Jules is a partner at Simpsons, with over 15 years experience advising clients in the film & TV, music and information technology industries. He is named as a recommended lawyer in intellectual property, in the preeminent legal review publication, Legal 500.
Jules leads Simpsons’ Music, Film & TV and Digital Media practices. Jules provides clients in the entertainment, digital and intellectual property sectors with legal and strategic advice across a range of commercial matters that arise in those industries. These include the acquisition, management and sale of intellectual property assets, managing and exploiting brands and reputation, infringement matters and contractual disputes.
In the Digital sector, Jules provides legal and strategic advice to clients involved in start-ups, strategic business and deal structures, media campaigns, games and software development, social media, joint venture arrangements, equity investments and participation, shareholder agreements and disputes, earn-out arrangements, and sales and acquisitions. As media platforms increasingly converge, Jules has acquired extensive experience in advising clients on commissioning apps and other bespoke software, and on setting up multi-platform projects and campaigns and dealing with complex issues arising from the use of content from various sources.
In the Music sector, Jules is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading legal experts. He is the co-author, with Shane Simpson, of Australia’s music industry “bible”, Music Business: A Musician’s Guide to the Australian Music Industry. He advises clients on every aspect of the industry, including recording, publishing, management, live performance, endorsement agreements, social media and business structures. His music clients include national and international music publishers, record labels, producers, managers, song writers, performers and promoters. Artist representation is close to Jules’ heart and although he represents a number of established artists, he enjoys acting for emerging artists as well.
In the Film & TV sector Jules advises producers, production companies, investors and talent on a full range of matters including rights acquisition, development financing, production financing, engagement of key talent and creatives, production, postproduction, and sales and distribution agreements. Recent credits as a production lawyer include the feature films Beneath Hill 60 and Short Beach, as well as the feature documentary Decadence: the Decline of the Western World.
In the entertainment sector generally, Jules advises artists, event promoters, writers, advertising agencies, book publishers, industry associations and celebrities.
Jules is an active volunteer lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia, where he provides free legal advice to the members of the Centre in relation to the arts and entertainment industries. In 2011 he was nominated for the NSW Law and Justice Foundation’s volunteer award.
Jules is also an experienced musician in his own right. His practical and personal experience of the music industry gives him a valuable insight into the concerns of clients in that sector.
He is the long-serving President of Music New South Wales, a non-profit association set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales, Australia. (See the website www.musicnsw.com).
In 2012 Jules was appointed a mentor in the Generate incubator program of the Enterprise Connect Creative Industries Innovation Centre. Jules is a guest lecturer in the Associate Degree in Creative Industries program of the University of Western Sydney, and the Master of Arts Management program of the Australian Institute of Music and has been a guest lecturer in entertainment and intellectual property law at Southern Cross University.
Jules regularly addresses various bodies on intellectual property and entertainment industry matters, both as a keynote speaker and as a panel member, including the Association of Australian Artist Managers, Deakin University, the APRA Song Summit and the Australian Songwriters Conference.
He is a member of the Australian Copyright Society, Copyright Agency Limited and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).