Kevin Ashby

Kevin Ashby is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details above.

Kevin is a former chemical engineer who took an interest in intellectual property and became a patent attorney. Kevin has qualified* and worked in various countries on different continents and in and with different industries. He can probably help you through the minefield of IP law.

He has real chemical engineering experience – not merely a degree – and has worked in the field in oil and gas refining and uranium processing, but it was while working in the seductive world of diamond synthesis that he got hooked on intellectual property law.

From there he qualified as a lawyer and a patent attorney, becoming registered in his native South Africa and 12 years ago in Australia. He transitioned between these two countries via a spell working in-house in Europe in a world leader in food and nutrition. Through out his career he has been involved in patenting inventions in many vastly differing jurisdictions and has a network of agents and associates to call on for local assistance, when required.

His current practice includes a significant proportion of industrial design and trade mark related work.

My Services:

Patenting, design and trade mark attorney services – especially interested in up and coming companies and businesses. Innovation inspires.

But managing intellectual property development and usage to sustain an enterprise is where I add most value.

It is deeply satisfying to help start-ups work out strategies for building their businesses using the power of patents, designs and trade marks to support and achieve objectives.

When conflicts arise (as they tend to do) I am on hand to defend my clients’ intellectual property, ensuring their exclusive rights continue.

Industrial Experience:

  • Oil and gas refining
  • Oil from coal synthesis
  • Coal mining
  • Process metallurgy
  • Process optimization
  • Water harvesting
  • Drilling
  • Food processing
  • Animal nutrition
  • Diamond mining, detection and recovery
  • Diamond cutting
  • Electronic applications for diamonds
  • Diamond synthesis
  • Cutting tools and abrasives

Professional Memberships:

  • Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Former Registered Professional Engineer
  • Registered Patent Attorney and Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (non practising)
  • Former Member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law

Tania Petsinis

Tania Petsinis is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tania directly using the contact details above.

A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognisable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings. It is legally recognised as a type of intellectual property.

The first legislative act concerning trademarks was passed in 1266 under the reign of Henry III, requiring all bakers to use a distinctive mark for the bread they sold. The first modern trademark laws emerged in the late 19th century. In France the first comprehensive trademark system in the world was passed into law in 1857. The Trade Marks Act 1938 of the United Kingdom changed the system, permitting registration based on “intent-to-use”, creating an examination based process, and creating an application publication system. The 1938 Act, which served as a model for similar legislation elsewhere, contained other novel concepts such as “associated trademarks”, a consent to use system, a defensive mark system, and non claiming right system.

The symbols ™ (the trademark symbol) and ® (the registered trademark symbol) can be used to indicate trademarks; the latter is only for use by the owner of a trademark that has been registered.

Phillip Gibson

Phillip Gibson is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Phillip directly using the contact details listed above.

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime.

In the field of domestic and local criminal law our reputation has been built on the principles of delivering the highest quality legal service in every type of case for over half a century, including leading cases in the High Court of Australia and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Firm Overview:

Sydney’s Leading Defence Lawyers

Our defence lawyers are committed to providing you with the highest level of service, and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

We are based in Sydney, but attend courts across NSW and the ACT.

For a comprehensive list of our awards please see Criminal Lawyers Awards.

For 24/7 advice on any criminal law matter, contact our defence lawyers based in the Sydney and Parramatta CBD or call us on 1300 765 801.

Bryan McMahon

Bryan McMahon is our exclusively recommended Insurance Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Bryan directly using the contact details listed above.

Bryan is the founder of the firm and is the Principal Lawyer in our Insurance department. Bryan has more than 35 years’ experience and holds a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Sydney.

During his career, Bryan has conducted litigation in almost every jurisdiction in the country as well as most forms of alternative dispute resolution including International Chamber of Commerce arbitration’s. He has been involved in numerous reported decisions in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Bryan acts for both plaintiffs and defendants and is completely focused on realistically achieving the best possible result for his clients whether by way of informal dispute resolution or through litigation

He is a Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in commercial litigation, and he completed the insurance law strand of that speciality in 1998. He is one of only about 20 such recognised specialist lawyers in the Sydney and New South Wales area.

Dr. Edward J. Blakely

Dr. Edward J. Blakely is an Acting Commissioner on the New South Wales Land and Environment Court where he is involved in alternate dispute resolution services. Previously, he served as a Commissioner for the Central District (Greater Parramatta, the Hills, Blacktown and Cumberland) Greater Sydney Commission. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and formerly with the United States Studies. He is the founder and principal of the Cities Leadership Institute in Australia.

He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post includes coordinating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to accomplish this task. He was formerly Dean of the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University.

Ed is an internationally recognised leader in urban community development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He serves on several corporate boards including a several multi-million-dollar real estate development firm. He also served on several US stock exchange board and officer on the Board of ESA one of the largest environmental firms in the United States. He was a principal with Humboldt Realty of Oakland, California. He served on the Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank. Ed served in the Nixon era Dept of State that opened China among other noteworthy accomplishment of that President on the international front. Post Nixon, Ed served in a variety of diplomatic and international aide roles in negotiation and conflict resolution. He has a strong background in international private and public international law. He was named by President Clinton to serve as Vice Chairman of the Presidio Trust and served in the Nixon Administration as well as advisory roles for three other White Houses. He has been engaged in both urban and rural research. His rural research gained him the Community Development Research award in 2002. His urban research led Samuel Guggenheim Fellowship 1995. He has been a named lecturer or visiting faculty member at University of Venice (Current) Oxford, Cambridge, Rutgers, and Harvard, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Penn, UCLA, Sydney University, Melbourne University, and several internationally prestigious forums. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Development and Transportation. He currently holds visiting professorships at the University of the Vaal n South Africa and the University of Venice in Italy as well as Emeritus Dean and Professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the New School, New York.

Ed is a mediator and dispute resolution specialists, in complex cases for the land and environment court regarding land use, planning, design, construction and related matters. He has been a court appointed mediator and conciliator for major infrastructure, insurance and related business disputes. He has worked on First Peoples’ issue regarding and land commercial disputes in the United States and Australia. He serves on the New South Wales Small Business Commissioner and the Australian National Franchise Mediation Panel.

Aaron Bourke

Aaron Bourke is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Aaron directly using the contact details listed above.

Aaron is a partner in the Banking and Finance team in the Brisbane office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in corporate & leveraged acquisition finance, property & construction finance, project finance and asset finance. Aaron also practices in the area of credit restructurings, secondary debt trading and insolvency. He represents both financiers and borrowers which gives him an in-depth understanding of the market place and the competing tensions within a transaction. Aaron also has cross-border expertise having worked on numerous security and other finance issues in the US, PRC, Asia, UK, N.Z., Europe, Middle East and South America.

Aaron is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Law School where he wrote and lectures the law school’s Banking & Finance subject. Aaron is also a contributor to the latest edition of the firm’s text book ‘Australian Finance Law’. He was Best Lawyer’s Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year for Brisbane in 2017.

Aaron has advised on corporate financing’s for Hyne & Son, Silver Chef, Pepper Home Loans, Tatts Group, Devine Limited, Alliance Airlines, Australian Country Choice, National Storage Limited, Cardno, Australian Agricultural Company and leveraged acquisition financing for Puma Energy, McAleese, Super Retail, Industrea and L J Hooker. He has worked on property and construction transactions involving the Soul, Sheraton and Oracle towers on the Gold Coast, the Mirage Resorts, the Green Island Resort and the Qantas Headquarters in Sydney. Aaron has worked on project financing for Horizon Oil, Central Queensland Port Authority, Pan Aust Limited, Macarthur Coal, GE, and numerous projects for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

His experience in credit restructures, secondary debt trading and insolvency includes credit restructures, debt trades and related work involving Raptis, Octaviar (MFS) entities, HMP Group, WOW Sight and Sound, Juniper entities (Soul) and ABC Learning.

Aaron Bourke has drafted a complete package of retail and commercial documents for Bank of Queensland and advised on regulatory and integration issues.