Adam has been the Managing Director of the firm since July 2007 and has been a partner and lawyer with the firm since 1998.
The majority of his clients are Australian and multi-national corporations in the publishing, music, film and games industries and those in need of specialist intellectual property advice. His practice spans both commercial advice and negotiation as well as litigation. He has a particular interest in copyright law.
He has been recommended in the legal review publications Chambers (Leading Individual), Legal 500, Doyle’s and Legal Profiles in the field of intellectual property. The Chambers guide for the Asia-Pacific region described Adam as “an industry expert with a very pragmatic approach” and as a leading lawyer in copyright and trade mark matters in Australia. Legal 500 described Adam as having a ‘deep understanding of [his] core areas of expertise’ and regularly instructed on ‘business-critical and high-value IP matters’.
His core areas of legal practice are intellectual property (copyright, trade marks, confidential information), contract, trade practices law and litigation.
Strategic Industry & Other Roles
This focus on intellectual property-based industries has led to various strategic roles within these industries.
Adam Simpson was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, to the position of Chair of the Enterprise Connect Creative Industries Innovation Centre Advisory Committee and member of the Enterprise Connect Advisory Council. This follows his role on the Centre’s Advisory Board.
He is also on the advisory board of & Company an emerging creative industry hub and and a number of other arts organisations on a pro-bono basis.
He initiated and chaired the Contemporary Music Working Group for many years. This group consists of key representatives of all the major music industry bodies including the two largest, Australian Recording Industry Association and the Australasian Performing Right Association. The group’s work has resulted in substantial benefits to industry as well as Government.
He was selected to attend the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in the Creative Stream. From this, he helped initiate and is a member of the Federal Government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group along with others including David Gonski, David Throsby, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Schultz.
Previously, he has been a director and Legal and Copyright Councilor of the Music Council of Australia and Viscopy, the collecting society for visual artists. For many years, he has acted as a volunteer lawyer at the Arts Law Centre of Australia advising those in the arts and entertainment industries in need of court representation and commercial advice on a pro bono basis. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Western Sydney (School of Creative Arts-Music).
He began his legal career with one of Australia’s largest law firms, before working in London with the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, Simons Muirhead & Burton, Mr. John Baldwin QC and Lord Justice Robin Jacob of the High Court.