Address: 28/37 Nicholson St Balmain NSW 2041
Phone: 02 9818 1813
As an intellectual property lawyer and dispute resolution practitioner of 25+ years' experience with specific in experience in trade mark, patent & design prosecutions and opposition (both local and overseas) and Local, Federal and Supreme Court litigation, I bring structure , psychology and empathy to an intellectual property conflict. My primary focus and success is to resolve disputes in a calm, expedient and affordable manner that quickly defuses the situation and avoids the expense of litigation. My knowledge of mediation and litigation structure and the psychology of conflict allows me to defuse conflict during mediation and achieve lasting resolution. That skill allows parties to own their decisions and agreements resulting in satisfaction in the end agreement. My conflict resolution practice has a reputation for being able to bring parties to resolution where the parties had been so at odds that a resolution was never previously been thought possible. The most common comment I receive at the end of a mediation private meeting is " WOW, I feel so much better as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders".
I have mostly helped parties in IP, IT and commercial disputes but, I also provide a pro bono practice for creatives. I work closely with clients' solicitors, accountants and offer telephone and online mediation for parties Australia wide.
Mediation and conciliation is at the core of who I am and what I do and I obtain incredible personal satisfaction from helping people to resolution. I consider that my wide experience makes me unique in IP mediation. I work for people in conflict all the time.
IP related mediations conducted by the Applicant:
The majority of my mediations have involved trade marks and copyright disputes. All have been resolved in a single day mediation. All parties have been happy with the result such that none of the matters that I have resolved with the parties have been subsequently litigated.
Confidentiality obliges me not to reveal any further details. However, I consider that I am uniquely qualified to support parties to resolve disputes in a commercial manner especially trade mark matters.
Bachelor of Law, M Arts
Studying at College of Law for a Masters in Commercial Litigation which includes mediation Member of Australian Mediation Association
Member INTA, llPS, LES, Inst of Patent Attorneys of Australia
Australia wide accreditation as a mediator through the Australian Mediation Association and provided by telephone, online via video conferencing and in person.
Specialist experience and qualifications
I was admitted as a lawyer in 1995 and at all times have practised as an intellectual property and dispute resolution lawyer from then until now with firms Gilbert & Tobin (senior associate in litigation dept) , Dunhill Madden Butler (partner), PriceWaterhouse Coopers Legal (partner, Head of IP, IT and Media) and my own firm Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers (since 2001). Prior to 1995, I practised as a trade mark attorney and a trainee chemical patent attorney with Clement Hack & Co, Halford & Maxwell & Shelston Waters having commenced at Clement Hack & Co in 1979. I passed trade marks, patents, designs, foreign law, patent attorney's practice of the patent attorney exams (before the subjects were able to be studied at a tertiary institution) . I obtain a distinction in trade marks law.
I hold a BSc (Applied Chemistry), LLB, MA, Cert (AFTRS) Directing/Writing , Australia wide Mediation qualification and currently studying Commercial Litigation including mediation at Masters level at the College of Law.
My current business is a combination of IP law, litigation and mediation. In those areas, I have extensive experience in media and entertainment , media, technology , ecommerce, IT, infrastructure, consumer goods, defence, engineering, training , financial services, insurance, transportation, hospitality, gaming , leisure, education, chemical engineering , franchising and healthcare.
I am a member and past President of the Licensing Executives Society (AU/NZ) , member and past Secretary of the Intellectual & Industrial Property Society of Australia , member Law Society of NSW. I am also editor of the Intellectual Property Chapter of the Thomson Reuters Lawyers Manual 2010-2017. My firm has been consistently judged a "Top 5" IP Law firm and judged a "Pre-eminent IP Law firm" by Doyle's Guide to Australian Law Firms
I am a member of the Australian Mediation Association and a member and past committee member of INTA.
I was I was recently judged NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year by a panel including the NSW Attorney General's Department , the Australian Corporate Lawyers' Association and the Law Society of NSW and was placed on the NSW State Government 's Honour Roll for my outstanding achievements in law, arts and the community . I was also recently judged 2015-2016 Sole Practitioner of the Year at the annual Lawyer's Weekly "Women in Law" Awards. All of these awards included as part of my assessment the success of my mediation practice and my goodwill and reputation in dispute resolution and my pro-bona practice in dispute resolution.