Entertainment law expert heads Law School program

Leading Entertainment Lawyer and Sessional lecturer at
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Jules Munro.

25 May 2015

Extraordinary real-world insights, rigorous debate and analysis of important legal issues in the entertainment sector are the key to preparing for professional practice in entertainment law, according to a leading lawyer in the field, Jules Munro, now lecturing at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney.

Mr Munro, a partner at Simpsons Solicitors, where he leads the music, film and new media practice, joined the University’s Law School this semester. His appointment brings practical industry expertise to Notre Dame’s fourth and fifth year law students.

“My mission is to continue to provide an excellent grounding for those at Notre Dame who want to practice in the area of entertainment law,” Mr Munro said. “It is a highly practical industry-specific course, in a sector which touches many elements of the community and culture.”

School of Law Dean, Professor Michael Quinlan, said the University was committed to providing students with an excellent standard of training for the legal profession with students fortunate to be able to learn from people with the knowledge and experience of Mr Munro.

According to Mr Munro, entertainment law is a convergence point of contract, intellectual property, commercial and industrial law and provides the opportunity to apply a range of legal disciplines.

“Practising in the entertainment sector exposes lawyers to a broad range of contentious and litigious disputes, as well as commercial and transactional issues, and it’s a practice area that services Australia’s growing and commercially significant entertainment industry,” he said.

Mr Munro said the course was generally taken in the later part of a student’s degree as it was highly practical and addressed real-life examples, relying on students having a solid understanding of commercial, intellectual property and contract law.

“Entertainers and entertainment businesses need legal advisors who are as rigorous and well-trained as those advising any other serious business or cultural undertaking,” Mr Munro said.

“The practical nature of the course emphasises that we don’t need more ‘entertainment lawyers’: we need more great lawyers who can bring strong legal skills and industry knowledge to bear on the particular issues that face entertainers and entertainment businesses,” he said. “That is why the course concentrates on practical matters more than jurisprudence: but the legal principles underpin the discussion.”

Mr Munro has been named as a recommended intellectual property lawyer in the preeminent legal review publication Legal 500. He has also co-authored the music industry “bible” Music Business, with entertainment law pioneer Mr Shane Simpson (who founded Simpsons Solicitors and who previously guest lectured in entertainment law at Notre Dame).

Theresa Kyne: Tel (02) 8204 4141; Mob: 0407 408 177; theresa.kyne@nd.edu.au