Intellectual Property Law Careers Session 


Panelist Profiles

Hamish Bevan, Barrister, Nigel Bowen Chambers

Hamish was admitted to the Bar in 2006 and has since developed a diverse practice.

In addition to commercial law and equity (including breach of confidence), Hamish specialises in all areas of intellectual property:  trade marks, copyright, patents and designs, as well as passing off and related consumer law.

Hamish appears in the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia), as well as in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and at hearings before IP Australia.


Jonathan Carter

Jonathan Carter is General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA|AMCOS), managing the legal and corporate affairs of both organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

After being admitted to practise in 2001, Jonathan was appointed associate to the Honourable Justice Heerey of the Federal Court of Australia, at that time Chair of the Court's intellectual property law panel. Jonathan worked in the intellectual property group of national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, before taking in-house legal and management roles at Sony Music Entertainment Australia and then EMI Music Australia.

Jonathan is President of the Copyright Society of Australia and sits as Australia’s elected representative on the Legal Committee of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

Jonathan has degrees in arts and law with double first class honours from the University of Sydney.


Kate Haddock

BA/LLB (1989, University of Sydney)

Postgraduate Diploma in UK, EC and US Copyright Law (2010, King’s College London)

Kate has practised as an intellectual property lawyer since 1989, and is one of the foundation partners of Banki Haddock Fiora, established in 1995.

She has extensive experience advising collecting societies and publishers in relation to all aspects of their business, including in particular copyright and competition law. She provides advice on all aspects of copyright management and transactions relating to dealings with copyright properties. In particular, she has close experience of all aspects of the legal issues facing collecting societies, including under competition legislation.

Kate also conducts litigation and manages disputes and enforcement proceedings relating to copyright and competition and consumer laws, in particular in the music industry. She has extensive experience in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia. Her clients include collecting societies, publishers and other companies with creative interests.

Kate is Co-Vice Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, a lay member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance ethics panel, and a member of the management committee of the Copyright Society of Australia.

Since 2009, Kate has been included in the intellectual property section of the Best Lawyers of Australia list published by the Australian Financial Review.


Damian Rinaldi

Damian Rinaldi is Head of Legal & Business Affairs at J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd (“Alberts”), a leading Australian music rights management company actively involved in music publishing, sound recordings and studios.  In this role, Damian oversees the management and exploitation of Alberts’ copyrights globally (including works by AC/DC, Vanda & Young, Gotye and Megan Washington) as well as the representation of third party catalogues regionally in Australasia.

Admitted to practise in 1994, Damian has since held various in-house legal and management roles both locally and overseas, including with Sony Music Entertainment, Oracle and Telstra.  Prior to going in-house, Damian worked as a solicitor with Banki Haddock Fiora in Sydney and, before that, Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper/Lavan Legal) in Perth.

Damian currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia, and has previously sat on the board of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia), the Copyright Committee of ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) and the Legal Sub-Committee of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry).

Damian holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws degree (specialising in Media, Communications & Information Technology Law) from the University of New South Wales.