Jules is a partner at Simpsons, with over 15 years experience advising clients in the film & TV, music and information technology industries. He has been named as a recommended intellectual property lawyer in the preeminent legal review publication, Legal 500.
Jules leads Simpsons’ Music, Film & TV and Digital Media practices, providing advice across a range of commercial and contentious matters. These include the acquisition, management and sale of intellectual property assets, managing and exploiting brands and reputation, infringement matters and contractual disputes.
Clients and Practice Areas
Digital & Media: Strategic business and deal structures, media campaigns, games and software development, social media, joint venture arrangements, equity investments and participation, shareholder agreements and disputes, earn-out arrangements, sales and acquisitions, and start-ups. As media platforms increasingly converge, Jules has acquired extensive experience in advising clients on commissioning apps and other bespoke software, and on setting up multi-platform projects and campaigns and dealing with complex issues arising from the use of content from various sources.
Film & TV: Producers, production companies, investors and talent on a full range of matters including rights acquisition, development financing, production financing, engagement of key talent and creatives, production, post production, and sales and distribution agreements. Recent credits as a production lawyer include the feature films Beneath Hill 60 and Short Beach, as well as the feature documentary Decadence: the Decline of the Western World and the Fox TV factual series Coast Australia (Series 1 & 2). Jules is a contributing author to the well-received producers’ must-read, Media Law for Non-Lawyer’s (2nd ed. 2014).
Music: Jules is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading legal experts. He is the co-author, with Shane Simpson, of Australia’s music industry “bible”, Music Business: A Musician’s Guide to the Australian Music Industry. He advises clients on every aspect of the industry, including recording, publishing, management, live performance, endorsement agreements, social media and business structures. His clients include national and international music publishers, record labels, producers, managers, composers, performers and promoters.
In the entertainment sector generally, Jules advises artists, event promoters, writers, advertising agencies, book publishers, industry associations and celebrities.
- Representing leading lifestyle and media celebrity in connection with TV productions, ambassadorships, brand protection and assisting with media relations and brand integration business advice.
- Advising best-selling & award winning author on rights management, film adaptation and copyright infringement matters.
- Representing Australian cultural icon in relation to valuable rights management and catalogue administration matters.
- Establishing investment and intellectual property management structure for innovative “augmented reality” software initiative.
- Representing multinational record company in relation to copyright infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct (trade practices) matters.
- Advising multinational music publisher on local trade practices matters in connection with copyright.
- Advising multinational construction company on assignments of digital media properties.
- Advising national industry association on complex supply-chain management technology platform.
- Advising leading overseas independent television production company on establishing Australian operations.
- Structuring and securing deductible gift recipient status for a number of not-for profit organisations in the cultural sector.
Active volunteer lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia, providing free legal advice to the members of the Centre in relation to the arts and entertainment industries. Jules has repeatedly been recognised for his contributions, and was nominated by the Arts Law Centre for the NSW Law and Justice Foundation’s volunteer award.
Former President of Music New South Wales, and remains a board member of that non-profit association, which represents, promotes and develops the contemporary music industry in New South Wales. (See the website www.musicnsw.com).
Appointed a mentor in the Generate incubator program of the Enterprise Connect Creative Industries Innovation Centre.
Member of the Australian Copyright Society, Copyright Agency Limited and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
Guest lecturer in the Bachelor of Sound and Music Design at University of Technology Sydney.
Guest Lecturer, Australian Film Television and Radio School
Guest lecturer in the Master of Arts Management program of the Australian Institute of Music.
Guest lecturer in the Associate Degree in Creative Industries program of the University of Western Sydney.
Guest lecturer in entertainment and intellectual property law at Southern Cross University.
Jules regularly addresses various bodies on intellectual property and entertainment industry matters, both as a keynote speaker and as a panel member, including for the Association of Australian Artist Managers, Deakin University, the APRA Song Summit and the Australian Songwriters Conference.