Our firm was founded in 1986 by Shane Simpson with a clear purpose: to assist those in the creative and cultural sectors and those in need of specialist intellectual property advice. 30 years later, that same focus remains steadfast.
Simpsons has built a strong reputation as one of Australia’s most highly regarded intellectual property and entertainment practices.
The firm and its lawyers are highly commended in the legal review publications Chambers, Legal 500 and Doyle’s Guide. Legal 500 reported:
“Simpsons Solicitors is the perfect niche/boutique firm for advice and external assistance’ in IP [intellectual property]. Adam Simpson and Jules Munro are ‘intelligent, knowledgeable, honest, likeable, polite and charming, and act with integrity’. The firm has attracted a blue-chip client list for matters ranging from trade mark infringement, parallel importation advice under the copyright act, drafting licence agreements for character merchandising, complex copyright infringement advice and dispute resolution.”
Simpsons Solicitors provides a ‘remarkable service’, handling matters ‘with great diligence, skill and prowess’, and the team is ‘diverse in skill sets, personable and a pleasure to deal with’. Adam Simpson, Jules Munro and special counsels Andrea Simpson and Shane Simpson are ‘all to be thoroughly recommended’.
Doyle’s ranked the firm as one of 6 “Leading Small Firms” in IP and Chambers ranked Adam Simpson in their list of “Notable Practitioners” - as “an expert in the entertainment sector, and attracts clients in the publishing, music, film and gaming industries.”
Legal Profiles has rated us in the top “Premiere” category for entertainment law, and Australian Legal Business has recommended us for our intellectual property expertise and good work ethic.
More importantly though, we are valued by our clients and recommended by our peers (and even our competitors). Our client list features some of Australia’s (and indeed the world’s) most prominent brands, organisations and individuals as well as Federal and State Government institutions. We are regularly recommended by the largest law firms and leading barristers.
Of course, any firm is only as good as its people.
Our lawyers take pride in their work and have a real commitment to their clients and to getting the job done. They are selected not only for their intelligence and technical expertise, but also for their knowledge of our clients’ businesses. Many of our lawyers have commercial experience in our clients’ industries and are involved with industry associations.
We enjoy helping our clients. We strive to deliver our services above our clients’ expectations. We distinguish ourselves by not only tailoring our services to individual needs, but delivering it in a friendly and personal way. Our relationships with our clients are critical to our business, and important to us personally. Simpsons provides an excellent environment for its staff (with an enviable work/life balance) that we believe delivers a better service for our clients.
We are proud to support the industries in which we work and a diverse range of charities through financial donations and extensive pro-bono work through various programmes, including the Arts Law Centre of Australia which was founded by Shane Simpson.