Group relationships statement

AJ Park is the trading name for AJ Park IP Limited, AJ Park Law Limited and AJ Park IP Pty Limited, which provide separate services under the AJ Park brand collaboratively. AJ Park IP Limited is an incorporated patent attorney firm wholly owned by IPH Limited. AJ Park Law Limited is an incorporated law firm, wholly owned by lawyer shareholders, which operates and shares income with AJ Park IP Limited as part of the IPH Limited group. AJ Park Law Limited is solely responsible for the provision of all ‘legal services’ (within the meaning of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (NZ)) by AJ Park. AJ Park IP Pty Limited is an Australian incorporated patent attorney and law firm, wholly owned by IPH Limited

IPH Limited is the holding company for a number of intellectual property professional services firms (group businesses) and adjacent businesses, offering services and products across a range of countries and brands.

The success of the AJ Park business and the success of our clients require us to deliver the highest quality services, independently, and always in our clients’ best interests. To ensure this, AJ Park and each IPH group business adhere to the following key principles to ensure independence, appropriate disclosure of group relationships and the management of actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Act in the best interests of our clients

AJ Park and each of its attorneys and lawyers must act in the best interests of their clients and in accordance with the law.

Independent conduct of all client matters

AJ Park conducts all client cases independently from other IPH group businesses. AJ Park maintains a separate case management system from other IPH group businesses and no case related information is shared by AJ Park with other IPH group businesses.

(Note: AJ Park may in some cases engage or be engaged by other IPH group businesses as a foreign agent and information may be shared for that purpose.)
Active compliance with all legal and ethical requirements
AJ Park and each of its attorneys and lawyers actively comply with all applicable laws, regulations and codes of conduct, including professional regulations and codes, and privacy, competition and consumer protection legislation.

Active management of conflicts of interest

AJ Park and each responsible attorney or lawyer actively consider and manage actual and potential conflicts of interest. The AJ Park and IPH group structures and arrangements, including as to the separation and independent conduct of client cases by each group business, ensures compliance with legal and ethical requirements, and minimises the potential occurrence of conflicts.

Disclosure of group relationships and independence in tenders and proposals

AJ Park is open and transparent about its relationship with IPH and other group businesses, including by expressly notifying its membership of the group in competitive proposals and tenders. AJ Park and other group businesses prepare all tender responses and proposals independently from each other. No group business shares the content of any such tenders or proposals with any other group business.

Gathering and sharing of personal information

AJ Park and each group business collect and manage personal information in accordance with applicable privacy and personal data protection legislation, including the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 (NZ), Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth.), the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and other applicable privacy legislation in jurisdictions in which the group business has an establishment. For more information on how we manage and share such information see our privacy policy.

The proper management of these matters is of critical importance to AJ Park and the IPH group so as to ensure the interests of AJ Park clients are not affected. 

If you would like further information with respect to AJ Park’s approach to these matters, please contact us.