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Tony
CONAGHAN
EXPERT
COUNTRY
Australia
FIELD
Franchising,
Professional details
Thomsons Lawyers
Phone: +61 7 3338 7502 (office)
Phone alternative: +61 419 464 002 (mobile)
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IDI Functions
Country expert for Australia
Others
Chairman of the Law Council of Australia Intellectual Property Committee (Queensland) and a Deputy Chair for Australia, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society Franchise Committee; American Bar Association (Forums on Franchising and Intellectual Property); International Bar Association; International Franchise Association; Member of the Licensing Executives Society; Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Year of birth
1954
Education
Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology; Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland; Graduate – Securities Institute of Australia; Approved Mediator of Disputes by Queensland Law Society Inc; Mediator appointed by the Office of Mediation Advisor and the Federal Minister under the Franchise Code of Conduct; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Current professional position
Senior Partner, Thornson Geer since 1 May 2011, Brisbane.
Previous position
Head of Intellectual Property for Australia and New Zealand for DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and Managing Partner of the Brisbane Office for DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) prior to 30 April 2011
Practical experience
Tony's practice includes the areas of commercial law, franchising, intellectual property, information and communication technology and dispute resolution. He has been involved in franchise, distribution and agency since the early 1980’s. Tony leads one of the largest specialist franchising and distribution and intellectual property legal practices in Queensland. He has delivered papers to franchise conferences, both national and international including at the International Franchise Association and International Bar Association joint conference in Washington DC in May 2010, giving an Australian update. Tony made submissions to and gave evidence before the House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology in Sydney at the Inquiry into Fair Trading Relating to Franchising in 1995 and has made oral and written Submissions and appeared before subsequent Inquiries since, including the West Australian Government Inquiry in 2011. Tony has been involved in franchise mediations since 1990. On implementation of the Franchising Code of Conduct in 1996, Tony was appointed by the Minister and Office of the Mediation Advisor to be a Mediator.
Languages
English, though employees have Italian, French, Spanish, Afrikaans skills