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Tim Burn-Francis

Bar roll 2023 Admitted 2019
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
  • Tort Law
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Tim Burn-Francis practises in all areas of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on intellectual property, media and entertainment law.

Tim is briefed in a variety of complex commercial matters, including intellectual property disputes, opposition hearings, defamation proceedings, and contractual disputes. He has represented clients in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, a confidential arbitration under the ACICA Rules and before IP Australia.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Tim was a solicitor at specialist intellectual property and entertainment firm, Simpsons, and worked in the intellectual property and trade mark prosecution teams at Herbert Smith Freehills. At both Simpsons and HSF, he acted on some of Australia’s most recent high profile intellectual property and entertainment industry cases.

Tim holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Tim read with Peter Creighton-Selvay, and his senior mentor was Ed Heerey KC.

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Chambers & Clerk

Emmerson Chambers
Level 18 Room 10

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

+61 3 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
Intellectual Property
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Trade Marks
Tort Law
  • Defamation



Juris Doctor

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)

University of Melbourne



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia



Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)