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As key partners to the research sector in Australia, FAL has advised and worked with numerous Universities for many years. We have also advised commercial players, government bodies, technology companies and other organisations seeking to enter into joint ventures, collaborations and commercial arrangements with universities, which allows for the delivery of efficient and commercially sensitive legal advice.

A number of our team have worked as in-house counsel to Universities and their technology commercialisation companies, while one of our partners is also Deputy Chancellor of a university. Our lawyers have also lectured at Swinburne University, TAFE and other tertiary institutions on corporate, governance and IP topics.

We are therefore especially familiar with the imperatives specific to universities, such as ethical and regulatory frameworks, risk management liability, funding, freedom of operations, intellectual property liability and student involvement in research.

Our services to the Tertiary Education sector:
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Employment
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions
  • Defence Export Controls
Significant matters

FAL drafted the full suite of statutes and regulations regarding student misconduct, IP management and academic progression for a leading Melbourne-based university.

Our lawyers advised the commercialisation arm of a major Australian university on all legal aspects of commercialisation over a two-year period.

FAL advised on the establishment of a university-driven joint venture for the development of a nationwide computing and communications system infrastructure.

FAL advised a Victoria-based university on its social media strategy, in line with overarching Victorian Government guidelines and developed a university-wide social media policy for students and staff.

FAL advised on the lease of land to a university to construct a purpose built research facility and the grant of access rights to a third party to install fibre optic cabling.

FAL advised a University on the establishment of commercial facilities directed at critical water supply problems.

FAL provided strategic advice to a consortium of Universities for the implementation of joint selection and admissions procedures for graduate entry students, and the subsequent establishment of a new research institute.

FAL advised Rio Tinto on a broad suite of collaboration and student agreements with numerous Universities in Australia and overseas.

Our team advised on the establishment of a new university department to be operated by a third party research entity.