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Copyright and planning law: Where intellectual property meets real property.

4th August 2022 @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Courts and legal practices across Australia increasingly encounter a range of complex issues at the intersection of copyright and planning law. The Copyright Society of Australia is pleased to present a panel of leading experts who will examine recent developments and challenges in this important area of the law, including:

  • the moral rights of architects and building designers
  • infringement of planning documents; and
  • freedom of information or GIPA requests.

The Panel*:

  • The Hon Malcolm Craig QC, former Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW | Martin Place Chambers
  • Michael Hall SC | Nigel Bowen Chambers
  • Polly Seidler | Harry Seidler & Associates
  • Michael Causer | King & Wood Mallesons

The Moderator:

  • James Lawrence | Partner, Intellectual Property | Mills Oakley

*Chatham House Rules


Date: Thursday 4 August 2022
In-person: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons (& live streamed), Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000
(Online via Zoom: 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

In-person: Members $40 | Non-members $55
(All in-person tickets include drinks & canapes)  
Online: Members $25 | Non-members $40

1 CPD unit for 1 hr panel discussion attendance


Areas of interest:  copyright law, planning law, the NSW Land and Environment Court, architecture and property development.

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The Hon Malcom Craig QC

former Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW | Martin Place Chambers

Malcolm served as a judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales from March 2010 until June 2016. He has since returned to practice at the New South Wales Bar.

Following return to the Bar, he was appointed as a Principal Member (part-time) of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, sitting on both the Tribunal’s Appeal Panel and also in the Occupational Division of the Tribunal. He also held appointment as an Acting Judge of the NSW District Court between July 2017 and January 2020.

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In November 2016, he completed the Diploma Course conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) in International Commercial Arbitration. He is on the list of arbitrators maintained by the Bar Association. In the course of his present work at the Bar his focus is upon the provision of advice in the areas of environmental, town planning, land development, local government and valuation law as well as acting as a mediator in disputes referred to him.

Malcolm was admitted to the Bar in 1977. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989. Between 1992 and 1995 he served as a part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, he appeared as counsel in a broad range of matters before courts in NSW, the Federal Court and in the High Court.

Michael Hall SC

Nigel Bowen Chambers

Michael Hall SC is a barrister practising from Nigel Bowen Chambers in Sydney.

He practices in commercial law, with a focus on intellectual property, real property and planning and environmental law.

He has appeared in some of the leading recent Australian cases in copyright, notably the ‘Love is in the Air’ and ‘Golden Girls’ disputes and in on-going proceedings in the Copyright Tribunal.

He also practices in the Land and Environment Court in cases concerning land use and development, compulsory acquisition and local government law.

Polly Seidler

Harry Seidler & Associates

Polly Seidler is daughter of the late modern architect Harry Seidler AC OBE who was a famous modern architect in Sydney from 1950-2005. Her legal career started off as a paralegal in the planning division at Colin Biggers & Paisley (acting for non-profit “developers”). A few years later she worked for 13 months as legal officer at the Copyright Council. She is now both a part-time inhouse lawyer for the architectural firm Harry Seidler & Associates and manages 4 small office buildings where she coordinates the commercial leases and the heritage issues involved – and uniquely experiences the issues faced both as a building owner and architect moral rights holder.

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Her first degree majored in architectural studies. She also acts as research facilitator for information on Harry Seidler (and the artists he worked with) – which involves dealing with curators, documentary makers and academics, owners of Seidler designed buildings, and occasionally heritage listing writers, and engaging in the planning approval processes.

Michael Causer

King & Wood Mallesons

Michael Causer specialises in environmental, planning and valuation law focused upon real estate, infrastructure and resources projects. Michael’s work encompasses environmental and project approvals, land access and compensation, native title, planning and local government, threatened species, heritage, contaminated land, pollution law, hazardous substances and dangerous goods. He acts for mining companies, property developers, statutory authorities, and State and Local Government.


James Lawrence

James Lawrence is a partner at Mills Oakley where he specialises in the management of complex IP disputes. James has been involved in a number of noteworthy disputes during his career including the Optiver v Tibra computer source code copyright saga, the Nokia v InterDigital patent standard essentiality proceedings in the High Court of England & Wales, the Optus TV Now copyright proceedings and, more recently, in the Commissioner of Patents v Rokt software patent series of decisions. James also acted for the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys in its intervention on the very recent High Court of Australia appeal in Aristocrat v Commissioner of Patents.