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Brisbane IP lawyer pulls up stumps to head south

Brisbane IP lawyer pulls up stumps to head south

A Melbourne firm has announced the appointment of an intellectual property lawyer as principal, who has been attracted from Queensland.

Former McCullough Robertson partner Malcolm McBratney (pictured) joined Aitken Partners this month.

Mr McBratney will lead the business law practice as Aitken Partners’ newest principal, bringing the firm’s total number of principals to 10. He has extensive experience in intellectual property, corporate, commercial and technology law.

From 1993 to 2000 Mr McBratney worked for Clayton Utz in Brisbane. He then went on to practise for more than 16 years at McCullough Robertson. He graduated in law from Queensland University of Technology with honours in the late '90s.

Speaking of his move, Mr McBratney described the new position with Aitken Partners as a good “next phase” for his career. He added that Aitken’s legal service offering in the areas of corporate and business law matched his expertise well.

“At Aitken Partners I can continue to provide high-quality legal advice and client service in a client-focused law firm, with strong expertise and depth across the legal disciplines that organisations and private clients need today,” Mr McBratney said.

“With the top five companies in the world now being technology companies, we are in the digital age and I am also looking forward to growing the IP and technology practice at Aitken Partners,” Mr McBratney said.

According to a statement released by the firm, Mr McBratney is a ranked lawyer in expert and peer review tables such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, the World Trademark Review 1000, Media Law International and Best Lawyers.

He has broad experience in a range of industries including manufacturing, FMCG, information technology, food and agribusiness and life sciences, and practises in corporate and commercial, intellectual property and competition and consumer law.

Aitkin Partners principal Ed Clark said the new hire was a welcome addition to the team.

“Malcolm expands our capacity in intellectual property and information technology as well as business law, and we are looking forward to working with him.

“We know his legal skills and understanding of the business side of legal practice are absolutely top-rate, but we also know he was looking for a law firm that was different to the others and offered a real work-life balance and didn’t just talk about it,” Mr Clark said.

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