Crown Melbourne Royal Commission Terms of Reference now published (Feb 2021) – The Victorian Government’s Royal Commission inquiry into Crown Melbourne and Suitable Associates will focus on the suitability of Crown Melbourne to hold a licence under the Casino Control Act and whether Crown Melbourne is complying with contracts under the Casino Control Act and applicable laws. The inquiry will also look at Crown Resorts and other existing associates of Crown Melbourne and whether these persons are suitable to be involved in the management of a casino. The Crown Melbourne inquiry follows the recently completed Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants – involving Lawyer X. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants represented a number of witnesses before the Lawyer X Royal Commission and made submissions on their behalf.
Katarina Klaric, Principal, Stephens Lawyers & Consultants, was a host and facilitator at the FCA Legal Symposium 2020 Roundtable Sessions on 19 November 2020, on the topic of ‘Strategies for Protecting IP and Maximising Value’.
Peter Divitcos, Lawyer, Stephens Lawyers & Consultants, has been awarded the 2020 Paul Trisley Award for his paper ‘Match-Fixing in Sport: A Coordinated, Targeted and Comprehensive Network of Actors”. Peter’s article will be included in the next volume of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association Journal. Congratulations Peter.
Our Response to COVID-19 – Stephens Lawyers & Consultants’ are continuing to provide legal services in the areas of our expertise including: commercial/consumer law and litigation, intellectual property law, information technology law, biotechnology; franchising, media/defamation and privacy law. We are also providing legal and commercial advice to businesses which have been impacted by the COVID-19 through contract postponement, cancellations or business shut downs – and we can also assist businesses to re-negotiate their financial arrangements with their banks or financial institutions and to obtain access to various government relief packages.
Katarina Klaric recently completed a number of film and TV courses at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and as a creative outlet writes, directs and produces her own short films. In March 2020, Lawyers Weekly published its interview with Katarina about Katarina’s latest short film “Dogged Truth” – a dramedy about the criminal justice system and its transgression from the pursuit of truth to theatrics.
Katarina Klaric was a guest speaker at The Einstein Global Summit 2019 held in Melbourne on 8-9 May 2019. Katarina presented a paper on the topic of “Addressing Intellectual Property, Governance and Privacy Issues in Artificial Intelligence”.
Katarina Klaric was an invited guest at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (‘WIPO’) Roundtable Discussion held in Melbourne on 5 April, 2019. WIPO is a United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, which provides a global forum for its 191 member states for the development and implementation of international intellectual property policy and legal frameworks. The roundtable discussions included an overview of WIPO’s Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) focused research with the publication of the “WIPO Technology Trends 2019 Artificial Intelligence Report“ [ https://www.wipo.int/tech_trends/en/artificial_intelligence/ ] and the development of WIPO’s new artificial intelligence (AI) tools for searching and monitoring of potentially similar trade marks on a global basis, translation of documents and voice recognition.
Julian Stephens is a mentor in the 2019 University of Melbourne Law School Mentor Program (the ‘MLS Mentor Program’) and has been involved in the mentoring program since 2017.
Katarina Klaric gave a presentation at the 2018 ANZ Smart Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Industry 4.0 Forum held in Melbourne on 28 – 30 November, 2018, during the Panel Session ‘Future of Manufacturing: The Emerging Legal Challenges”. Katarina presented on the topic of “Developing measures to protect valuable intellectual property and safeguard against thefts, digital industrial espionage and sabotage“.
Julian Stephens and Katarina Klaric attended the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) National Conference in November, 2018, held in Brisbane, Queensland. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants was a sponsor of this conference.
Katarina Klaric presented a paper at the Risk Management Leaders Forum held in Melbourne on 30 – 31 August, 2018 on the topic of ‘Privacy and Data Protection‘.
Katarina Klaric is a Member of Information Governance ANZ, which has been established to be an Australian and New Zealand think tank for information governance with the aim of promoting information governance global best practice and innovation.
Julian Stephens attended the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) National Conference in November, 2017, held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants was a sponsor of this conference.
Katarina Klaric is a Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) Technology Law Committee, and has been a member of this Committee since October 2017.
Katarina Klaric attended the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference in October, 2017, held in Sydney, New South Wales.
Katarina Klaric and Julian Stephens attended the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference held in Sydney on 9 to 11 September, 2016.
On 26 August, 2016, Julian Stephens attended the Franchise Council of Australia’s Networking Breakfast & Annual Expo held in Melbourne.
On 24 August, 2016, Julian Stephens attended the Australia China Business Council presentation on “Initial Public Offerings for Chinese Businesses – Understanding the Market”.
Katarina Klaric and Julian Stephens attended an Australia China Business Week Event held at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on 27 July, 2016.
Katarina Klaric chaired the “Consumer Law: New Changes” Legalwise Seminar held in Melbourne on 16 March, 2016.
Katarina Klaric attended the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) National Conference in November, 2015, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants was a sponsor of this conference.
April/May, 2015: On 19 and 26 April and 3 May 2015, in collaboration with Renegade Films (Rockwiz, Wilfred), the Australian Raving Loony Party (ARLP), one of our firm’s clients, put on a series of live shows (hosted by Brian Nankervis) at the Footscray Community Arts Centre to test for a potential new live/TV/multi-platform show called “Welcome to Cocky’s Academy for Speaking Better ‘n’ Everythink”. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants has been advising ARLP from the very start of this exciting project.
Katarina Klaric chaired the Commercial Law Conference held in Melbourne on 18 March, 2015.
November, 2014: Katarina Klaric and Rochina Iannella attended the Screen Producers of Australia Conference held in Melbourne to hear Australian and International experts speak about the current issues and trends in film, television and new media production and distribution.
Katarina Klaric is now a member of Women In Global Business (WIGB) and is involved in the mentor program, mentoring women who are looking at expanding their business globally or are involved in international business.
September, 2014: Katarina Klaric chaired the Legalwise Franchise Law: Enforcement, Compliance and Disputes Seminar held in Melbourne on 12 September, 2014.
August, 2014: Julian Stephens chaired the Legalwise Franchise Law and Small Business Seminar on Directors’ Duties: Risks and Liabilitieswhich was held in Melbourne on 28 August, 2014.
March 2014: Julian Stephens also chaired the Legalwise Shareholder Agreements: Preparation and Disputes Seminar held in Melbourne on 19 March, 2014.
May 2012: Free IP Roundtable: Strategies for Protecting your IP and Maximising Value
Following the popularity of our Free IP Roundtable Event on 18 October 2011, Stephen Lawyers will be offering another IP Roundtable Event. For further information, email [email protected]
Past News and Events
Doyle’s Guide names Stephens Lawyers “Leading Smaller Firm (IP) – Victoria” (2010, 2011)
In both 2010 and 2011, Stephens Lawyers was recognised as a leading small IP firm in Victoria, by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.
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