Melissa has particular expertise in trade marks, trade practices and marketing law. She also practises in defamation law and general commercial disputes.
Melissa has experience of Royal Commissions, having been representing a client the subject of a case study before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (led by Dr Matt Collins QC). Melissa also has experience as an independent auditor in relation to undertakings to the ACCC pursuant to section 87B of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Before joining the Bar, Melissa managed Mallesons Stephen Jaques' Trade Marks Group in Melbourne, providing trade mark, branding and general strategic advice to clients in Australia and overseas, and advising on oppositions and other IP disputes. Melissa also spent several years in Mallesons Stephen Jaques' IP group in Sydney, working on a number of IP disputes including trade mark and patent disputes.
Melissa spent three years at Linklaters in London after completing a LLM at Cambridge. In the UK, Melissa was involved in a range of IP disputes, including a number of parallel imports cases (including a case that went to the European Court of Justice). Melissa was also involved in a number of large commercial transactions, handling the IP and IT aspects of such matters. Melissa has experience in drafting contracts for the exploitation of technology, including patent and know-how licences, manufacturing and distribution agreements, trade mark licences, sale of business agreements, consultancy agreements and collaborative research agreements. Prior to coming to the Bar, Melissa also spent time in-house at NAB where she advised on general commercial, IP and IT matters.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation
- Confidential Information
- Copyright & Designs
- Media & Entertainment
- Trade Marks
- Commissions & Inquiries
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Master of Laws (Cantab)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association