Tamsyn Vassallo (nee Hutchinson)
Tamsyn is a commercial and intellectual property (IP) lawyer with strong, practical acumen. She works with small to medium enterprises and private clients to assist them to strategically identify and manage businesses’ opportunities and challenges and to develop and protect their ideas and innovations. Her experience encompasses a range of industries, including technology, design, retail, health and publishing.
Her practice at mdp includes providing advice in relation to establishing businesses, corporate structuring, business acquisitions and disposals, corporate governance and directors’ duties, and commercial transactions both locally and overseas. Tamsyn also assists with contractual advice and commercial documentation, and advises clients on legislative and regulatory compliance in diverse areas including privacy, competition, franchising, employment and consumer laws.
In the intellectual property field, Tamsyn has broad experience in IP identification, strategic advice on the protection and commercialisation of copyright, trade marks and designs, IP licensing and assignments, and negotiating and settling IP disputes.
Prior to joining mdp, Tamsyn worked as in-house counsel for a multinational technology company and one of Australia’s largest health organisations. In these roles, she developed keen commercial insight through the provision of extensive practical and strategic advice, including in relation to national projects and large-scale transactions. Tamsyn has also practised in the commercial and IP teams of two Melbourne law firms.
Tamsyn’s background, prior to law, is in writing and publishing. She worked in editing, desktop publishing and design for an Australian book publisher and provided copywriting and writing assistance to Australian design consultancies and publishers.
She is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) and the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).
Tamsyn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts) from the University of Melbourne. She also has a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University and was a member of the Monash Law Faculty’s High Academic Achievers’ Program.