Awards and Accolades

Shelston IP is selective about which awards programs it participates in. We know – just as our clients and associates know – that some titles are more credible than others.


Managing Intellectual Property

Shelston IP continue to be ranked in the top tiers by this publication for patents and trade marks, both prosecution and contentious.IP Stars Tier 1

In 2019 Shelston IP’s trade mark team was again awarded a Tier 1 ranking.


The 2018 Managing IP  reports:

Shelston IP offers a full range of IP services including advice on commercialisation opportunities and plant breeders’ rights. The “responsive, commercially focused and good value for money” patent practice is strong in prosecution and noted for contentious matters. A litigation client describes Mark Vincent as “pragmatic” and praises his ability to “look for solutions” as well as his “excellent client relationship management”. The client also observes that Duncan Longstaff is “easy to work with and collaborates well with counsel and the in-house team”. Paul Harrison continues to work with Charles Tansey, the leader of the chemical group, on filings and oppositions. Executive general manager Russell Davies drives the mechanical engineering team, while portfolio manager Jack Redfern leads the electrical engineering group, helping Chris Bevitt with IP transactions.

Year after year, many of our senior practitioners are also recognised by the leading industry analysts. Our ‘IP Stars’ include:

Duncan Longstaff  

  •  Rising Star
Paul Harrison  

  • Patent
  • Patent Prosecution
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Sean McManis
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Gerard Skelly
  • Trade Mark
  • Trade Mark Enforcement and Litigation
  • Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Chambers and Partners

Shelston IP is ranked in 2019 Chambers and Partners.

A substantial, specialist IP firm with a comprehensive range of patent and trade mark services, with a focus on protection, enforcement and management. Offers specialism in the biotech, pharmaceutical, electronics and chemical arenas, in addition to trade mark protection and broader transactional matters. Handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, including protection, management and commercialisation of IP assets.

One interviewee comments: “They are really strong on electronic and IT matters.”

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM Patent 1000)

In the 2019 IAM  Patent 1000, Intellectual Asset Management lists Shelston IP as Highly Recommended firm for Patents – Prosecution and Recommended for Litigation and Transaction work:

“Shelston IP is head and shoulders above the rest, for its holistic service and deep reserves of knowledge. The team is super proactive and always one step ahead of the opposition; they work around the clock, never missing a deadline and will go above and beyond to ensure the work is first-rate.” An example of the firm’s innovative tendencies is its recent launch of OneAsia, a business solution aimed at providing clients with seamless one-stop shop protection across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Vice president of the Australian chapter of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Paul Harrison leaves both clients and peers in awe. As one patron enthuses: “Paul fuses his technical knowledge in chemical engineering with his legal expertise and sound commercial thinking, to produce great work. He has strong patent searching and analysis skills and his overall strategic approach makes him a stand out. Paul is proactive and his ability to understand complex processes and distil it into simple and easily digestible language is extremely valuable.” Patent attorney Greg Whitehead has a broad mechanical engineering practice; he possesses detailed and unique knowledge of robotic systems, automation equipment and industrial drying and heating machine patents. Both Kieran Williams and Grant Shoebridge are intimately familiar with patent term extensions and plant breeder’s rights and are the outfit’s resident biotech and pharmaceuticals authorities. Williams has an assured hand when it comes to overseeing complicated instructions thanks to former stints as a patent examiner at IP Australia and as a clinical pharmacology scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, while Shoebridge leverages over 15 years’ worth of medical research experience in the immunology field to provide consistently shrewd counsel. Commercial law department spearhead Chris Bevitt comes “highly recommended for his finesse in transactional matters. He has the ability to take intricate commercial arrangements involving the past, present and future rights and obligations of parties and draft meticulous, concise and effective clauses to reflect them perfectly. Chris’ turnaround is fast and his communication extremely effective – he proposes alternative solutions to achieve the best possible outcome. He is courteous and always available to answer questions too.”


Legal 500Legal 500 Asia Pacific Leading Firm

Shelston IP are ranked in 2019 as one of Australia’s leading Intellectual Property firms.

We also commend Senior Associate, Duncan Longstaff for being named as a Next Generation Lawyer for the 2nd year running.


World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000)

Shelston IP is a Recommended firm in the 2019 WTR 1000.

A formidable patent and trademark attorney firm, Shelston IP is home to 12 trademark experts offering a “solid” trademark service that runs the gamut. As “one of the largest inbound practices in Australia”, the firm is famed for its representation of Disney and Johnson & Johnson. “Highly experienced” trademark team leader Sean McManis dispenses “thorough and pragmatic advice”, while Gerard Skelly regularly features in IP Australia proceedings.



Shelston IP are recommended as a Leading Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Law Firm – NSW, 2019.