Sandy is an Associate at Bennett & Philp Lawyers with legal knowledge and experience that belies his age. His area of expertise is focused on intellectual property and commercial law.
Sandy understands that intellectual property law is not an isolated field. As a business asset, intellectual property cannot be removed from the commercial complexities of running a business. For example, the licensing of a trade mark often comes hand-in-hand with the distribution of a product that is the subject of the trade mark. As another example, theft of a company’s intellectual property can often be orchestrated by a previous employee or director who may owe contractual and fiduciary duties over and above a general duty not to breach the company’s intellectual property rights.
Understanding how intellectual property disputes arise is key to taking appropriate preventative measures at the commercial negotiation stage. Similarly, understanding the context of an intellectual property dispute is key to successfully resolving that dispute.
With a double degree in Business and Law and industry background in the IT field (including web programming and database design), few lawyers are better equipped than Sandy to provide the type of legal advice that distinguishes him from others. His broad background and talent for simplifying and resolving complex situations has already seen him working with legal veterans, Tony Bennett and Ken Philp (Founding Directors of Bennett & Philp Lawyers), on multi-million dollar intellectual property disputes, financial services disputes and commercial litigation.
Sandy routinely applies the knowledge and experience gained from complex contentious disputes to the other side of his practice:
- contract drafting, and
- commercialisation advice.
His keen eye for detail has also seen him involved in legal due diligence for large-scale acquisitions in excess of $100 million.
To complement his practice, Sandy also has intimate knowledge of:
- the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ;
- Australian Consumer Law,;
- privacy laws;
- foreign investment laws;
- Foreign Investement Review Board (FIRB) regulations and fees, as well as
- general contract and corporate law.
Last but not least, Sandy can speak fluent Mandarin and is able to read and write both simplified and traditional Chinese. Having migrated to Australia, with his parents from Shanghai, when he was 10 years old, Sandy retains the perfect balance of understanding both the Chinese and Australian culture. Sandy is passionate about both cultures and is actively involved in the development of a China practice at Bennett & Philp. He regularly visits China together with Director Ken Philp to deliver seminars and establish legal and business connections, particularly in the Shandong Province region.
Sandy的与众不同之处在于拥有商业和法律双学位以及IT领域的行业背景（包括网络编程和数据库设计），所以很少有律师能比Sandy更好地提供全方面法律建议。他的广泛背景与对简化和解决复杂情况的才能使他有机会与法律老将Tony Bennett和Ken Philp（Bennett＆Philp律师的创始主任律师）一同参与过数百万澳元级的知识产权纠纷，金融服务纠纷和商业诉讼。
Sandy能说流利的普通话，并能读写简繁体中文。他在10岁时与父母一起从上海移民至澳洲。Sandy保持了对中国和澳大利亚文化的完美平衡。 Sandy对两种文化均充满热情，并积极参与Bennett＆Philp的中国业务发展。他定期与主任Ken Philp一起访问中国，举办研讨会并建立法律和业务关系，特别是在山东地区。