Griffith Hack is thrilled to congratulate Brisbane principal and lawyer Kellie Stonier for being recognised as a leading lawyer for the fourth consecutive year in Doyle’s Guide’s Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers for Queensland 2020. 

Kellie has been a senior lawyer at Griffith Hack for more than eight years and has a strong reputation for maintaining, protecting and enforcing clients’ IP rights in Australia and internationally.

She has particular expertise in IP portfolio management and contentious trade mark, copyright and competition and consumer law.

Kellie speaks often on behalf of the Griffith Hack firm, Legal Wise Seminars and hosts a quarterly seminar series sharing her expertise within the CPD law community. 

This recognition adds to an ever-growing tally of accolades and awards, continuing to establish Kellie as an authority within Intellectual Property Law community.

Griffith Hack is delighted to be recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2020 in both firm and individual categories.

Individual recognition 

Following on from the announcement of Kellie Stonier’s inclusion in the Doyles 2020 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers guide for Queensland, Griffith Hack congratulates Principals Derek Baigent and Andrew Goatcher for their recognition in New South Wales’ and Victoria’s editions respectively.

Derek received a recommendation for his contentious work following another successful year leading Griffith Hack’s law team including wins in Australia’s Federal court. Andrew has been recommended for both contentious and non-contentious work; continuing to utilise his impressive understanding of Intellectual Property Law to the great benefit of his clients.

Kellie, Derek and Andrew were also listed for their Intellectual Property Law expertise in the latest edition of Best Lawyers’. Special coverage with respect to these standings can be found in The Australian Financial Review

Firm recognition 

Further to the individual accolades mentioned above, Griffith Hack is ranked by Doyle’s as a leading contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property Law firm in both New South Wales and Queensland and a recommendation for our non-contentious work in Victoria.

Practice group director Bronwyn Pott commented, ‘‘These announcements are an exceptional result for not only Kellie, Derek and Andrew but the whole Griffith Hack law team as we continue to see them being recognised in industry rankings and awards. We truly value the work our clients entrust to us and look forward to increasing the size and scope of our offering with the integration of the Watermark team into Griffith Hack in the coming months.’’

Griffith Hack has been recognised in World Trademark Review’s 1000 guide (WTR) for trade mark prosecution and strategy.

WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals deemed outstanding in the trade mark field. It remains the only standalone publication to recommend individual practitioners and their firms exclusively in the trademark field, and identifies the leading players in over 80 key jurisdictions globally. This years’ edition notes:

“A repository of expertise and professionalism, Griffith Hack understands the client’s business and advises appropriately when it grows.” Lately it has seen an uptick in opposition work particularly for domestic clients, while its online IP management platform – Amplia – has been undergoing a revamp. Adding a layer of sophistication to New Zealand filings, two senior associates – formerly trademark examiners at the IP Office of New Zealand – now call Griffith Hack home. One of them is Shannon Fati – propelled into the WTR 1000 rankings by glowing customer feedback. “The attention and care that I get from Fati shows that she is constantly looking out for my business. Her advice is not just timely, but honest, fair and respectful.”

In addition to Shannon, the 2020 guide highlights the achievements of other leading Griffith Hack personnel.

In the Trade Mark Prosecution and Strategy category, principals Anne Makrigiorgos and Nicola Scheepers are acknowledged. While for Enforcement and litigation, principal Kellie Stonier is also recognised, described by the guide as an “intelligent litigator”.