Emmerson Chambers is a group of commercial barristers based in Melbourne. We are intellectual property specialists. We are recognised as leading Australian practitioners in the field. Our expertise covers all areas of IP, both contentious (all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution) and non-contentious (advice). Our interest areas include patents, copyright, trade marks, designs law, passing off, confidential information, technology, media, entertainment and telecommunications law, plant breeders’ rights and circuit layouts.
Emmerson Chambers is named after the late Dr John Emmerson QC, who studied law at Melbourne University, after having published and taught on nuclear and particle physics at the University of Oxford. Dr Emmerson practised from 1976 to 2014, and as a senior counsel from 1985 to 2014. He was an acknowledged leader in the field in Australia, particularly in the fields of patents and copyright.
The group has seven silks (David Shavin KC, Bruce Caine KC (who read with Dr Emmerson), Colin Golvan AM KC, Edward Heerey KC, Tom Cordiner KC and Peter Wallis KC) and 13 junior counsel, including a number of very senior juniors and more junior barristers (Warwick Rothnie, Justin Wheelahan, Stephen Rebikoff, Melissa Marcus, Peter Creighton-Selvay, Andrew Sykes, Clare Cunliffe, Campbell Thompson, Marcus Fleming, Natalie Hickey, Lucy Davis, Ryan Maguire and Andrew McRobert). Her Honour Justice Rofe of the Federal Court was a founding member of Emmerson Chambers before her appointment.
Emmerson Chambers is committed to collegiality, inclusivity and diversity. It is a centre of excellence for intellectual property in Victoria.
Congratulations to our Barristers who were recognised in Doyles’ list of leading Intellectural Property Law Counsel 2023!
The 2023 listing of leading Victorian Intellectual Property Counsel details barristers practising in intellectual property matters matters in the Victorian legal market who have been identified by clients and peers for their expertise and abilities in the area.
Emmerson Chambers Welcomes New Readers to the Floor - Olivia Cameron and Tim Burn-Francis!
Emmerson Chambers are excited to welcome two new readers to the floor. Olivia is reading with Stephen Rebikoff and Tim is reading with Peter Creighton-Selvay (his senior mentor is Ed Heerey KC).
Congratulations to our barristers recognised in Best Lawyers 2024!
Congratulations to our barristers who have been recognised in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers Australia for their work in Intellectual Property law.
We would like to extend our thanks to the peers that voted.
Need further assistance? We are located at Level 18, at 200 Queen Street (Aickin Chambers), Melbourne. Contact details for our members can be found on their profile pages.