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Laura Simonds


Laura Simonds


T:+61 3 8686 6140

Laura Simonds is an intellectual property and commercial dispute resolution lawyer based in Melbourne.

Laura specialises in commercial disputes with a particular focus on brand management and protection, especially in relation to intellectual property and franchising law. Her industry experience includes work in the fashion, hospitality, retail, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Laura has experience acting in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. She has a strong scientific background and experience in copyright, designs, patents, confidential commercial information and trade mark enforcement and protection. 

Laura has experience acting for franchisor's and master franchisees in maintaining and protecting their franchise networks. She has experience in claims made under the Franchising Code of Conduct and the Competition and Consumer Act (2010). She has represented clients in a range of franchise and contractual disputes in several Australian Courts.

Laura has experience in major cross-border litigation and has represented clients in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

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  • Publications

    Franchising Focus – Autumn 2017 edition

    Welcome to the Autumn edition of Franchising Focus, where we focus on the obligations regarding 457 visas; the mandatory data breach notification laws; and identifying and protecting intellectual property. .

    May 18, 2017