Welcome to Stephens Lawyers & Consultants

A leading Victorian intellectual property small law firm.

Stephens Lawyers & Consultants is a specialist boutique commercial legal practice, emphasising expertise in intellectual property, competition and consumer law, media & entertainment and defamation law, technology/biotechnology, franchising and international trade law.

Stephens Lawyers is committed to understanding the client's needs from a practical, commercial as well as legal perspective and delivering strategic and cost effective legal advice. Every client has direct access to a principal of the firm, who understand the complexities of operating a business in today's commercial environment.

"The competitive global economy in the technology areas has led to intellectual property owned by individuals and corporations becoming a major capital asset. The value of the technology, which is the subject of intellectual property laws, is important for the future development of the Asia Pacific region."

Extract from a paper presented by Julian Stephens at the Lawasia Conference, Beijing, China.


News

Stephens Lawyers & Consultants – Recent News

1. Katarina Klaric has become a Member of Information Governance ANZ, which has been established to be an Australian and New Zealand think tank for information governance with the aim of promoting information governance global best practice and innovation.

2. Katarina Klaric and Julian Stephens will attend the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference being held in Sydney on 9 to 11 September, 2016.

3. On 26 August, 2016, Julian Stephens will attend the Franchise Council of Australia's Networking Breakfast & Annual Expo being held in Melbourne.

4. On 24 August, 2016, Julian Stephens will be attending the Australia China Business Council presentation on "Initial Public Offerings for Chinese Businesses - Understanding the Market".

5. Katarina Klaric and Julian Stephens attended an Australia China Business Week Event held at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on 27 July, 2016.

6. Katarina Klaric chaired the "Consumer Law: New Changes" Legalwise Seminar held in Melbourne on 16 March, 2016.

7. Katarina Klaric attended the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) National Conference in November, 2015, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants was a sponsor of this conference.

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Publications


Publication of defamatory comments on websites and social media and business networking platforms such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are becoming increasingly common and are causing devastating harm to both personal and business reputation and business losses.  This update provides a review of the damages awarded in recent defamation cases and some of the factors taken into account by courts in awarding damages.[read more] 

Australian Uniform Defamation Laws Update - May 2015

Although the Uniform Defamation Laws in Australia are now essentially uniform, the existence of the separate jurisdictions, the cross border publications, Internet and international publications and communications continue to make issues relating to choice of law and choice of jurisdiction important concerns for parties in a defamation dispute.

Competition and Consumer Law Update - November 2014

Recent amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act give the regulator, the ACCC, powers to apply penalties and issue infringement notices to businesses that have breached industry codes of conduct which contain civil penalty provisions. (The amendments came into effect on 1 January 2015.)

The Australian franchising industry has been regulated under a mandatory industry code, the Franchising Code of Conduct, since 1 July 1998. During this time the code has been amended twice. (A new Franchising Code of Conduct commenced on 1 January 2015.)

Privacy Act 1988 

For information about the recent amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) which apply to the Private Sector from 11 March, 2014 please see the Stephens Lawyers and Consultants Private Sector Privacy Information Sheet - Privacy Act 1988– From 11 March 2014

Copyright in Photographs - Perils of Online Copying

There is a common misconception by internet users that photographic images found on the internet, websites and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be freely copied and used for commercial purposes without the licence of the copyright owner. This update provides an overview of the copyright law and recent court decisions related to ownership and use of photographs and includes risk minimisation strategies to avoid copyright infringement. [read more]


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