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Shaun Creighton

Director, Lawyer and Registered Trade Mark Attorney

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Master of Laws (Intellectual Property)

Bachelor of Applied Science

Master of Business Administration

Expertise (Summary):

Shaun Creighton is a commercial lawyer with specialist expertise in the identification, protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

Shaun regularly assists small and start up businesses as part of ARETE Group’s Start Me Up!™ offerings. Typically this may entail identifying a client’s initial legal requirements (e.g. shareholders’ agreement, trade mark registration, standard trading terms & conditions) and packaging these needs into a cost-effective solution.

At the other end of the spectrum, Shaun has expertise and experience negotiating significant technology, broadcasting and general commercial agreements.

As a dual Olympian, Shaun has an extensive network in the sports and events industries. As part of ARETE Group’s thriving sports law practice group, he represents professional athletes, national sporting organisations, media outlets and event organisers on matters ranging from drafting sponsorship and merchandising agreements to broadcasting rights disputes, copyright advice, trade mark registration services, selection appeals, privacy, governance advice and Competition and Consumer Act issues.

Shaun is the currently a National Selector for Track and Field in Australia and is the Secretary of the Canberra International Film Festival.

As a registered trade mark attorney, Shaun regularly provides a full range of trade mark related services and advice. Again, this ranges from assisting small start up businesses, through to managing large trade mark portfolios.

Summary of Key Experiences:

  • In-house Legal Counsel roles at the Australian Sports Commission, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, the Melbourne Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race and Airservices Australia.
  • Drafting and negotiating certification trade mark licence agreements.
  • Assisting clients register certification trade marks, series trade marks and shape trade marks.
  • Negotiation of free-to-air and pay-tv broadcasting agreements.
  • Providing legal advice and services on major procurement activities and projects involving complex IT and telecommunications systems.
  • Drafting and negotiating complex sale of business agreements, including those involving the sale of multiple business units, multiple different franchises and multiple different leases.
  • Drafting and negotiating franchise agreements and master franchise agreements (including first hand experience as a franchisee and master franchisee).
  • IP infringement advice and services.

Margaret Grant

Lawyer and Health Regulation Advisor

Qualifications:

Juris Doctor

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Master of Education

Expertise (Summary):

Margaret Grant is a part-time lawyer with ARETE Group. She is an expert in health law and leads our health law and regulation practice area. With qualifications in law, physiotherapy and education coupled with extensive practical and managerial experience in the health sector, Margaret has a particular interest and expertise in the law relating to regulation of the health and related professions, together with privacy law including issues surrounding health information as personal information.

Summary of Key Experiences:

  • Privacy advice to Government agencies in relation to the handling, storage and disclosure of personal information.
  • Governance advice to National Health Organisations, including advice on and drafting of amendments to constitutions and bylaws
  • Advice in relation to the regulation of health practitioners
  • Advice on and drafting of standards of practice and codes of conduct
  • Advice on and drafting of accreditation standards and processes
  • Advice on and drafting of employment contracts and service agreements

Kim Crow

Lawyer

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Bachelor of Media and Communications

Expertise (Summary):

Kim Crow is a part-time lawyer with ARETE Group, spending the remainder of her time training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, having returned from the London 2012 Olympic Games with a silver medal and a bronze medal. Kim joined our predecessor firm (Buchanan Law) in 2010.

In addition to her impressive sporting results, Kim has considerable experience in sports law, having completed an internship at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in 2009. It is not surprising that with this experience, Kim plays an important role in the ARETE Group sports law practice, including providing services and advice in relation to sports tribunal matters.

Kim’s media and communications qualifications add value to her contribution in the ARETE Group’s media, telecommunications, broadcasting, and entertainment law practice area. Kim also has a strong interest in trade mark law and provides services in ARETE’s trade mark practice.

Kim is the Chairperson of the Australian Olympic Committee Athlete Commission and sits on the AOC Executive.

Summary of Key Experiences:

  • Court of Arbitration for Sport intern.
  • Drafting trade mark submissions, including opposition evidence.
  • Successful hearings before Trade Marks Hearing Officers.
  • Drafting submissions for non-selection appeals.
  • Drafting athlete agreements and sponsorship agreements.

James O’Connell

Trade Mark Manager

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws

Graduate Diploma Legal Practice

Bachelor of Arts (Drama)

Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA)

Expertise (Summary):

James graduated from the Australian National University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Drama). In October 2008, James was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory. James worked in our predecessor firm Buchanan Law, and prior to joining our team, James worked as an Examiner of Trade Marks at IP Australia where he gained firsthand experience in the trade mark application and registration processes.

In his (part-time) role at the ARETE Group, James works together with the rest of the team to provide clients with vital insights into a wide range of issues affecting trade mark, designs and related commercial matters. James’ current role does not include provision of legal services or advice.

James is also a professional actor.

Jacinta Thurston

Lawyer and Practice Manager

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Expertise (Summary):

Jacinta joined our predecessor firm (Buchanan Law) in 2008 as a law student and paralegal. In 2011 Jacinta graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT in 2013. In 2012 Jacinta moved back to her home town, Forbes in New South Wales, where she now works remotely for ARETE Group as a lawyer and office manager providing ARETE's legal services to client's in the ACT and NSW. Jacinta has a strong interest in property law and is the sole lawyer responsible for conveyancing at ARETE Group.

Jacinta also has a strong interest in intellectual property law, having previously featured one of her inventions on the New Inventors program on the ABC. She is experienced in all aspects of Australian trade mark law including filing trade mark applications, drafting submissions in response to examiner adverse reports and trade mark registration and renewal. Jacinta also provides commercial law services including debt recovery advice, employment contracts, contractor agreements, sale of business agreements, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, and lease reviews to clients in the ACT and NSW.

Andrew Cash

Junior Lawyer (Graduate) and Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

Qualifications:

Juris Doctor (1st Class Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (expected completion August 2014)

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Information Systems)

Expertise (Summary):

Andrew Cash is a graduate lawyer and trainee trade mark attorney with ARETE Group. He has 11 years of public service experience with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Department of Finance. A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Andrew has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Air Combat Officer, and has extensive experience in government procurement, national security requirements (vetting and physical security) and intellectual property and IT matters. Andrew has a strong background in all things relating to computers and technology, is currently studying to gain admission to the ACT Supreme Court in August 2014 and to become a registered trade mark attorney.

Summary of Key Experiences:

  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  • Advice on and drafting Commonwealth contracting and tender processes
  • Developing skills in the application, registration and protection of various forms of Intellectual Property

Jodie Newall

Graduate Lawyer

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (expected completion August 2014)

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Information Systems)

Expertise (Summary):

Jodie graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Corporate Sustainability in 2013. As a professional dressage rider, while completing her studies Jodie also campaigned a team of horses at CDI and CDI-W competitions throughout Eastern Australia, including three horses at Grand Prix level. Jodie first represented Australia at the age of twenty and continues to compete at the elite end of the sport. Jodie has managed her own equestrian business for seven years. Having spent more than twelve years as an active member of the equine community and with experience as a rider, trainer, coach, judge and committee member, Jodie is the main point of contact for ARETE Group’s racing and equine law specialisation.

Summary of Key Experiences:

Drafting agreements relating to ARETE Group’s equine law specialisation, including agreements relating to:

  • the sale (or joint ownership) of horses;
  • Advice on and drafting Commonwealth contracting and tender processes
  • the sale (or joint ownership) of horses;
  • training of horses;
  • agistment agreements;
  • advising on Personal Property Security Act issues associated with the sale of horses