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Katarina Klaric LLM. LLB. BA. 

Since 1989, Katarina has been a partner at Stephens Lawyers, and is skilled in both litigation and commercial business transactions.

As a litigator Katarina has been involved in leading cases involving intellectual property infringement, contravention
of the Trade Practices Act and complex commercial issues.

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Julian Stephens LLB. BA.

Julian is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory and is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia. Julian practices in the area of complex commercial law, with emphasis on intellectual property, competition and consumer law, franchising, technology and computer law.

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 Rochina Iannella LLM. LLB. BA. 

Rochina joined Stephens Lawyers and Consultants in August, 2013 and provides consultancy services on Media, Entertainment and the Arts. 

Rochina advises and consults on commercial and intellectual property matters including copyright protection and licensing; visual arts and design; film funding applications; film production and distribution; film option agreements; music recording, publishing and distribution agreements; media and defamation; and business structuring for film production, publishers, musicians, bands, artists and galleries.

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Melinda Shiell LLM. (JD) BA.

Melinda joined Stephens Lawyers and Consultants in October 2015. She comes from a media background having worked for Fairfax/The Age newspaper in an editorial role managing defamation issues, before pursuing a career in the law. 

Melinda holds a law degree from Monash University and has worked at the Judicial College of Victoria.  She brings to our firm her extensive knowledge of the Australian court judicial system, which well equips her to assist in our litigation practice..

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Liang Chen LLB. Bec. DipAPS

Liang joined Stephens Lawyers & Consultants in March 2015.  He assists the Principals, Julian Stephens and Katarina Klaric, with the firm’s Australia/China business law work and in the areas of Commercial Law, including Trade Practices and Australian Consumer Law.

Liang also speaks fluent Chinese Mandarin and Shanghainese (dialect) and has experience in document translation and interpretation.

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Crystal Choi BAcc.  B Fin. (CPA)

Crystal joined Stephens Lawyers and Consultants in March 2014. She manages the firm's Accounts Department. Crystal also speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and, with her experience in document translation, works with the Principals, Katarina Klaric and Julian Stephens, in connection with the firm’s Australia/China business advisory work.

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