SUSAN GATFORD

Bar Roll – 2002   
Admitted – 1994

Phone – (03) 9225 7556
Email – susangatford@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Floor 13, Room 1302, Owen Dixon Chambers East

SUSAN GATFORD

Bar Roll – 2002   
Admitted – 1994

Phone – (03) 9225 7556
Email – susangatford@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Floor 13, Room 1302, Owen Dixon Chambers East

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria
  • Federal Jurisdictions

Area of Law

  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mediation : Accredited Mediator
  • Trade Practices

About

Susan practises in most areas of commercial law and all areas of intellectual property law. She is an experienced advocate with a substantial trial and appellate practice. She accepts briefs to advise or appear in matters relating to:-

  • partnership, property, contract and general commercial matters
  • trade marks and trade practices
  • copyright, moral rights, confidential information, information technology and privacy
  • corporations and securities
  • patents and designs
  • administrative law.

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She is best known for cases that involve complex factual situations and which require a deep understanding of product and industry. Her emphasis is on identifying the key issues and evidence in a dispute, ascertaining the best outcome for the client and designing a strategic approach to achieve that result. She is experienced in working with businesses of all sizes and with technical and subject matter experts from a wide variety of fields.

Susan appears in all Federal and Victorian courts, but most often in the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her intellectual property practice is both local and interstate, and is broadly based.

She is also an accredited mediator, and her ability to identify the key issues is often called upon in assisting parties to a negotiated resolution.

Following a science honours degree majoring in botany and genetics Susan completed her LLB and then worked in a commercial law firm in the Melbourne CBD, the last three of her 10 years there as a partner, managing the firm’s intellectual property and information technology practice. During that time Susan completed her Master of Laws and became a registered Trade Marks Attorney.

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Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation.

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