Philip Colman


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About Philip

Philip is the Principal who heads our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Team.  He has over 30 years experience as a Lawyer. 

His approach to any matter is to gain a full understanding of all relevant facts then provide both a legal and commercial strategy aimed at and maximising the return for the client.  This may range from an aggressive litigation strategy to a more passive negotiating strategy.  

Philip has successfully handled a number of landmark cases involving some of Australia’s leading corporations relating to franchising and trade practices issues. 

Philip’s practice focuses on: 

  • Representing individuals and all types of businesses, locally and internationally, involved in all types of commercial and intellectual property disputes at different levels (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial litigation and appeals)
  • Assisting his clients in recovering outstanding debts and dealing with difficult customers
  • Representing local and international franchisors and franchisees in relation to:
    • Franchising Code of Conduct compliance
    • Competition and Consumer Act compliance
    • Drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, including Disclosure Documents, Intellectual Property Licence Agreements, Supply Agreements, Sale of Business Agreements and Finance Agreements
    • Disputes

In 1993 Philip gained specialist accreditation from the Law Institute of Victoria in commercial litigation.  Since 2003 Philip has been a member of the Law Institute’s Commercial Litigation Advisory Committee and between 2010 and 2012 chaired that committee.  Philip is currently a member of the Specialisation Board of the Law Institute of Victoria.  Philip is also a member of the Law Council of Australia (Australian Federal Litigation Section) and the Law Institute of Victoria.

Philip served for a number of years on the Victorian Chapter Committee of the Franchising Council of Australia, the peak body representing the franchising sector in Australia.

He has also had a significant involvement in the organisation of Legal Symposia conducted by the Franchising Council of Australia and as a speaker at those Symposia.  Since 2013 Philip has been invited to speak at the International Franchising Association and International Bar Association Legal Symposium in Chicago and Washington DC. 

As part of his ongoing commitment to the franchising sector, Philip has written many papers and articles touching on franchising and he continues to author the Australian Chapter of The Franchise Law Review. Click on the link for the latest version of the Australian Chapter The Franchise Law Review 4th Edition Australian Chapter 2017.