GARY ROGERS

Gary established Blueprint Law in 2004 as he wanted to offer high-quality legal services that thoroughly understood the commercial context his clients were working in.

Since then, Blueprint Law has increased its client base almost entirely through referrals and recommendations and now has a substantial roster of successful clients.

Gary has over 20 years’ experience gained at respected commercial law firms in the UK and Australia, including the firm now known as K&L Gates and Coudert Brothers. He has worked in Sydney, Los Angeles and London, including four years as senior in-house counsel with major free-to-air broadcasters, Channels 4 and 5, in the UK.

He has worked across a broad range of commercial and corporate law issues, including joint ventures, financing, acquisitions and disposals, across many industry sectors. Gary's particular expertise lies in relation to providing advice on the commercial application of intellectual property rights in many different industries. He is also very experienced in relation to film and television financing, production and distribution. Gary has significant litigation experience, particularly in relation to intellectual property, media and technology matters. His clients are predominantly in the media, entertainment, intellectual property and technology areas of legal practice.

Gary is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Australia and originally qualified in England & Wales.

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NICK HART

Nick has practised extensively as a lawyer across the full breadth of the media, entertainment and technology sectors, both in-house and for prominent international and specialist law firms.

After undertaking his legal training in London and Singapore at international law firm Slaughter and May, Nick practised as a solicitor at a leading specialist music, media and entertainment firm in the West End of London before joining Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group as in-house counsel.

Nick moved to Sydney and became Special Counsel at the law firm Truman Hoyle (now part of the international firm Bird & Bird) specialising in intellectual property, technology, media and commercial law. During this time he also worked on secondment as an in-house counsel for two international technology and software businesses.

Nick has divided his legal career between working in highly respected law firms and as in-house counsel, allowing him to combine a strong legal background with an understanding and first-hand appreciation of the commercial and legal requirements of running a business. He is highly experienced in advising on various corporate and commercial issues, and in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements across a variety of business sectors, particularly in relation to technology and online businesses, from start-ups to multi-nationals.

Nick has particularly expertise in live theatre and events in Australia and internationally. In 2011, Nick joined the international entertainment group Global Creatures as its Head of Legal and Business Affairs. Through his work at the Really Useful Group and Global Creatures, Nick has gained first-hand commercial experience across all aspects of developing, producing and licensing theatrical and arena productions in Australia and worldwide.

Nick manages Blueprint Law’s theatre practice – one of the only practices of its kind in Australia – and continues to be highly active in the local theatrical community, including as a board member of The Hayes Theatre in Sydney

Nick is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Australia and originally qualified in England & Wales.

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TED CAWREY

Ted Cawrey is an experienced lawyer specialising in the development, production and exploitation of all forms of media content, the financing required to make that content and the corporate structuring necessary to complete it efficiently. He also develops and helps bring to market a wide range of specialised investment opportunities in the media sector.

Ted’s expertise is in monetising copyright works, particularly in structured film and television financing and tax-incentivised financing deals. He is very experienced in production and development arrangements for all forms of content (scripted and non-scripted) and digital and traditional distribution deals.

Ted has  developed his media financing practise since 2004 when he qualified at London’s leading specialist entertainment and media law firm. He then worked for 5 ½ years at Ingenious Media, where he was head of a large in-house Legal & Business Affairs team arranging investment in, and production of, a very wide variety of film and television projects being produced around the world.

Ted joined Blueprint Law in September 2016.  He drafts, negotiates and advises on complex financing, creative and corporate documents with a focus on the media sector, advising clients that produce, sell, distribute, bond and finance.

Ted is admitted to practise the laws of England & Wales.

KARINA VASILI

Karina joined Blueprint Law in 2010. Her expertise is in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, corporate and employment law. She  is also experienced in advising clients in the media and entertainment sector.

Within the firm’s intellectual property practice, Karina advises on the protection and commercialism of various forms of intellectual property. She assists in resolving intellectual property disputes and represents clients in the enforcement and protection of their intellectual property rights, including before the courts. With a particular emphasis on trade marks and copyright, Karina has extensive experience in commencing and managing both local and international trade mark portfolios and brand strategies for clients in a variety of the industry sectors as well as managing the use, licensing and ownership of copyright.

Karina has worked on a range of commercial and corporate matters including in relation to company structures, shareholder and investment arrangements, general commercial contracts and terms and conditions, commercial transactions and company secretarial duties, particularly in the start-up space. Her commercial experience extends to consumer law and trade practices issues relevant to businesses selling goods and/or providing services direct to consumers or other businesses.

Together with Gary, Karina manages the firm’s employment law practice and provides advice on a spectrum of employment law issues relevant to businesses generally but particularly for start-ups and businesses with innovative and unconventional business models. Karina has advised clients on both sides of the table (that is, both employees and employers) in relation to employment agreements, awards and enterprise agreements, employment rights and obligations, terminations, redundancies, workplace disputes (including general protections) and transfers of employment. Karina has represented clients in employment disputes including before the Fair Work Commission.

Karina contributes to the firm’s media and entertainment practice. She has experience in preparing and negotiating a broad range of rights and production agreements predominately in relation to film and television production.

Karina holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Diploma of Legal Practice (GPLP) and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales.

KELVIN TANG

Kelvin Tang graduated in 2010 from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. He joined Blueprint Law in 2011 and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia in late 2011.

Since joining Blueprint Law, Kelvin has worked on a variety of commercial matters across different industries, including IT, consumer electronics, courier services and various other online businesses. His experience ranges from assisting start-up businesses to establishing appropriate terms of trade, advising on issues relating to privacy and the use of information in marketing and preparing detailed contracts for high-value engagements, including distribution agreements, shareholders’ agreements and software development agreements.

In addition to the above, Kelvin has also assisted a number of our clients with expanding and restructuring various aspects of their business. For example, he has assisted with the registration and maintenance of a client’s international trademarks portfolio, including preparing licensing agreements with third party distributors to allow the sale and promotion of the client’s products. Further, Kelvin has helped many clients operating in the technology and software development sector restructure their contracts with suppliers and end-customers, providing various insights on what different stakeholders in commercial contracts may consider to be fair and reasonable contract terms.

Kelvin also has significant dispute resolution experience, having worked on a diverse range of litigious and potentially litigious disputes in a number of commercial contexts. In terms of matters that did not escalate into Court proceedings, he has helped negotiate and resolve disputes relating to the copyright in website content, disputes relating to commercial bank loans and disputes relating to the distribution of company assets. In particular, Kelvin has always tried to help clients work towards negotiated settlements to minimise the uncertainties and costs of litigation where appropriate.

In relation to litigious matters, Kelvin has had daily carriage of matters in both the New South Wales Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia. The kinds of cases that Kelvin has worked on include corporate insolvency, personal bankruptcy, bank loans and securities, business and personal mortgages, commercial leases, building disputes and farm debts. In this respect, Kelvin has developed a solid knowledge of court processes from having acted and appeared in interlocutory proceedings, subpoena matters, primary trials and appellate hearings. Further, Kelvin has litigation experience in Queensland and Victoria as well as New South Wales.

 

TANIA LOISEAU

Tania joined Blueprint Law in February 2013 as our practice support executive after completing an internship with the firm in 2012 and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in October 2015. 

During her time with the firm, Tania has gained valuable exposure to a wide variety of commercial matters. Tania now works across all of our practice areas and her responsibilities extend to conducting legal research on complex matters of commercial law, drafting court documents in preparation for hearings, liaising with Counsel, drafting precedent documents and generally assisting with the conduct of client matters. 

Tania holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.

ANNA COLLESS

Anna joined Blueprint Law in May 2016, bringing to the firm an extensive background in media and entertainment, with previous in-house production, business, and legal roles at The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, Sky UK, and BBC Worldwide ANZ.

While at Blueprint Law, Anna has worked across the full breadth of the firm’s practice areas, with a particular focus on theatre and live entertainment. Anna’s responsibilities include drafting and negotiating both international and domestic commercial documents, undertaking legal research, and generally assisting with trade mark searches, corporate registration and litigation preparation.

In her spare time, Anna manages various arts projects as Executive Producer of Edgewise Productions, a label dedicated to supporting emerging artists. She is also Editor of arts blog The Writeup.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law, and was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in October 2016.