Expertise

Anton primarily practices in the areas listed below. Click on an area to find out more about Anton’s expertise.

Since his admission as a lawyer, Anton has gained an extensive knowledge of criminal law, from Local Court Matters to the Supreme Court. Before coming to the Bar, Anton worked for Legal Aid in Tasmania and NSW, where he regularly appeared in Local Court matters. He worked in the Indictable Appeals section, instructing in a number of sentence and conviction appeals before the Court of Criminal Appeal. Anton also worked for a period as a solicitor at the Drug Court of New South Wales.

Since coming to the Bar in 2013, Anton has appeared in a range of criminal law matters, including jury trials, Local Court hearings, sentence matters, and quasi-criminal proceedings such as Apprehended Violence Order applications, and forensic procedure applications.

Anton regularly assists clients with a range of patent, copyright and trade mark matters.

In patent law matters, Anton’s expertise builds on his academic knowledge, developed during research for his thesis on the patentability of software. In November 2014, Anton appeared for the Commissioner of Patents (lead David Catterns SC and Christian Dimitriadis SC), before the Full Court of the Federal Court in Research Affiliates v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150, dealing with the patentability of software.

Quite often, legal problems arise which have a distinctly technological aspect. Whether you are involved in a copyright dispute over a website; a fight about the right to use a domain name; or fighting off a cyberstalker, having a barrister who understands information technology inside out can be a distinct competitive advantage.

Before being a lawyer, Anton worked for many years as a computer programmer, in scientific research institutions, public listed companies, educational institutions and working on his own as a consultant.

Anton’s PhD thesis combined his love of technology with his love of the law, looking at the issue of whether software should be patentable or not.

Anton continues to apply technology to his work as a barrister. He is a director of the technology startup Tiro, which offers an online practice management solution for barristers.