Susan practises in most areas of commercial law and all areas of intellectual property law, and is an experienced advocate with a substantial trial and appellate practice.
Recommended in Doyle’s 2021 Guide to Victorian intellectual property barristers, she is best known for cases that involve complex factual situations and which require a deep understanding of product and industry. Her emphasis is on identifying the key issues and evidence in a dispute, ascertaining the best outcome for the client and designing a strategic approach to achieve that result.
Susan accepts briefs to advise or appear in matters relating to: -
She appears in all Federal and Victorian courts, but most often in the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her intellectual property practice is both local and interstate and is broadly based - see the attached list of selected cases and IP Australia hearings.
She is also an accredited mediator and member of the Single List of External Mediators ("SLEM"). Click here for Susan's mediation profile.
Following a science honours degree majoring in botany and genetics Susan completed her LLB and then worked in a commercial law firm in the Melbourne CBD, the last three of her 10 years there as a partner, managing the firm’s intellectual property and information technology practice. During that time Susan completed her Master of Laws and became a registered Trade Marks Attorney.
Solicitors commonly brief Susan for advice and at the earliest possible stage in disputes, as they know that her strategic input can save substantial time and cost. She commonly advises as to and settles pre-issue demand letters, particularly in intellectual property matters, and represents parties outside the court room as well as in it.
Susan regularly presents seminars and webinars, on ethics, advocacy, mediation, evidence and current developments in her subject matter specialities. See the attached list of recent seminars and selected publications.