Kevin Ashby

Kevin Ashby 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

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 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.

Firm Overview:

We are an international award winning criminal defence law firm based in Sydney, Australia’s global city.

Established for over 50 years we are market leaders in all aspects of general, complex and international criminal law and are widely recognised for our involvement in some of Australia’s most significant criminal cases.

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 criminal case for over half a century, including leading cases in the High Court of Australia and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

We are experts in assisting companies and individuals the subject of white collar and corporate crime investigations and prosecutions. We specialise in matters involving money laundering, complex fraud, domestic and foreign bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, taxation offences, and other dishonesty offences, which are prosecuted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Commonwealth DPP (CDPP), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the State Police, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

We act in complex crimes such as murders, sexual assaults, drug importations and frauds and are acknowledged experts in general crime, drink driving and traffic law (including license appeals).

We have specialist capabilities in Crime Commissions, Royal Commissions and ICAC inquiries as well as a niche practice in civil proceedings against the Police for malicious prosecution.

Our international criminal law practice focuses on transnational corporate and financial crime, bribery and corruption, international money laundering, cybercrime, international asset freezing and forfeiture, extradition and mutual assistance law.

We strategically advise and appear in matters where transnational cross border investigations and prosecutions are being conducted in parallel jurisdictions, involving some of the largest law enforcement agencies and financial regulators world-wide.

Working with our international partners we have advised and acted in proceedings involving the USA, Canada, the UK, the E.U, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, British Virgin Islands, New Zealand and South Africa.

We are approached regularly by international lawyers to provide expert advice and consultancy assistance concerning Australian criminal law, Australian criminal practice and procedure and compliance with Australia’s Anti – Money Laundering laws.

Our approach to criminal litigation is client focused and involves a deep understanding of criminal practice and procedure, both locally and internationally, combined with strategy, legal technical excellence and sophisticated advocacy.

Our Sydney criminal lawyers are recognised as amongst Australia’s leading lawyers as well as the rising stars of criminal law.

Bryan McMahon

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 arbitrations. 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 specialty in 1998. He is one of only about 20 such recognised specialist lawyers in the Sydney and New South Wales area.

Edward J. Blakely

Emeritus Professor

University of California at Berkeley & Univ of Sydney


LLM Pritzker, School of Law Northwestern Univ (USA)

Graduate Diploma Public and Corporate Finance/Real Estate (IE Univ Spain)

Graduate Certificate in Global Law (Griffith Univ, Aus int’l private law & arbitration)

Certificate Mediation, Australian Disputes Centre

Acting Commissioner New South Wales Land & Environment Court

Mediator New South Wales Commissioner Small Business

Mediator Office of the Franchising Mediation Adviser—national panel all States & Territories, Australian Government

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 recognized 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.

International Council Commercial Arbitrators

International Mediation Network

CERTIFIED AUSTRALIA & INTERNATIONAL Alternate Dispute Resolution and


New South Wales and International Bar Associations

Aaron Bourke

Aaron Bourke 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.

His expertise is across multiple industries including energy & resources, mining services, aviation, agriculture, retail, health, construction, aged care, education and manufacturing.

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

Firm Overview:

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2000 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, we help clients to open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.