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 World Trademark Review, Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers of Australia in The Australian Financial Review.
The best thing about Joel is that people actually like reading his emails. He has a knack for explaining difficult concepts, getting to the point and using warmth and humour to keep it engaging. He’ll help you make a well-informed decision without feeling like you’re walking in a swamp of legal guff.
Joel works with retailers, restaurateurs, beauty businesses and a large network of international lawyers who refer their clients to him for help in Australia and New Zealand. His work involves securing and protecting brands, clearing a path for new products, signing good contracts and stopping infringements. But his favourite task is to firmly bat away unwarranted IP claims made against his clients.
Joel has been an IP lawyer for over 20 years. He works 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 for several years. 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 trademark attorney and holds a Masters of IP law. He is also our resident notary public.
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’s happiest when representing clients in brand-related opposition proceedings and negotiating pragmatic commercial resolutions where possible. For Tali, a brand is much more than the sum of name, logo and tagline. A brand is a story that a brand-owner creates but that lives in the mind of the consumer. Registrable IP assets are fundamental to any brand, and Tali will protect and defend them like they’re her own.
Tali works across many sectors but has a particular fondness for fashion and consumer technology. Her happy place is running trade mark protection programs and representing clients in disputes in Australia and New Zealand. Tali has a weird mix of ego and optimism that combine magically to make her a fierce but fair negotiator. Even her opponents say this, so it must be true.
Tali has been practising law since 2009. She worked in full-service commercial firms at the top end of town for the best part of a decade before seeing the light and joining By George Legal.
Tali graduated dux of Monash University Law School. She was awarded the Supreme Court Prize and University Medal for her academic efforts. She was also appointed an Associate to the Chief Judge of Common Law at the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Tali holds a Masters of IP and is a registered trademarks attorney.
Jen likes to keep things simple for her clients. She loves efficiency and prides herself on being easy to work with, responsive and concise. Jen’s approach allows her clients to stay focused on their core business knowing their IP is in good hands.
Jen works with brand owners across a diverse range of industries including retail, luxury goods, beauty, entertainment and media, food and beverage and technology. Jen’s work includes clearing new brands and products for use and registration and assisting clients to make or defend infringement claims.
Jen has been practising as an IP lawyer in Australia since 2006. Prior to joining By George, Jen worked in the IP team at a large commercial firm for over 17 years and represented some of the world’s most well-known brands. She has a background in IP litigation, with a focus on trade mark prosecution and opposition proceedings in more recent years. Jen holds a Master of IP Law.
Tony works with a diverse range of creatively driven businesses to help protect, commercialise, and enforce their IP rights. He provides clear, practical legal advice to his clients, ensuring they understand all the legal and commercial considerations in play so they can make strong and informed business decisions.
Tony has specific expertise in managing international trade mark portfolios and handling disputes across all types of IP, including trade mark oppositions and domain name disputes. He’s also skilled in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, which he relies on in tackling complex IP licensing and transactional issues, and in advising on privacy law issues.
Tony has been practicing as an IP and commercial lawyer since 2012 and is a registered trademarks attorney.
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.
Ila is By George’s newest 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 General 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, our Law Graduate, earned his stripes as By George’s paralegal.
After working on the administrative side of the business for 18 months, Harry now applies his expanding legal skillset to develop strategic and commercially intelligent solutions for our clients.
Harry is passionate about IP protection, with a special interest in hospitality, retail and creative businesses.
Outside of work, you are likely to find Harry at the beach or going for a run through the streets of Melbourne.
What do we believe in?
We crusade against gendered hierarchies, and hierarchies in general
Helping creative businesses reap the benefit of their creativity, efforts and energy
Our clients! We love your brands and we believe in what you do. We drink your beer, we wear your hoodies, we sit on your chairs, we drink your coffee and we cook with your olive oil.