyers of Human Rights. Madeleine has published work in both national and international journals and has presented at conferences globally. She is known for her fearless advocacy in the areas of children's rights, human rights and international law.
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