Charles is a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s corporate and commercial group. Charles provides wide-ranging general commercial advice to clients, with particular areas of focus including corporate advisory and intellectual property / information technology.
Acting for listed and unlisted public and private clients, Charles advises across a broad range of industries, including agribusiness, financial services, technology and mining.
Charles has served as a non-executive director of an ASX listed company (including during its ASX listing) and has practical experience of the issues faced by boards in relation to corporate governance, dealings with regulators (especially ASX and ASIC), major transactions and capital raisings. Charles is also a regular presenter on such topics.
Charles has been listed as a recommended lawyer in Doyle’s Guide in its annual listings of leading Queensland corporate lawyers continuously since 2010. Charles’ team has also earned the firm a place in the guide’s list of leading corporate law firms in every edition since 2010.
Charles has also been listed in Best Lawyers Australia in 2013 and 2014 in the Commercial category. In 2015, he was also listed for Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
- Bachelor of Laws – University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Commerce – University of Melbourne
- Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Australian National University
- Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Member – Company Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society
- Listed in Best Lawyers Australia for Commercial (2013 and 2014)
- Recommended in Doyle’s Guide for corporate law (2010-2014)
Corporate and commercial
- Advising in relation to private equity transactions, financial instruments and derivative transactions for a state investment corporation.
- Providing legal advice in relation to the acquisition of substantial shareholding in an ASX listed company, and the takeover of an ASX listed company for a major hotel and resort chain.
- Advising a substantial shareholder of a large agribusiness on the $450 million sale of the business to a UK private equity firm.
- Providing ongoing corporate advisory, intellectual property, competition and consumer, and compliance advice to a major insurance company.
- Developing and implementing a competition law compliance program for a major retail group.
Intellectual property / Information technology
- Created patenting and other IP protection strategies for clients in IT and Biotech fields (liaising with other professionals such as Patent Attorneys where appropriate).
- Acting for numerous corporate and commercial clients (small and large) in applying for trade mark registrations and successfully conducting and defending trade mark opposition and infringement proceedings, including preparing submissions on adverse reports to IP Australia.
- Drafting licence agreements for clients from the perspective of both the licensee and licensor and relating to matters as diverse as plant breeders’ rights, software, business processes, trademarks and brands and copyright.
- Drafting distribution agreements for products invented in Australia and manufactured overseas.
- Drafting collaboration agreements with Government funded research bodies and training providers.
- Preparing intellectual property agreements, including licences to use, manufacture, develop and market, confidentiality agreements and agreements dealing with patent rights.
- Advising on ownership of IP developed by employees in the course of their work.
- Preparing and negotiating agreements for the development of iPhone applications.
- Preparing and negotiating agreements for outsourcing of IT services including advice on the legal implications of cloud computing.
- Conducting domain name dispute resolutions in Australia and overseas jurisdictions.
- Advising in relation to service level agreements, disaster recovery service agreements and software development and licence agreements.
- Advising in relation to master licence agreements for enterprise software between an Australian licensor and offshore licensees.
- Advising in relation to shrink-wrap and click-wrap licence agreements.
- Successfully conducting and defending trademark opposition and infringement proceedings.
- Advising in relation to a joint venture agreement for the development of power inverter technologies.