Sandy Zhang

Sandy Zhang

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Associate
+61 7 3001 2932

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是Bennett&Philp的一位青年律师,但他具有的法律知识和经验远超出他的年龄段。他的专业领域是知识产权和商业法。

Sandy知道知识产权法不是一个孤立的领域。作为一种商业资产,知识产权无法与企业运营的复杂性从中分离。例如,商标的许可经常与使用商标的产品分销协议相伴而行。再例如,公司的知识产权盗窃往往会由公司的前雇员或董事策划。除了违反知识产权之外,他们的行动往往也会违反合同或受托责任。

在商业谈判阶段能采取适当的预防措施的关键因素即是理解知识产权纠纷是如何出现的。同样,理解知识产权争议的前后关系也是能成功解决纠纷的要点。

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常常将从复杂纠纷中获得的知识和经验应用到他的执业的另一方面:合同起草和商业化建议。他对细节的敏锐眼光也使他有机会参与过对超过1亿澳元的大规模收购的法律尽职调查。另外,Sandy还对“2010年竞争和消费者法”(包括澳大利亚消费者法),隐私法,外国投资法(包括FIRB法规和费用)以及合同和公司法有着深入的了解。

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。

Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) with Distinction | Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Laws - Second Class Honours | Queensland University of Technology
Memberships: 
Queensland Law Society
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
Queensland Young Lawyers
Sunnybank Chamber of Commerce
Admission: 
2014 Supreme Court of Queensland
2014 High Court of Australia
Related Services: 
Contract Preparation and Advice
Contracts - Disputes and Enforcements
Commercialisation and Licensing of IP
Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Misuse of Confidential Information
Misleading and Deceptive Conduct and Passing Off
Trade Marks
Patents
Copyright
Designs
Domain Names
IP Due Diligence
Competition and Consumer Law
Business Sales and Purchases
Trading Terms and Conditions
Corporations Act and ASIC
Mergers, Sales and Acquisitions
QCAT
Due Diligence
Dispute Resolution
Retainer and Fixed Fee Services
Global Investment
Wine, Vineyards and Liquor
Information Security
Information Technology