find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
New CEO joins top IP law firm

New CEO joins top IP law firm

A major intellectual property law firm has appointed a new chief executive officer to its ranks._x000D_

A major intellectual property law firm has appointed a new chief executive officer to its ranks.

Griffith Hack, the firm that last year said it would forge ahead with growth as the global economic crisis forced clients to protect their IP, today announced that the former chief operating officer at ASX listed Oakton Ltd, Steve Parker, would take the senior job.

Griffith Hack chairman Tony Ward said of the new recruit: "We are delighted to have [Parker] on board and are certain that his depth of professional services experience will help guide Griffith Hack to its desired goals in 2010 and beyond. We are confident that under [his] leadership Griffith Hack will continue to provide excellent service to its clients both current and new".

Ward previously anticipated change at the firm, telling The New Lawyer that clients would be streamlining their various IP issues in the GFC, thereby handing more work to boutique firms like his.

His comments came after the firm hired former Corrs Chambers Westgarth IP litigator, Sally Nicolson, in the role of special counsel, and announced it was looking to boost its junior ranks in the same area.

Ward said at the time that this was a wise move by the firm as each new partner brings new business, which has contributed to the IP divisions’ growth.

“Our view is that there is a growing need for boutique law practices specialising in IP law,” he said.

“I think that a lot of small to medium sized enterprises are realising that their trademarks and names are valuable, especially if they are planning to sell the business.”

Ward claims that in tough times such as now, IP is even more important as people are keener to protect and enforce their rights and their property.

The new CEO, Parker, has worked across financial services, telecommunications, information technology and healthcare.

He also has more than 24 years of experience in business across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Western Europe and North America. Prior to his role at Oakton, Parker was managing director for Unisys Australia & New Zealand Ltd, and before that spent over 16 years at Hewlett Packard Australia Ltd.

>> KNOW MORE? POST YOUR COMMENTS BELOW

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017


New CEO joins top IP law firm
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...