Catherine Sedgley is a Senior Associate within Coleman Greig's Commercial Advice team. Having assisted clients across a wide range of commercial legal areas, she has developed a passion and a particularly high level of expertise and practical knowledge in the areas of brand protection, intellectual property and franchising law.
Catherine is extremely well-versed in all aspects of Australian and international trade mark law and is an experienced advocate in oppositions, removal actions and other matters before the Australian Registrar of Trade Marks. She recognises the critical importance of brand owners securing the correct level of protection for their intellectual property in the jurisdictions where they conduct their business, and more importantly in respect of the goods and services they offer.
In addition to her passion for protecting brands and intellectual property for her clients, Catherine specialises in providing advice, support and guidance to those operating in the Australian franchise industry. Having worked with both start-up and established franchise networks and both franchisors and franchisees, she has a thorough understanding of the franchising industry and is in a unique position when it comes to assisting her clients.
Whether it be advising a prospective franchisee wishing to join a network or assisting a franchisor to breach or even terminate one of their franchisees, Catherine understands and appreciates the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee from both perspectives. One of Catherine’s strengths is her ability to explain and break down any legalese contained in the franchise documentation ensuring a prospective franchisee has a clear understanding of their rights and any obligations owed to the franchisor before entering into the franchise agreement.
Catherine is both Coleman Greig's key representative for dealings with the Franchise Council of Australia, and is an active member of the Intellectual Property of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).
In her spare time, Catherine is involved in the sport of dragon boating, and has represented New South Wales since 2012. She has similarly represented Australia at the Asian Championships in 2014, as well as the World Dragon Boat Championships in 2015.