We are pleased to announce the promotion of two senior associates to principal, the most senior role within the firm. The promotion of Grace Thomas-Edmond and Helen Bellchambers took effect from 1 July 2021.
AJ Park Managing Director Dr Andrea Dickens says, “We’re delighted to promote Grace and Helen into these senior roles which highlight the level they are performing at, as well as our appreciation of the work they both do.
These promotions reaffirm AJ Parks commitment to supporting our clients with their intellectual property (IP) requirements through ‘intelligent action’,” she adds.
Grace specialises in commercial law with a focus on technology, IP licensing and related IP and commercial law issues. She supports a range of clients from start-ups to government agencies by providing IP strategy advice, drafting IP related agreements, such as license agreements, reseller agreements and manufacturing agreements, preparing and reviewing shareholders’ agreements, ICT and software procurement contracts, confidentiality agreements and sale and purchase contracts. She takes a problem-solving, collaborative and practical approach to her work and can identify a problem or pertinent issue and solve it. View her full profile here.
Helen is a patent attorney and lawyer with expertise in plant variety rights and pharmaceutical and biotechnology inventions. She holds a dual role at AJ Park working in both the life sciences patents team and the litigation and dispute resolution team. Helen uses her knowledge to develop strategic IP plans to suit her clients’ commercial objectives in New Zealand and overseas. View her full profile here.
Alongside these principal appointments, we have also promoted the following people:
- Chris Ross (Trade marks): Senior Associate to Special Counsel
- Dr Katherine Hebditch (Chembio): Associate to Senior Associate
- Gillian Nelson (Trade marks): Associate to Senior Associate
- Zoe Dewhurst (Trade marks): Associate to Senior Associate
- Dr Briar Dominick (Chembio): Patent attorney to Associate
- Eloise Toner (Litigation): Solicitor to Associate
- Hossein Mehrabi (EIT): Patent attorney to Associate
- Sam Ting (Chembio): Patent attorney to Associate
I’m delighted to be promoting ten professionals who proactively live our AJ Park values – ambitious, connected, clear, expert and progressive. We take care in recognising and rewarding our staff for their expertise.- Dr Andrea Dickens