Our strengths in depth
Kepdowrie Chambers has a close working relationship with a number of important organisations that complement the services that we provide to our clients. They will include:
- Law firms, in Australia and throughout the world
- Accountants: tax and financial advisors
- Merchant banks
- Venture capital and fund managers
- Public sector departments (including in Australia and the UK)
- Technical advisers and industry experts
- Independent associations and representative bodies.
These organisations form an important part of the firm’s professional strategy, namely, to provide a full service to our clients, whatever their requirements and regardless of the complexity of the transaction. Examples of the associates and affiliates that make up this network include the following:
Julian Gyngell has been a partner at top-tier law firms in Australia, London and Hong Kong. Kepdowrie Chambers therefore has and maintains a close relationship with many of Julian’s former partners and we continue to work closely with them on a “best friends” basis. This provides us with national and international strength-in-depth from lawyers whom we know and trust, such as:
Bird & Bird
Julian’s former firm in London and the European Law Firm of the Year, with partners in Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, The Hague, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
The biggest law firm in the world resulting from the merger of two American firms and an English firm, with offices throughout Western and Eastern Europe, North America and Asia. Julian recently took on the challenge of best-man for one of his great friends at DLA.
The Kennedy Strang Legal Group
This comprises Kemp Strang (Sydney), Russell Kennedy (Julian’s former firm in Melbourne), Thynne & Macartney (Brisbane), Lynch Meyer (Adelaide) and Christensen Vaughan (Perth).
More generally, after over 30 years in practice, Julian has developed a wide network of contacts and friends throughout the world. As and when required, we draw on the expertise of this network of leading professionals in their field (as well as being Julian’s tragic golfing buddies – the perfect combination!).
Public sector departments
The Australian government trade commission for Australian exporters and companies wanting to do business with Australia. My Export Coach is an online portal of export-related information including online training modules tailored for Australian ICT and health companies who are interested in expanding offshore. Julian wrote the intellectual property sections for these modules and continues to work with Austrade and its member companies in the pursuit of offshore markets for their products and services.
The government department with responsibility for the information technology and communications industries. One of DCITA’s popular yearly competitions was the SECRETS of Australian IT Innovation. As a judge on the award panel for many years, Julian had the opportunity to form alliances with many of the emerging Australian technology companies in the fields of software development, e-commerce and multi-media.
Independent associations and representative bodies
The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) based in Geneva, is an independent body that has established itself as the leading forum for the advancement of intellectual property rights throughout the world. One of its aims is to provide a dispute resolution service that reduces the time and cost associated with IP-related litigation. Julian has been appointed by WIPO to its team of Arbitrators and Mediators who are charged with settling these disputes.
The INTA (International Trademark Association), based in New York, is another influential, independent body that focuses specifically on promoting the protection of the brands and trademarks of its members, which include the major brand owners and IP professionals throughout the world. Since 1995, Julian has been a member of INTA’s Publications Committee and has built up an extensive international network of peers in private sector law firms as well as in-house counsel.