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Julian Gyngell, MBL, LLB, Grad Dip IPL

Professional career

After graduating in 1984, Julian worked for ICL Computers (now Fujitsu) in its Strategy and Technology division based at Putney, London.  At ICL he was involved in analysing emerging computer software applications for use by senior management; in particular, financial planning and IT project management tools.

Since moving into private practice in 1986 he has been a partner at top-tier law firms in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Hong Kong.  While in London (1990 – 2002) his practice included numerous projects throughout Europe and the Middle East, and a secondment in Hong Kong included projects throughout Asia.  After 13 years in London, he returned to Sydney and established his own firm: “Kepdowrie Chambers” which allows him to offer a personal, flexible and pro-active service to his clients.

Julian’s international experience includes advising in connection with numerous high-profile, cross-border transactions that have exposed him to many of the world’s major jurisdictions: Australasia, the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.  His clients welcome the fact that he provides a single point of contact with the experience to identify and manage the various commercial, legal, regulatory and cultural aspects of the transaction.


  • Bachelor of Laws, L.L.B. (Sydney University), 1983
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, Dip I.P.L. (London University), 1985
  • Master of Business Law, M.B.L. (Sydney University), 2008

Admitted to practise

  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1986
  • Federal and High Court of Australia, 1987
  • High Court of England & Wales, 1991

 Independent listings

  • The Legal 500: Who’s Who in the Law
  • Legal Business: Legal Experts for Intellectual Property
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Patent Law Experts
  • Law Business Research: International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers
  • The Insider’s Guide to Legal Services: Brands & Trade Marks / Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks

Publications and appointments

Julian is a well-known speaker and published author:

  • Author “Trade Marks, Trade Names and Designs” Halsbury’s Laws of England, Australian edition, Butterworths
  • Co-author “A User’s Guide to Trade Marks and Passing Off” Butterworths
  • Co-author and Executive Editor “The Community Trade Mark” INTA
  • Tutor on the IP Masters and Diploma programs, Bristol University
  • Judge on the “SECRETS of Australian IT Innovation” competition, DCITA

Certain publications available here: amazon.com/author/gyngell_julian


  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Publications Committee, 1995 – present
    • Panel of Neutrals / Arbitrator and Mediator, 2005 – 2009
    • Geographical Indications Committee, 2007 – present
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES), IT / e-Commerce Committee, 1997 – present
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Arbitrator and Mediator, 2005 – present
  • Law Council of Australia, SME Business Law Committee, 2010 – present
  • UKTI Advisory Network (UKAN), 2012 – present

Personal interests

  • Scuba diving (PADI Open Water qualification, 1987)
  • Rugby (Qualified rugby union referee, 1987)
  • Cricket (NSW schoolboys and Australian U19 squad 1979; The Flycatchers, a wanderers team, 1991 – 2002)
  • Theatre (SoulMate member of the STC)
  • Australian shiraz and French burgundy
  • My wife and 3 children

Obviously, in no order of importance.