Lydia Wallis

With her experience and expertise in corporate and commercial law, Lydia helps her clients maximise the commercial and strategic opportunities of their intellectual property.

Expertise

Corporate and commercial law is Lydia’s area of expertise. Her role at AJ Park sees her giving clients commercial advice from strategic guidance, and contract drafting and negotiation, to advice on intellectual property (IP) ownership and infringement issues. She also provides corporate legal services, such as drafting shareholders agreements and constitutions, corporate structuring advice, and providing general company law advice. She also drafts and negotiates commercial contracts such as sale and purchase agreements, licence agreements, services agreements, distribution and manufacturing agreements and confidentiality agreements.

Clients

Lydia’s clients range from the enthusiastic entrepreneurs and start-ups through to global corporations and government agencies. Many operate in the technology industry, and Lydia enjoys the diversity their different requirements bring to her working week.

Her recent work has included international distribution arrangements for New Zealand businesses such as leading swimwear manufacturer Snapper Rock, and artisan wine and food company Crown Range Cellar.

Working style

Confident, friendly and assertive, Lydia is a people person who enjoys being busy. She considers it a privilege to work for such a range of interesting clients at a market-leading law firm.

“We have so many passionate clients doing cutting-edge things. It’s exciting working with people who are at the forefront of their industries and have a drive to innovate. Understanding a client’s needs, motivation and direction is crucial to finding the best legal and commercial solution for them.”

To help them realise their business goals, Lydia seeks to fully understand her clients’ businesses, learning about their offering to find the correct commercialisation option for them (such as licensing or sale of IP), or alternatively, to understand their key drivers during a contractual negotiation.

Experience

Before joining AJ Park in 2015, Lydia worked at two mid-sized Auckland firms in their corporate and commercial teams.

“We have an excellent commercial team at AJ Park, and we also have engineers, scientists and trade mark lawyers who are leaders in their fields – this is an invaluable resource."

Team

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