Grace Thomas-Edmond

Commercial law specialist, Grace Thomas-Edmond, works with AJ Park’s patent attorneys and other teams to provide commercial advice to clients ranging from start-ups to government agencies.

Expertise

A specialist in commercial law, Grace provides commercial advice to AJ Park’s clients with a focus on technology, intellectual property (IP) licence agreements and related issues. These include IP ownership and strategy, infringement issues, and the protection of confidential information and trade secrets. Her role also involves providing general company advice, and preparing and reviewing company constitutions and shareholders’ agreements, ICT and software procurement contracts, confidentiality agreements and sale and purchase contracts.

Grace’s clients range from start-ups through to government agencies and Crown Research Institutes. While most are New Zealand businesses, she also does patent assignments for overseas companies looking to protect their IP in New Zealand. Another aspect of her work involves helping organisations navigate the very specific laws around running competitions in Australia and New Zealand.

Among Grace’s interesting recent cases was working on the terms and conditions for the New Zealand flag-change referendum and advising on the ownership rights around flag designs.

Working style

Efficient and analytical by nature, Grace has the ability to identify a problem or pertinent issue and solve it. She enjoys collaborating with the wide range of experts at AJ Park whose varied backgrounds and training make for an interesting working environment.

AJ Park has quite a different culture compared to other big law firms. We have a lot of engineers, scientists and support staff who approach things from different perspectives. I like that variety.

Credentials and experience

Grace attended Victoria University in Wellington, graduating top of her class with a Bachelor of Laws with honours. Her first position after graduating was a two-year term as a judges’ clerk at the Wellington High Court.

Before joining AJ Park in November 2014, Grace worked as a senior solicitor in the commercial and ICT team of one of New Zealand’s major law firms. There, her role included advising on mergers and acquisitions, procurement contracts and master services agreements, as well as providing IP advice around copyright, and drafting and reviewing website terms of use and competition terms and conditions. 

Team

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