Brett is the principal of the firm. Brett started the firm in 1992 and has, in the period since then, represented many of Australia’s leading artists, film and TV producers and creative businesses. Brett has written about music for Rolling Stone, the Drum Media and other publications, is a life member of radio station FBi and presented a weekly show on FBi for 10 years. He has no musical ability whatsoever.
Dave is a solicitor with the firm. Dave has previously worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, as Creative Manager for four years, and before that at Sydney law firm Allens Arthur Robinson. Dave is also a musician and songwriter and has played in Sydney bands Oliver, Knievel and Golden Rough.
Andrew is a solicitor with the firm. Andrew has significant media and entertainment experience across all distribution platforms having worked both in private practice at leading Sydney law firms and in-house at a commercial broadcaster, a telco and a large independent production company. Since returning to private practice in 2009, Andrew has advised MTV Australia, independent film and television producers and talent.
Andrew is a solicitor with the firm. Andrew's background is in entertainment and technology law. He spent four years in the IP, Communications and Technology group at Allens Linklaters and then six years as Director, Legal & Business Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment Australia. He has played music since he was five, and twice played backup percussion for Ben Folds at the Opera House, but now sticks to playing drums in Sydney band Spectacles.
Adrian is a solicitor with the firm. Alongside his artist management business, su:ku:ya, Adrian specialises in music law as well as corporate and commercial work. Before joining the firm, Adrian was head of legal and business affairs with the Mushroom Group. He also spent several years with law firm Allens Linklaters and held roles in A&R and marketing with Universal Music Australia, and worked in advertising account management and strategy. Having played in various bands around Sydney and hosted radio shows on FBi Radio, his creativity these days is channelled in doing poor imitations of Masterchef hosts and looking after a boutique management roster of artists.
Liz is a solicitor with the firm. Liz has significant experience in music, entertainment, commercial and IP law. Liz worked with us some years ago before moving onto roles including Head of Legal & Business Affairs at the Mushroom Group, Head of Business Affairs at Lunatic Entertainment (a leading music management business), Legal Counsel for the Laneway Festival and Flying Bark Productions. Liz is passionate about working with individuals and businesses across all creative industries.
Claire is a solicitor with the firm. Claire is also the founder of Bossy Music Management & PR and has a decade of experience working with artists, managers, promoters and labels across all levels of the industry. Prior to founding Bossy, Claire fulfilled a teenage dream of working at national youth broadcaster triple j, first as its publicist and then marketing manager. She has been a board member of the Association of Artist Managers since 2012. Claire is excited to share her perspective of the inner machinations of the industry with music clients.
Nick is a solicitor with the firm. Prior to joining to the firm in 2019, Nick was General Manager at Music Victoria, where he advocated across all aspects of the Victorian music community. Nick was a commercial and litigation lawyer at a boutique Melbourne law firm prior to that, representing a diverse range of clients on IP and general commercial matters. Nick is otherwise performing as a musician and DJ in Melbourne and beyond.
Steve is a solicitor with the firm. He was admitted in 1987 and has been a partner of Henry Davis York and Norton Rose Fulbright. Having escaped big law he splits his time between us and his role as Legal Counsel for the SCG Trust. His area of expertise is dispute resolution, which he says is mainly ensuring clients don’t get into fights rather than starting them. He is an enthusiastic supporter of alternative dispute resolution so ADR, mediation and arbitration (basically, not going to Court) is his primary aim.
Mary is a solicitor with the firm. Mary was admitted in 1986 and was an associate partner in the commercial property department of a large Sydney firm before joining Brett Oaten Solicitors in 1998. Mary undertakes any work relating to property in New South Wales including conveyancing, mortgages, options and subdivisions, as well as wills and estate work. Mary works from her home in Randwick and is available outside working hours if necessary.
Eva is our office manager and should be contacted for more information about the firm.
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