HWL Ebsworth acts in high profile intellectual property injunction proceedings

19 May 2023

HWL Ebsworth has acted for Austin Engineering Limited in obtaining an interlocutory injunction in the Federal Court of Australia against a former employee who has subsequently worked for a competitor, the Schlam Engineering Group. The injunction was based on allegations of infringement of copyright and misuse of confidential information.

Various entities in the Schlam Engineering Group were also respondents in the Court proceedings in respect of Norwich Pharmacal orders, which were contested by them. The Court found in favour of Austin and ordered the Schlam entities to provide the Norwich Pharmacal information to Austin, by affidavit.

A Norwich Pharmacal order is an order for disclosure of information which is beyond usual preliminary discovery rules of Court.

The proceedings continue.

The HWL Ebsworth team was led by Ashley Holland (Partner – Sydney), Clancy Bennett (Associate – Sydney) and Mayoorie Selvam (Solicitor – Sydney) with assistance from Zoe Weir (Partner – Perth), Nikki Argiriadis (Associate – Perth), Ari Kaklamanis (Solicitor – Sydney), Audrey Ooi (Solicitor – Perth), Shannon Reynolds (Graduate – Sydney) and Jackie Sorial (Law Clerk – Perth).

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by the Australian Financial Review.

The firm comprises 1,711 staff including 276 Partners, 1048 other legal staff and 387 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, Chief Strategy Officer (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

Angelique Kear, National Marketing Manager (02) 9334 8541 or akear@hwle.com.au

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