Stephen is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, and regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, Trade Marks Office and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He has acted for many leading companies and brands, and for a wide range of government agencies and regulatory bodies. He is recommended in Best Lawyers Australia and the World Trade Mark Review 1000, where he is noted for his performances in “complex and boundary-pushing cases”.
Prior to coming to the bar, Stephen was a Federal Court judge's associate and a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Arts and Law from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, where he specialised in intellectual property, competition and public law.
Stephen has published in the areas of intellectual property, privacy and administrative law, and is a senior reporter for the Federal Court Reports and Federal Law Reports. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and a volunteer lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation
- Consumer Law
- Contractual Disputes
- Confidential Information
- Copyright & Designs
- Information Technology
- Media & Entertainment
- Privacy & Data Protection
- Trade Marks
- Administrative Law
- Freedom of Information
- Judicial Review
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (ANU)
Master of Laws (Cantab)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
REA Group Pty Ltd v Fairfax Media Pty Ltd (Federal Court - with Will Houghton QC) Misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to comparative advertising for property apps.
Just Squeezed (NSW) Pty Ltd v Just Squeezed Pty Ltd (Federal Court - unled) Infringement and ownership of trade mark adopted simultaneously by different companies in different states.
Connect TV Pty Ltd v All Rounder Investments Pty Ltd (Federal Court - with Colin Golvan QC) Injunction and trial - breach of copyright in foreign television broadcasts.
NeoBev Pty Ltd v Bacchus Distillery Pty Ltd (Administrators appointed) (Federal Court - with Tom Cox SC) Invention and ownership of patent for alcohol production.
Realestate.com.au Pty Ltd v Real Estate 1 Ltd (Federal Court – with Will Houghton QC) Trade mark infringement and passing off in relation to websites and domain names.
Re Application by Pocket Full of Tunes Pty Ltd and Woodley (Copyright Tribunal - unled) Fixing of statutory licence for use of well-known song for the services of the Commonwealth.
Acohs Pty Ltd v Ucorp Pty Ltd (Federal Court - with Rodney Garratt QC and Peter Wallis) First instance and appeal - breach of copyright in source code and software databases.
Gilbert v J and Facebook Inc (Federal Court – with Will Houghton QC) Injunction – Breach of confidence and breach of copyright in relation to publication of photos on the internet.
Ringtail Asia Pacific v FTI Technology (Federal Court – with John Griffiths SC) Injunction – breach of contract and misuse of market power in relation to distribution agreement.
Telstra v Phone Directories Company (Federal Court – with David Catterns QC, Ross Macaw QC and Adrian Ryan SC) First instance and appeal - Breach of copyright in the White Pages and Yellow Pages directories.
Ice TV v Nine Network (High Court – intervening with David Catterns QC and Adrian Ryan SC) Breach of copyright in electronic program guides.
Cadbury Schweppes v Darrell Lea (Federal Court – with Noel Hutley SC and Michael Wyles SC) First instance and appeal – misleading or deceptive conduct and passing off in relation to colour.
Hanlon v Assistant Treasurer and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (AAT – unled) Refusal to register offensive business name under Business Names Registration Act.
Cordover v Australian Electoral Commission (AAT - unled) Access to source code of software used to conduct Federal Senate election count under Freedom of Information Act.
Collection Point Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (Federal Court - unled) First instance and appeal – Obligation to write software to generate computerised records under Freedom of Information Act.
HZXD v Innovation Australia (AAT – unled) Registration of “research and development activities” under Income Tax Assessment Act in relation to software development project.
Alexander v Minister for Foreign Affairs (Federal Court – unled) Refusal to issue passport under Australian Passports Act.
Austwide Institute of Training Pty Ltd v Australian Skills Quality Authority (AAT – unled) Cancellation of registration as an education provider under National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act and Education Services for Overseas Students Act.
Woodhaven Lodge Pty Ltd v Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing (Federal Court – unled) Injunction – Revocation of approval as a provider of aged care under Aged Care Act.
Jagmohan Singh v Minister for Immigration (Federal Circuit Court – unled; Federal Court and High Court – with Geoffrey Johnson SC) Availability of relief under Migration Act in relation to fraudulent visa application.
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
Volunteer lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia
Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association