Sandy Zhang

Daniel Moulis

Daniel Moulis is the founder and principal of Moulis Legal.

Daniel is recognised internationally as an expert in advising and representing clients on cross-border matters, international contracts and transaction structuring, and major projects. Clients rely on his deep knowledge and experience to introduce clarity and order to difficult challenges and in complex transactions, to help them achieve the best outcomes. He is well-regarded world-wide for his high-level involvement in the study and practice of international trade law throughout his 33 year career.

Internationally, Daniel has served clients in industries encompassing agriculture, building products, chemicals, energy, food processing, footwear, medical, mining, paper, steel and consumer goods. He has deep expertise in World Trade Organisation trade rules and disciplines, free trade agreements, and international dispute resolution. He has been particularly active in the fields of anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguard measures, customs, country of origin, export controls, quarantine and intellectual property rights.

Daniel is also well-known for his representation of clients in their major investments and projects in Canberra and nationally, in many cases with foreign participation. He has worked on complex property transactions for sovereign funds, national property owners, institutional investors, national tenants, developers with triple-A pre-commitments and solar project developers. He has advised on the development of the Belconnen and Woden town centres in Canberra, on the construction and land usage for the Capital Metro Light Rail, and on renewable energy projects both within and outside the Australian Capital Territory. He was Australian trade counsel for the US corporation that undertook the Maralinga nuclear test site clean-up.

Daniel also handles dispute resolution in his fields of practice. He has argued cases before many Federal administrative and adjudicative bodies in Australia, including the Federal Court, and has directed proceedings in the European Court of Justice. He has been called upon by the World Trade Organisation as a Dispute Settlement Body panelist on five occasions, and is regularly acknowledged to be amongst the world’s leading international trade lawyers.

Daniel is a former Chair of the Trade and Customs Law Committee of the International Bar Association Section on Business Law, and has lectured for the International Development Law Organisation. His past board appointments have included directorships of The Sixth Australian Masters Games, the Johnny Warren Football Foundation and Football Federation Australia.

ICT Lawyer in Canberra

Shaun Creighton is a partner director at Moulis Legal. He leads Moulis Legal’s intellectual property, commercial and government procurement practice.

Consistent with the commercial+international philosophy of the firm, Shaun has practiced for over a decade in assisting clients identify, protect and commercialise their valuable intellectual property rights in Australia and internationally.

He has acted for some of Australia’s best known brands across a number of industries including information communications and technology, biotechnology, broadcasting, health, sport and wine. His brand protection and commercialisation services have encompassed securing Australian and international trade mark rights (registration and defence), certification of trade marks and shape trade marks, and the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP rights agreements. These include international distribution agreements, trade mark licences, content supply agreements, product supply agreements, sponsorship agreements, joint venture agreements and franchise agreements.

Shaun represents ICT companies in their B2B and B2C transactions. This includes end user licence agreements, teaming agreements such as re-seller agreements and strategic alliance arrangements, and consumer and privacy law compliance. For start-up ventures, he is experienced in drafting founder agreements, securing IP rights in one or more jurisdictions, drafting terms of supply, and advising on regulatory compliance.

Shaun has extensive government procurement experience and expertise, especially in the ICT area, having been Senior Legal Counsel at Airservices Australia for more than eight years. In that capacity Shaun has handled contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of complex radar systems, telecommunications systems, software (including software as a service) and hardware. He has a strong working knowledge of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules which is critical for representing the public and private sectors alike in major government-related transactions.

Shaun also adds to the sports law, governance and administration credentials of Moulis Legal, and counts many national sporting organisations, professional sporting teams, athletes and organisers of sporting events amongst his list of valued clients. He has been in-house legal counsel with the Australian Sports Commission, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Melbourne Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Shaun is a former Director of Athletics Australia, the Canberra International Film Festival and the ACT Olympic Council. He was the President of the ACT Olympians Club from 2008 to 2012, has been a National Track & Field Selector since 2012, and is currently the Chairman of the Physical Activity Foundation.

Prior to studying law, Shaun was a professional track and field athlete. He competed for Australia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and still holds the Australian 3,000m Steeplechase record. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2002), and has a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (2008). In addition to being a specialist intellectual property lawyer, Shaun is a registered Trade Marks Attorney.

Outside of work, Shaun can be found trying to combine his interests in sport, events and wine, but not necessarily all at the same time.

Suzanne Moulis

As Moulis Legal’s chief executive, Suzanne creates the environment for our lawyers to meet our clients’ and stakeholder goals. Suzanne works with the senior legal staff to set the direction of the firm and ensure Moulis Legal’s team, culture and operations are all aligned to deliver quality work to our clients.Suzanne develops Moulis Legal’s long-term strategy and annual business plans, manages its corporate governance and business performance and also manages Moulis Legal’s professional support staff. Suzanne ensures that Moulis Legal and its staff continue to develop and progress as a modern legal services business, delivering legal services at the highest level, on a personal basis, and with understanding and commitment.Suzanne is an experienced management professional who is well-attuned to the market and commercial issues that impact on the water, energy and resources, environment, property and construction, and transportation industries, locally and globally. Prior to joining Moulis Legal, Suzanne was a member of the local leadership team of a global professional services consulting firm, with responsibility for maintaining and increasing annual revenues.Suzanne holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and a University of Canberra Medallist. She is a founding member and former chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Diversity Committee, a panellist on a number of Sydney design review panels for large residential and commercial developments, and mum to an energetic nine-year-old.

Outside of work Suzanne enjoys fitness, friendships and family.

Senior Associate Lawyer

Charles Zhan is a senior associate with Moulis Legal. He performs a key role in our international regulatory and commercial law practice, with focus on trade defence and cross-border transactions. Charles has dual Chinese and Australian legal qualifications and he is regularly the Moulis Legal primary contact for international trade law matters.

Charles has represented major international companies operating in a range of industries, including in the agrichemical, aluminium, automobile, electrical, energy, engineering, glass, paper and steel sectors. He has hands-on experience in representing clients across various Asian and European countries, including acting on behalf of foreign governments in their trade law and policy relationship with Australia.

Charles has assisted clients in a variety of trade defence matters. These include anti-dumping and countervailing investigations and appeals, customs compliance, competition law, cross-border trade dispute, matters involving international investment, commercial transactions, and commercial and judicial review litigation. Charles’ outstanding analytical and problem solving skills, strong commercial acumen, strategic thinking, and cross-cultural understanding allow him to provide top quality and highly regarded advice to our clients.

Although spending most of his time on cross-border matters, and as a dedicated flag-carrier of our fly-in-fly-out approach towards advising our international clients, Charles also contributes to Moulis Legal’s purely domestic commercial law practice, mainly in the areas of competition law, property and litigation.

Charles was born in Beijing and studied at the Shanghai Maritime University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law majoring in Maritime Law. After graduation, he then gained different experiences in Beijing, from a commercial law firm, maritime arbitration tribunal, to drafting logistic plans for large aircrafts for a Russian international cargo airline company. He then moved to Australia, and was awarded with a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice by the Australian National University, before being admitted as Solicitor and Barrister to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Naturally, Charles communicates in both Mandarin and English, at the highest business and technical level.

Charles has been actively engaging with the business and legal communities through his regular participation at various local and internationally focused business council events, and has hosted seminars regarding Australia-China business development, and cross-border trade and investment issues.

Outside of work, Charles passionately does more work (whilst also finding time to enjoy with family, good food, gardening, music, and (non-work related) travels).

Alistair Bridges

Alistair is a senior associate with Moulis Legal and is a key member of the firm’s international trade practice as well as the manager of Moulis Legal’s Melbourne office.

Alistair is a key resource for our clients in the handling of major trade, commercial and cross-border matters, and in trade-related Federal Court litigation. He has worked for a broad range of clients, including retailers, importers, exporters and manufacturers that are amongst the biggest and best-known companies in the world.

Alistair has significant experience in international trade law matters, including anti-dumping and countervailing investigations, safeguards investigations, customs valuations and classifications, export controls/sanctions compliance, complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions and judicial review litigation. His strong skills in research, legislative interpretation, development of legal argumentation and strategy and legal drafting, and his thorough understanding of the commercial, societal and political context in which his clients operate, allow him to provide thorough and nuanced representation and advice.

In recognition of his experience, Alistair is acknowledged as an “Associate to Watch” in the International Law/WTO arena by Chambers & Partners. He was recognised as one of Australia’s 21 most outstanding young lawyers by The Australian newspaper in 2016 and is listed as a leading export control and sanctions expert by the Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions.

Alistair has a Masters Degree (with Merit) in Laws, specialising in international law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Merit) both from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in economic analysis) and a Bachelor Degree in Law (with Honours) from the University of Tasmania. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Before commencing at Moulis Legal, Alistair completed the Australian Tax Office graduate program, where he received a great deal of technical experience in tax affairs and the workings of government. He was exposed to both the policy side of the agency’s responsibilities and the legal implementation of those policies. Most notably, he worked in the team responsible for the agency’s implementation of the Future Tax System Review.

During his time at the University of Tasmania, Alistair held the office of Careers and Social Justice Officer for the Tasmanian University Law Society, and Australian Legal Education Forum Co-ordinator for the Australian Law Student Association Committee. In between these commitments he also acted as a freelance writer and radio host for Edge Radio.

In his free time Alistair enjoys reading, going to concerts and Scotch. He appreciates, and makes, a good coffee. One day, soon, he will learn to play the guitar.

Consultant Counsel

Dorothy Terwiel assists clients to identify complexities that are difficult to detect in information technology and procurement transactions. She then helps them manage their risks and achieve an agreeable solution.

She advises clients in the ICT, government and quasi-government sectors on a range of issues including appropriate strategies to mitigate risks and manage disputes, intellectual property licenses and complex goods and services agreements. An experienced secondee to Commonwealth government departments, Dorothy has a deep understanding of how they operate. Her collegial approach is highly valued and has enabled her to manage their legal and commercial risk in procurement and outsourcing projects of significant value and risk.

Dorothy has over 14 years’ experience in both private and government practice, with a focus on all aspects of contract law, intellectual property and probity. During her time at both AirServices Australia and ASG Limited she was responsible for advising on all aspects of their technology licensing and contractual risk management.  While on secondment with the Department of Defence, she was a key member of the commercial tender evaluation working group that reviewed and reported on the procurement of a fleet of offshore patrol vessels.  She has also acted as an external probity advisor, conducting audits for large government departments to ensure their internal processes are robust and can withstand external scrutiny.

Based in our Canberra office, Moulis Legal’s clients will benefit from Dorothy’s deep experience in technology and government procurement. She has a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Australian National University.

On her weekends Dorothy enjoys spending time with her children and tending to the garden. Current projects include a hydrangea hedge and experimenting with new colours and shapes in her back garden.

Sandy Zhang

Sandy Zhang is a senior associate in our Brisbane office. He is an astute commercial lawyer with special skills in intellectual property litigation and experience in handling China-Australia business issues.

Intellectual property is the key driver of modern business value. Sandy helps businesses and individuals commercialise and protect their IP assets. These “assets” cannot only be considered in the traditional sense of trade marks, patents, design and copyright. Rights infringement extends into competition, branding, company procedures, knowledge protection, employee retention and contractual rights. This broad appreciation of what constitute defensible commercial rights has taken Sandy into both domestic and international courts and tribunals to defend his clients in disputes about matters such as share ownership, confidential information and consumer protection laws.

Sandy thrives on the resolution of complex commercial problems. His clients operate in industries that you would expect them to – for example, the digital and IT industries – and in industries you might not – for example, foreign investment, construction and employment. Sandy’s practice is unified by his close understanding of how business works, and how the law can be employed to fix it when it is broken. His information technology and IP background has been a launch pad for engagement in transactions and disputes involving a broad cross-section of businesses in a number of jurisdictions. His dual-country cultural appreciation stands him in good stead when it comes time to explain, negotiate or resolve Australia-China business problems.

Sandy is a current member of the Queensland committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (“IPSANZ”). He has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a “Rising Star” in the Intellectual Property and Technology, Media and Communication category.

Sandy holds a double degree in Business and Law from Queensland University of Technology and is proficient in multiple programming languages such as PHP, MySQL, HTML and JavaScript. He is an avid fan of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Sandy came to Australia from Shanghai with his family when he was 10. When not at work, he will usually be at home … web programming, juggling two young children and complaining that he no longer has time for his guitar.

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy is a senior associate in Moulis Legal’s dispute resolution team.

Based in Moulis Legal’s Brisbane office, Emily works with domestic and international clients to manage and resolve their disputes commercially and efficiently.

Emily has assisted clients in a range of dispute matters including complex contractual litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, cross-border intellectual property infringements as well as competition law issues. Emily also has experience in seeking judicial review of decisions made by Customs and other trade law bodies and works closely with Moulis Legal’s international trade team in these reviews.

Emily advises and represents clients from a variety of industries at all stages of a dispute, from providing initial advice on potential claims and prospects of success, through to issuing Court proceedings and appearing at trial. Having been involved in legal proceedings in multiple Australian jurisdictions, including the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Emily has extensive knowledge of the rules, practices and procedures of each Court which she uses to her client’s advantage in negotiating and resolving disputes.

Emily also assists clients in responding to and managing regulatory matters including inquiries from government departments and investigations by regulatory authorities. This includes reviewing and responding to demands and infringement notices already issued, or liaising with and advocating for clients in response to an inquiry or investigation. Emily’s experience in dealing with regulators also includes representing clients in public merger reviews conducted by the ACCC.

Beyond the courtroom, Emily’s clients appreciate her ability to understand and learn about their business and take into consideration their commercial goals when resolving a dispute. This commercial awareness reflects Emily’s strengths in strategically analysing the direction of a matter, assessing prospects of success and identifying commercial opportunities in the resolution of a dispute.

Emily graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. During 2016, Emily undertook a study tour in China with the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, spending time in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai to further develop her understanding of Chinese language, culture and business practices. Emily is currently the Chairperson of the College of Law Alumni Association Queensland Chapter, is a committee member for the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, and is actively involved with LAWASIA and the Queensland Law Society.

Macky Markar

Macky Markar is a senior lawyer who works across the Moulis Legal trade, property and commercial teams.

Macky started his Moulis Legal career as a paralegal in our Brisbane office, and then relocated to our Canberra office in early 2017. Macky works across a number of our practice areas assisting in a broad array of international and domestic business issues.

Macky has travelled significantly, and lived in multiple countries, including China and Sri Lanka. As a consequence, he has a strong interest in international issues, and provides us with a unique outlook on cross-border matters and social and cultural diversity. His experience living in China has complemented Moulis Legal’s China practice and has seen him present in person and via podcast on Chinese investment topics.

Macky undertakes the research and analysis which underpins the advice we give to our international trade clients, and keeps our team aware of both ongoing issues and new developments. He has been closely involved in the comprehensive injury analysis, detailed verification work and financial interrogation that accompanies government investigations of cross-border commerce.

Macky has provided advice to clients on a range of international investment and commercial matters. This has included work as varied as labelling and packaging requirements for export of products into Asia, corporate structuring of a prospective charity and the legislative implications on the import of cosmetic goods into Australia.

In the commercial property space, Macky has performed due diligence and property certification tasks on properties as diverse as commercial office buildings in Townsville, Gold Coast and Canberra, and renewable energy sites in urban fringe and rural areas.

Macky is a graduate of the University of Queensland, where he completed a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance.

Macky doesn’t like cricket. He loves it. He also likes to travel.

Commercial Property Lawyer

Caroline Faeh helps individuals and businesses identify and manage risk in their property and commercial transactions in Australia. She assists clients to find innovative solutions that meet their commercial objectives by looking at the big picture and addressing each of their issues in order of importance. Time is of the essence in complex transactions, which is why Caroline works efficiently and makes sure she is available to answer questions her clients may have.She gives advice to developers, tenants and landlords in a wide variety of industries on the entire spectrum of commercial property transactions. This includes sale and purchase agreements, leasing, mortgages and financing, deeds, sub-leases, special conditions, institutional advice, due diligence and planning, development and construction projects. She also works with families and large corporate groups to effect transfers and implement court orders.Caroline brings together her experience in corporate litigation and property to help our clients progress their transactions effectively. She has worked with clients internationally and in every State and Territory in Australia. Her experience includes assisting clients located overseas who have property transactions in Australia and she is deft at managing complex transactions across multiple jurisdictions with ease. Within Australia, she has managed national conveyancing arrangements and negotiated complex land contracts across state boundaries. Based in Canberra, our clients will benefit from Caroline’s ability to identify issues quickly and help them negotiate points they may not have been aware of. Her collegial approach is also highly valued. She has a double-degree in Law and International Studies from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University.Caroline is fluent in Swiss-German, German and Spanish and has an adventurous streak. She loves snowboarding and came third in Australia’s longest downhill snowboard race, the Thredbo Top To Bottom.

Maddison Godwin

Maddison Godwin is a lawyer based in our Canberra office.  She supports our lawyers and our clients with research, analysis and details of developments in their areas of law. Most recently Maddison has supported material injury and verification claims in the context of commercial government investigations. Maddison also has extensive experience in detailed legal research and brief preparation gained from her tenure with LegalAid ACT providing sound and reasoned advice to a diverse range of clients, often in time sensitive situations.

While Maddison’s enthusiasm and tenacity are utilised in all areas of our practice, her passion is trade law.  Having studied and researched this area of law comprehensively within her degree, Maddison has also developed her knowledge further in a practical capacity as a participant in the 2018 European Law Students Association International Trade Law Moot, advancing to the Final Rounds at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.  Maddison recently graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree in Law (Honours) and International Relations.

Maddison’s creativity extends to her spare time as she loves developing exciting new dishes and flavours in the kitchen, as well as going out to try new food with her friends.

Lochlan Worrell

Lochlan Worrell is a paralegal based in our Brisbane office and is currently completing his Bachelor of Laws through Bond University.

Supporting our litigation, commercial and trade law teams Lochlan performs research, drafting and administrative functions to ensure our lawyers can continue to provide high quality, cost effective advice for our clients. Lochlan has a Diploma in Commerce and a particular interest in commercial law.

In his spare time, Lochlan enjoys getting off the beaten track camping and is an avid hiker, having twice accepted the challenge of trekking the Everest region of the Himalayas.

Rocky Lagudi

Rocky Lagudi is a paralegal based in our Canberra office. Rocky undertakes the important role of assisting our lawyers to deliver high quality, timely legal advice to our clients. Rocky conducts legal research for matters and presentations, assists in drafting and general matter and office administration.

Rocky is developing his skills in corporate and commercial law, sports law and finance, in particular funds management. He is currently completing a double degree in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Commerce (Finance) through the Australian National University.

With a penchant for keeping busy, Rocky can be found outside the office moonlighting as a DJ on most weekends or keeping busy with some of ANU’s clubs and societies.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a Chartered Accountant and Moulis Legal’s finance manager. He is based in our Canberra office.

Andrew manages all aspects of our financial operations, supporting our clients and lawyers with accurate and timely financial information; and ensures a professional finance experience for our stakeholders, suppliers and staff. Andrew provides accurate and timely management reporting, and develops related policies and procedures. He works with all stakeholders to ensure that Moulis Legal operates efficiently and is proactive in identifying opportunities for improvement.

Andrew has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies. He also spent five years in London with a large international business. Outside of the office, Andrew is busy with his one-year-old daughter and following football. When he has time.

Caroline Bachi

Caroline Bachi is Moulis Legal’s office and human resources manager. She is based in our Canberra office.

Caroline is responsible for managing all aspects of human resource compliance for the firm nationally. As we continue to grow, she onboards our new employees so they have the tools they need to perform at their best, and ensures all our professional staff have access to quality Continuing Legal Education resources. As custodian of our Healthier Work Program, she also makes sure we are all in peak form.

Caroline puts her organisational skills to good use implementing and managing our policies and procedures and ensuring the smooth operation of our office systems.

Caroline holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources through Deakin University and is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. In her spare time she enjoys photography, keeping fit and visiting the mountains or ocean.

Office and Marketing Administrator

Kelli Marriott is Moulis Legal’s office and marketing administrator. She is based in our Brisbane office.

Kelli is responsible for the coordination of our marketing projects and activities nationally and also keeps our Brisbane office running smoothly. Kelli works with our staff and business partners to ensure that the boutique and innovative brand of Moulis Legal maintains its exemplary standard.

In her spare time, Kelli enjoys playing netball and spending time with her four children.

Mia Taylor

Mia is Moulis Legal’s finance assistant and provides reception support. Based in our Canberra office, Mia is responsible for assisting the finance manager, including daily maintenance of account transactions, supplier payments, bank reconciliations, invoicing and receipting client transactions.

She has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canberra.

In her spare time, Mia is very skilled at creating cakes and enjoys keeping fit.

Teaghan Hogg

Teaghan is one half of Moulis Legal’s reception team, along with Mia Taylor. Based in our Canberra office, Teaghan is the first point of contact for phone calls and visitors, and is responsible for a variety of reception duties such as file maintenance, organising staff events and coordinating internal communications.

She is also responsible for maintaining the common areas of the firm and attending to ad hoc staff requirements. Teaghan is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with the hope of completing honours and masters.

Outside work, Teaghan is passionate about environmental issues and loves travel and foreign culture.