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Paul Venus

LLM, LLB, BComm, Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation - Queensland Law Society, Accredited Mediator - Queensland Law Society

Managing Partner - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Technology, Media & Communications, Intellectual Property, Competition & Consumer Law, Government, Regulatory, Startups & Emerging Enterprises

Expertise

Paul is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation group and has more than 20 years’ experience in complex litigation and providing commercial law advice. 

He specialises in intellectual property, information technology law, commercial law, privacy law, franchising and competition and consumer law issues. Paul is a recognised industry expert in relation to intellectual property law; and technology, media and telecommunications law in the 2017 edition of Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Paul is known as a trusted advisor to his clients. His approach to disputes is to be a tough but principled negotiator and he adopts a highly commercial approach in his advisory role in non-litigious matters.

He represents ASX listed companies, multinational chemical and technology companies, government agencies, private companies and high net wealth individuals.

Paul is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation and highly experienced mediator.

Paul is also the Managing Partner of Queensland Holding Redlich.

Experience

Paul’s significant litigation experience consists of the following:

  • ACCC investigations and litigation — defending individuals and corporations in ACCC investigations relating to competition issues, advertising, and consumer protection issues including responding to s155 notices
  • ASIC litigation and investigations — representing directors subject to ASIC investigations and hearings, including hearings to disqualify directors
  • Contract disputes and litigation — acting for clients in contractual disputes 
  • Defamation litigation — acting for clients in defamation proceedings, including were the defamatory imputations have been published on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Franchising litigation and mediation — acting for franchisors in franchising disputes with franchisees including defending allegations of misleading conduct against franchisors, assisting with communications with the ACCC
  • Insolvency litigation — representing corporations and liquidators in litigation involving uncommercial transaction claims, preference claims, debt recoveries, as well as in bankruptcy-related investigations and litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation — representing multinational and Australian corporations and individual inventors in patent infringement litigation and trade mark litigation, advising clients on all aspects of brand protection, acting in claims regarding breach of confidential information
  • Misleading conduct litigation — cases involving claims for misleading conduct generally
  • Negligence litigation — claims for professional negligence by clients against their former advisers
  • Product liability litigation — acting for companies in trade practices and product liability cases, and suing companies on behalf of corporate clients in manufacturing disputes
  • Shareholder disputes and litigation — acting for shareholders is disputes with other shareholders including shareholder oppression actions.

Paul also has significant commercial law experience including:

Competition and consumer law compliance

  • advising companies in relation to competition and consumer law compliance.

Franchising law

  • advising franchisors regarding Code compliance issues, system documentation, renewals issues and general commercial advice.

IT and telecommunications law

  • acting for information technology companies, internet companies and telecommunication companies in commercial and regulatory matters, preparing and negotiating technology agreements, advising on GITC issues for IT companies.

M&A law

  • advising clients on strategies for preparing their companies for M&A transactions.


Publications

11 December 2017 - Knowledge

The impact on business of the new AASB15

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Australian Accounting Standards rarely figure top of mind when you enter into a commercial contract. But with the introduction of the new standard AASB15 - and its impact on revenue from contracts with customers - all of that is set to change...

15 February 2016 - Knowledge

How to avoid disqualification as a director by ASIC

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The principle that underpins the concept of a limited liability company is that companies can fail. Entrepreneurialism is encouraged by this principle because it encourages risk taking...

27 November 2018 - Knowledge

Insolvency: Year in review

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Significant insolvency legislative reforms were introduced in 2017. One year on, we assess what changes, if any, these reforms have had on the insolvency market in Australia.