Natalie is a commercial law barrister with expertise in intellectual property law, competition and consumer law, and media law. She also has an interest in sports law. Natalie was previously a litigation partner of King & Wood Mallesons from 2005 to 2013.
Natalie is recognised in Best Lawyers 2021 in Litigation, Intellectual Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is also identified by Doyles Guide as a pre-eminent Technology, Media & Telecommunications Junior Counsel in Victoria (2020), and as a leading Intellectual Property Junior Counsel in Victoria (2020).
Natalie is available as a private mediator, particularly in IP, competition and consumer law, and defamation matters. She has mediation experience hosting by Zoom during Covid-19.
Natalie is briefed in a range of commercial law matters.
Recent matters include:
Directed Electronics OE Pty Ltd v OE Solutions VID 1157 / 2017 (breach of fiduciary obligations and related claims) including interlocutory judgments No.1 - No. 7, most recently  FCA 206 and related proceeding Meneses v Directed Electronics OE Pty Ltd  FCAFC 190 (privilege against self-incrimination). Latest event: witness examination process per Covid-19 protocol (s.46 Federal Court of Australia Act 1976). Led by Colin Golvan QC and Michael Wise QC.
Pathmanathan v Healthscope Operations Pty Ltd  FCA 65 (summary judgment / summary dismissal).
Weatherbeeta Limited v Hammersmith Nominees Pty Ltd  VSC 559 (contracts dispute - led by Garry Fitzgerald QC)
Access Group Australia Pty Ltd v Topper Hydraulic Platforms Pty Ltd  WASC 265 (led by Anthony Willinge - transfer application from WASC to FCA)
DIF III - Global Co-Investment Fund LP v Babcock & Brown International Pty Ltd  NSWSC 527 (equity - fiduciary relationships - promoters - contract; led by Stephen Parmenter QC )
Natalie is a specialist in intellectual property law. She has acted in many disputes concerning marketing, brands, confidential information, the Internet and digital technology.
Recent matters include:
State of Escape Accessories v Schwartz & Anor VID 521 of 2018 (copyright - works of artistic craftsmanship - misleading and deceptive conduct - Microsoft Teams trial completed in September 2020 - judgment pending - led by Bruce Caine QC)
Duncan v Australian Broadcasting Corporation  VCAT 1172 (application for summary dismissal - VCAT's equitable jurisdiction for breach of confidence - whether conduct in trade and commerce)
GM Holden Ltd & Ors v S.S.S. Auto Parts Pty Ltd & Ors  FCA 97 (Designs - test case on spare parts provision - led by Richard Cobden SC)
REA Group trade mark oppositions concerning REALESTATE.COM.AU: First National Group of Independent Real Estate Agents Limited v REA Group Ltd  ATMO 102; Real Estate Institute of Australia Limited AND Real Estate Institute of Western Australia Incorporated AND Professionals Global Limited v REA Group Pty Ltd  ATMO 82 (4 August 2017); and Fairfax Digital Australia & New Zealand Pty Limited and Fairfax Media Limited v REA Group Ltd  ATMO 21 (15 February 2018); Real Estate Home Loans Pty Ltd v REA Group Ltd  ATMO 129 (28 August 2019).
A trade mark opposition (BLACK MARKET DEAL) and opposed Removal Applications on behalf of Vinomofo: Vinomofo Holdings Pty Ltd  ATMO 14 (2 February 2018) and Black-market.co.nz Limited and Blackmarket.com.au Pty Ltd v Vinomofo Holdings Pty Ltd [2018 ATMO 42 (28 March 2018)
Dick Smith Investments Pty Ltd v Roger John Ramsey  FCA 939; 120 IPR 270 ('OZEMITE' and 'AUSSIEMITE' trade mark dispute)
Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne v Rachel Jayne Powell  FCA 1110 ("Champagne Jayne case": Australian consumer law; use of 'champagne' - Counsel for Respondent in closing submissions and costs phase with co-counsel Evelyn Tadros )
Natalie holds a Masters' degree in media and telecommunications law from the University of Melbourne. She practises in defamation law, advises on open court issues, and has a strong interest in social media. Natalie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in defamation proceedings in the County Court, Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Court of Australia both led and unled. Her clients include individuals and media organisations. She also undertakes manuscript analyses for one of Australia's leading publishing houses.
Competition and Consumer Law
Natalie is experienced in issues concerning unconscionable conduct, misleading and deceptive conduct, and consumer law generally.
Experience includes representing clients (whether athlete or corporate) in sponsorship disputes, and contractual disputes concerning professional sports teams.
Natalie has served as a Counsel assisting the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct Commission since the 2017/2018 cricket season.
She is a Board Member of the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners’ Association Inc. (TROA) (since May 2016).
She is also a member of the Netball Australia Super Netball League Disciplinary and Appeals Panel (since 2018).
Natalie is a Board Member of the Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff (since 1999).
She is a Board Member of Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company (since 2017).
Committees and Memberships
Editor of Victorian Bar News since 2018 (with co-editors Justin Wheelahan and Annette Charak)
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
ANZSLA Sports Law Association