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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.

Scott Hogan

Lawyer (currently overseas)

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Bachelor of Sports Media

Expertise (Summary):

Scott Hoganbegan work with the ARETE Group predecessor firm (Buchanan Law) in 2006, and,prior to his temporary relocation overseas, was a lawyer at a top tier law firm in Canberra.

Scott’s most recent experience has been workingwith corporate and government clients. Hehas provided a broad range of commercial advice and services to both private and public sector clients, with a particular emphasis on advising the Commonwealth Government.

Scott has a particular fondness for intellectual property matters. He is experiencedin all aspects of trade mark law including filing trade mark applications, drafting pre-filing clearance advice, and drafting submissions in response to examiner adverse reports and opposition proceedings.He also has experience in relation wider intellectual property issues, including advising government clients in relation to various copyright, design and patent issues.

Scott has a strong interest in corporate governance, and completed his honours thesis on regulation of corporate insider trading within Australia. As an extension to this, he takes particular pride in assisting individuals and companies in relation to their business start up requirements, for example advising in relation to business structures, drafting founders’ agreements such as shareholder and partnership agreements and drafting employment contracts.

Scott’s sports media qualifications also add value to his contributions in the ARETE Group media, sports and entertainment law practice areas.

Summary of Key Experiences:

  • Part of a team that advised the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in relation to its $650 million GP Super Clinic initiative to establish multidisciplinary health clinics across Australia.
  • Acted for the Commonwealth Department of Defence in relation to a variety of intellectual property matters, including in relation to a patent ownership dispute, issues concerning product and technology licensing agreements and claims of copyright and design infringement.
  • Part of a team that assisted the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation with their $32 million Whole-of-Government Travel Services procurement to supply aggregated travel services to the Commonwealth Government, public service agencies and parliamentarians.
  • Acted for a variety of private sector clients, including the Canberra Calvary Hospital in preparing and negotiating a services agreement and lease for the provision of MRI services and providing advice and drafting settlement agreements in relation to the liquidation of a variety of companies.
  • Secondments to the ACT Law Society to assist with the ACT Pro Bono Clearing House initiative and to Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in relation to the GP Super Clinics matter outlined above.

Gary Lea

Consultant (Overseas Associate & Trade Marks)*

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Master of Laws (Commercial & Corporate Law)

Master of Phil (Software Protection)

Expertise (Summary):

Gary handles a variety of overseas legal and trade mark issues. He also provides internal research, drafting and technical support to the firm across both its domestic and international operations. Gary has previously worked both in Australia and the UK as a Trade Mark Assistant, Lecturer in IP, Senior Research Fellow in IP, Senior Lecturer in Business Law, consultant and author. Over the years, he has additionally undertaken teaching, training and advisory roles for a broad range of private and public sector bodies.

Gary has experience in software development and related ICT projects.

Gary is currently completing studies to become a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in Australia.

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.

Nathan Deakes

Graduate Lawyer

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance

Expertise (Summary):

Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance in 2009 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Canberra in 2011, and is working towards admission to the Supreme Court of the ACT in 2013. A four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic medallist, Nathan completed his Honours thesis on non-analytical and circumstantial evidence in sports doping violations.

Nathan has a strong interest in sports law, intellectual property law, public companies law, criminal law, and competition and consumer law. Nathan works part-time at ARETE Group, providing services in our trade mark and sports law practices. He also provides lecturing and tutoring in law at the University of Canberra.

Jacinta Thurston

Graduate Lawyer

Jacinta joined our predecessor firm (Buchanan Law) in 2008 as a law student and paralegal. At ARETE Group, Jacinta undertakes a dual role of graduate lawyer and office manager.

Jacinta has a strong interest in intellectual property law, having previously featured one of her inventions on The Inventors program on ABC.

Campbell Hasler

Law student

Campbell joined ARETE Group as a para-legal in 2013.

Campbell has a strong interest in sports law, and contributes to the strong ARETE Group sports law practice area.

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