We offer strategic and commercial advice on all aspects of a business or brand, including:

Corporate and commercial law

A range of expertise, including:

  • structuring start-ups
  • joint ventures and investor and shareholder agreements
  • partnership agreements
  • business acquisitions and sales
  • due diligence inquiries
  • company and incorporated associations constitutions
  • director loans
  • company secretariat advice
  • confidentiality agreements
  • intellectual property advice such as copyright and brand protection, trade secrets and confidential information
  • website terms of use and privacy policies
  • supplier trading terms
  • customer contracts
  • dispute resolution

Intellectual Property

Trade Marks and brand protection

We assist clients with all aspects of their brands from the establishment and protection of their trade mark rights to the enforcement of the reputation and goodwill of their businesses. We act for clients from all sectors, including media, fashion, arts and entertainment.

Specialist areas include:

  • brand creation and defensive protection advice
  • business and band name registration
  • trade mark commercialisation and strategy
  • trade mark applications and portfolio management
  • domain name acquisition and recovery
  • anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy work
  • infringement and dispute resolution


We have extensive experience advising on matters:

  • ownership and acquisition
  • commercial exploitation, including licensing and distribution arrangements
  • protection and enforcement
  • proactive and reactive anti-piracy measures
  • collecting societies
  • infringement and dispute resolution



We focus on the creative and business needs of individuals across the entertainment industries including actors, comedians and other creative individuals, working with their agents and managers to progress the commercial and creative activities of their clients.  Our expertise includes:

  • endorsements
  • management agreements
  • touring and events
  • sponsorship
  • home entertainment distribution and licensing for film, TV and online
  • merchandising


We act for artists and bands, artist managers, producers, songwriters, festivals, mixers, independent record labels and music publishers, and have broad experience in the online music licensing space. We advise on all aspects of the music business and can prepare agreements and advise on all areas such as:

  • recording and ‘all rights’ 360° agreements
  • music publishing agreements
  • deal negotiation
  • licensing and synchronisation
  • physical product and digital distribution
  • partnerships and band agreements
  • music publishing
  • venue hire agreements
  • management agreements
  • website terms and conditions and privacy policies
  • merchandising and sponsorship agreements
  • agency and promoter agreements
  • collecting societies
  • touring agreements
  • assembling the right team
  • dispute resolution
  • PPCA direct licensing guidelines

Film, TV and Theatre

We offer expertise on development and production of feature films and television programmes and theatrical productions, through to worldwide exploitation of properties in theatrical, home video and digital formats.

Areas of expertise:

  • rights acquisition and development – writers’ agreements, options over literary works, purchase of rights, and ‘first look’ agreements
  • distribution – sales agency arrangements, Australian & New Zealand and international distribution and licensing agreements, acquisitions and non-theatrical and ancillary rights agreements
  • production – releases, music supervision, music synchronisation licensing, music commissioning and footage clearances
  • investor agreements
  • merchandising and sponsorship
  • talent contracting
  • venue hire
  • dispute resolution

Digital Media

We advise on legal, commercial and strategic issues in developing and commercialising content, brands and services via the internet and mobile platforms to content owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups, music labels and streaming services. We have broad experience in digital business models with expertise in:

  • Podcasts
  • Content licensing and distribution
  • Domain name disputes
  • Infringement content take-down and removal
  • Trade promotions and online competitions
  • Content licensing and clearances
  • Webhosting and development agreements
  • Digital distribution of content
  • Technology licensing

Visual art and design

We offer specialist advice to clients with visual arts and design practices.

Our expertise includes:

  • commissioning agreements
  • consultant agreements
  • hire agreements
  • artist & gallery contracts
  • merchandising and sponsorship arrangements
  • copyright and designs law
  • moral rights
  • exhibition and touring
  • acquisition and licensing of rights
  • dispute resolution

Games industry

Expertise includes:

  • rights acquisition and commercialisation
  • eSports
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • music synchronisation licences
  • sponsorship and merchandising agreements
  • shareholder agreements
  • end user licence agreements
  • protecting intellectual property rights
  • contractor agreements
  • dispute resolution


We work with a number of fashion designers and fashion houses and provide advice on areas including:

  • brand protection
  • retail and commercial leases
  • domain name use
  • distribution and licensing agreements
  • dispute resolution


Clearview Legal Counsel Pty Ltd | ABN 46 609 979 053