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Expertise

Dan is a General Counsel in the Corporate & Commercial section, having retired from the partnership after more than 20 years, many of them spent leading the firm's technology, media and intellectual property practice.

Dan has deep experience advising on all aspects of IT, IP, media and related corporate and regulatory issues, including competition and consumer law, privacy and data governance, broadcasting, defamation and other legislative compliance.

Dan assists clients in these industries with their transactions, contractual negotiations, operational matters and responds to regulator enquiries. This work includes:

  • assisting technology suppliers and their customers with all of their contracting arrangements and regulatory matters (particularly privacy-related issues, including responding to data breaches)
  • advising owners and users of intellectual property on its protection and exploitation from licensing and commercialisation agreements, to management and enforcement of trade mark portfolios
  • acting for producers, financiers and distributors of film, television programs and other content, from the earliest development stage to spin-offs and remakes of global success stories
  • assisting advertising agencies and corporates with the contracting for, and clearance of, advertising and communications campaigns.

Dan also acts for clients in other sectors which are undertaking procurements, branding exercises and other uses of intellectual property and information technology.

Dan is recognised by his peers and is listed in Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner for:

  • Information Technology Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law.

Experience

Dan has extensive experience in advising on a broad range of commercial, IT and IP issues, including on matters such as:

  • the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses, corporate structuring and joint ventures
  • the structuring of start-ups, their funding rounds (from seed funding through to liquidity events), and intellectual property protection and development
  • the development, financing, production and distribution of film and television projects, new media and online products, including working on projects such as Seachange, The Nightingale, Hotel Mumbai, Paramedics, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Living Room, Bondi Vet, Newton's Law, Jonah from Tonga, Ja'mie Private School Girl, Cloudstreet, Underbelly, Kath & Kim
  • brand development and protection, including copyright, trade marks, domain names and consumer law issues
  • the protection and exploitation of computer software and hardware and the provision of information technology services (including government contracts and outsourcing), and
  • regulatory compliance, including corporations law, copyright, privacy and competition law.

Dan was a founding director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, a councillor of Screen Producers Australia, and a director of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Publications

27 August 2019 - Knowledge

IP contracts must clear new competition hurdles

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Intellectual Property

There are only weeks left before important changes to the long-standing intellectual property exemption from restrictive trade practices come into effect. The latest update from the ACCC outlines the red flags to consider now.

30 July 2019 - Knowledge

Watchdog to clamp down on digital giants

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Australia’s consumer watchdog has called on the Federal Government to rein in the significant market power of digital media giants, Google and Facebook in its Digital Platforms Inquiry final report released on 26 July 2019.

28 May 2019 - Knowledge

Is your business ready to adopt Artificial Intelligence?

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

As artificial intelligence regulation develops, businesses entering AI contracts must confront legal and ethical considerations head on. Currently, a range of AI governance frameworks are being rolled out. Last month CSIRO’s Data61 released a discussion paper on AI, which included a proposed ethics framework.