Natalie Hickey is a partner of the firm located in the Melbourne centre. She has a broad litigation practice, encompassing general contractual disputes, multi-jurisdictional matters, and technology claims.
Described as a "high profile copyright and trade mark litigator" (ALB - Intellectual Property 2009), and as "proactive, commercially oriented and client-focussed" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012). Natalie also has expertise in managing reputational issues for clients (media and marketing, defamation, confidential information and the like). The changing nature of the law in a global digital economy is also of particular interest. This includes the role of marketing via the Internet, social media issues, and database protection.
Natalie is a leading individual in IP (Best Lawyers Australia 2010-2012).
Natalie has acted in landmark cases for clients such as Cadbury, Telstra and Sensis. These have included Federal Court proceedings concerning 'Cadbury purple' against Darrell Lea, and continuing litigation about the subsistence of copyright in the White Pages and Yellow Pages directories. Natalie is also currently acting in a Federal Court passing off case for an online market leader.
Natalie has also acted in disputes relating to sporting organisations. She manages contentious issues in relation to talent contracts and sponsorship arrangements.
Natalie has a Masters degree in media and telecommunications law. Natalie is an arbitrator of auDA domain name disputes. She helps manage the trade marks practice in the Melbourne centre.