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Laura Simonds


Laura is a solicitor in the intellectual property dispute team. 



Laura is an intellectual property and commercial dispute resolution lawyer with experience across all forms of intellectual property including copyright, designs, patents, confidential commercial information and trade mark enforcement and protection.

Laura has experience acting in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, as well as disputes relating to consumer law and contractual issues. Her experience includes multi-jurisdictional patent and trade mark disputes and she has represented clients in Australian and New Zealand courts. Laura has also acted with Associates in China in respect of trade mark hearings before the Beijing Trade Mark Office and China’s Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB).

Laura has experience across a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology, life sciences and healthcare, consumer goods, fashion and retail.

In addition to her legal qualifications, Laura brings her strong scientific background and passion for innovation to her work and she is able to understand a diverse range of technologies and communicate effectively with scientists, managers and IP counsel in technical industries. 

Market Recognition

Laura was named as a Finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2019 30 Under 30 awards.  


Laura holds a Bachelor of Science (majors in pharmacology and physiology) and a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and is qualified as a legal practitioner in the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. 

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Laura worked at a large international law firm and was involved in intellectual property and consumer market matters.