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Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)

Supporting Cooperative Research Centres Since 1991.

FAL specialise in the intricacies of Cooperative Research Centres. Our experienced Cooperative Research Centre lawyers collaborate with Cooperative Research Centres to help them achieve their goals and capitalise on opportunities. 

In 1991, FAL Lawyers drafted the first centre agreement for the formation of a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

In the years since, we have acted for over 100 CRCs across all industries, from capital markets, and mineral exploration, to digital health, cybersecurity, and innovative manufacturing.

We assist CRC’s on legal matters across every stage of their existence, from helping them set up, ensuring they operate smoothly, and assisting them in winding down and working out what comes next. So whether your CRC is just an idea or an established entity looking to evolve, FAL has the expertise to guide you along the journey.

We have advised and prepared documents for CRCs on matters pertaining to:

  • Structuring,
  • Intellectual property,
  • Taxation,
  • Employment issues
  • Governance
  • Complex commercialisation negotiations and deals,
  • Winding up,
  • Post-Centre strategy.

Our partners have been part of the CRC Program since its inception and we are proud to support them as continue to evolve to meet the everchanging needs of the program and its participants.   

FAL’s Cooperative Research Centre Lawyers

Jenni Lightowlers

Jenni Lightowlers - Cooperative Research Centre Lawyer

Jenni is a founding Partner of FAL Lawyers. She is regarded as Australia’s leading authority on establishing research entities such as Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).

Peter Francis

Peter Francis - Cooperative Research Centre Lawyer

Peter is a founding Partner of FAL Lawyers. He is regarded as one of Australia’s pre-eminent lawyers on technology commercialisation.

Get in Contact

Looking for legal support for your Cooperative Research Centre? Our team can help. To find out more about the support we provide to CRCs or discuss a legal solution tailored to your unique needs, get in contact with us.






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