George works with fashion brands, brewing companies, technology companies, digital agencies, artists, writers, designers, architects and other creators to secure and commercialise their intellectual property.
Above all, George is a people person. She loves working with creative people and businesses and has a reputation for providing robust representation and sound strategic guidance and legal advice.
George has been practising as an IP lawyer since 2003 in Australia and the UK. In addition to her experience in private practice, George has significant industry experience in entertainment and publishing, having worked as the Head of Legal for Madman Media Group (Aus) and Phaidon Press (UK).
George is listed as a leading lawyer in her field by legal directories, including Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers of Australia in The Australian Financial Review.
Joel works with retailers, food producers and restaurateurs, producers of beauty products, international associates and professional service providers to secure and protect their brands, clear a path for new products, sign good contracts, stop infringements and firmly bat away unwarranted IP claims made against them. He is a plainly spoken lawyer who quickly gets to the point.
Joel has been practising as an IP lawyer since 2003, exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining By George, Joel was a Partner of a city firm where he headed up the IP Department. Joel has worked in-house with a prestigious medical research institute, with the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and with small, medium and large firms. Joel is a registered trade marks attorney and holds a Masters of IP law.
It’s fair to say that Joel understands the pros and cons of working with different types of law firms, having been on most of the rides himself.
James is happiest de-mystifying the law and making it relatable in a commercial context. He has significant experience across a range of industries, although he is best known as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the alcoholic beverages industry.
James has worked as a commercial lawyer since the late 80s which led to him developing an IP specialisation. Prior to joining By George, James ran his own practice for 20 years, following a decade working inhouse for two listed companies. James started his career working for Baker McKenzie. He is a registered trade marks attorney, holds a Master of Laws and Grad Dip in IP Law.
Unlike most of the legal profession, being an older male lawyer on the By George team is a bit like being a unicorn. James is very happy to share his vast commercial and IP experience with clients and the team.
Natalia (Tali) is as passionate about brands as her clients are. She knows that at the heart of every brand is a story – and that story is worth protecting. Tali works with online businesses, software providers, beauty companies, fashion brands and food & beverage providers seeking to protect and enforce their valuable trade marks, copyright and designs. She also works with overseas trade mark lawyers whose clients need guidance from a local expert in navigating complex IP disputes down under. For Tali, good IP management isn’t just about achieving legal compliance; it’s about giving clients a competitive edge.
Tali has been practising law since 2009, working almost exclusively in full-service commercial firms at the big end of town. Most recently, she was a Senior Lawyer in the IP team of a top-tier national firm. Tali is our resident Law Nerd, having graduated dux of Monash University Law School, collecting the Supreme Court Prize and University Medal along the way. In 2010, Tali was an Associate to the Chief Judge of the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Tali holds a Masters of IP and is also a registered trade marks attorney.
Tony works with creative and marketing agencies, food and beverage brands, fashion houses, hospitality businesses, artists, designers, musicians, photographers and other creative businesses to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property rights. He has specific expertise in managing international trade mark portfolios and ensuring the valuable branding assets of his clients are protected.
Tony is known for his precise contract drafting skills and commercially-minded approach.
Tony has been practising as an IP and commercial lawyer since 2012 and is a registered trade marks attorney.
Tony is passionate about assisting creatively-driven businesses with their legal needs, and takes the time to ensure his clients understand all of the legal and commercial considerations in play, so they can make strong and informed business decisions.
Lesley is a fan of success in all its forms. She enjoys bringing structure and clarity to legal issues to support clients to resolve their legal problems, develop their businesses and commercialise their valuable intellectual property rights.
She provides a broad range of legal services including document negotiation and drafting, corporate governance advice, enterprise structuring and contract dispute advice.
Lesley has been practising law since 2013 and worked exclusively at a city law firm until making the move to By George Legal in 2021. With a background in tax, corporate and commercial law, Lesley has the ability to take a wide lens approach to legal issues.
Lesley was the top-ranked student in her university year level and graduated with the Supreme Court Prize from La Trobe University in 2011.
Emma loves the world of trade marks. She works with service providers, agricultural, industrial and FMCG companies, international associates and not-for-profit organisations to protect, commercialise and enforce their trade mark rights. With a particular interest in international brand protection strategies, Emma has a reputation for providing commercial, astute advice and being a delight to deal with.
Emma is experienced in all areas of trade mark law and advises clients on selecting, clearing, prosecuting, registering and enforcing their trade mark rights, as well as trade mark opposition matters. Emma is also experienced in handling copyright matters, custom seizure programs and domain name disputes.
Emma has worked in the area of IP since 2002. She is a registered trade marks attorney (in Australia and New Zealand) and holds a Masters of IP Law.
Ila is By George’s law graduate and soon-to-be lawyer.
She has a passion for fashion, art, design, food and beverages, and a growing appreciation for a well-crafted contract. She’s also a lover of foreign languages being fluent in both German and Mandarin. Ila is interested in business/commercial strategy and how people and businesses can best leverage their IP.
Prior to starting at By George, Ila completed a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Melissa is By George’s office manager. Melissa previously worked in finance as a securities analyst and now enjoys applying her considerable finance skills and meticulous attention to detail to keeping By George’s office functions in ship shape. Melissa is highly valued for her excellent problem solving skills, leaving the rest of the team more time to solve yours.
Kerryn is a qualified lawyer who previously worked as an Associate with a boutique city firm and now enjoys working behind the scenes as an Office Administrator at By George Legal. Kerryn knows how law firms work and she applies her considerable legal experiences to our office systems to keep everything humming in a slick and efficient manner.
Harry is the latest addition to the By George team. He is a passionate Monash law student with an increasing knowledge of Australian trade mark practice and a particular interest in hospitality, retail and creative businesses.
Harry has previously worked in education and mental health, and is responsible for administrative legal tasks at By George.
Outside of work you are likely to find Harry at the beach or going for a run through the streets of Melbourne.
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What do we believe in?
We crusade against gendered hierarchies, and hierarchies in general
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