People

We are passionate about enabling you to achieve your commercial objectives. Our objective is to grow with you, to become your trusted advisor, sharing your business’s journey with you.

Our boutique model, with senior practitioners who have global experience in top law firms and in-house in multinational corporations, offers big firm advice at small firm prices. Our experience in business means that we understand your needs and concerns, ensuring that our advice is pragmatic and common sense.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and our understanding of the importance of work/life balance, are the hallmarks of mdp’s culture.

Legal Team

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Director

BA LL.B

+61 3 9620 9660
mmcdonald@mdplaw.com.au

Michael McDonald is an intellectual property and commercial lawyer who helps Australian entrepreneurs, established businesses and international operators position for growth, shelter from risk and structure for longevity.

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Eliza Low

Partner

BA(Hons) LLB (Hons)

+61 3 9620 0066
elow@mdplaw.com.au

Eliza Low is an accomplished corporate and commercial lawyer who helps multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses and successful family-owned companies realise their investments, navigate legal risks and avoid unnecessary costs.

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Francesca Senda

Special Counsel 

(admitted in Scotland, England and Wales only)

PgDip (Legal Practice) LLB(Hons)

 

+61 3 9620 9660
fsenda@mdplaw.com.au

Francesca Senda is a commercial & corporate lawyer with an entrepreneur’s eye for opportunity who helps clients realise their strategic objectives.

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Fern Choo

Associate

LLB 

+61 3 9620 9660
fchoo@mdplaw.com.au

Fern Choo is a corporate and commercial lawyer who advises early-stage start-up and small to medium enterprise clients on corporate structuring, commercialisation, and market expansion.

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Jian Hui Gu

Associate

LLB(Hons) LLM (IP Law)

+61 3 9620 9660
jgu@mdplaw.com.au

Jian Hui Gu is an Intellectual Property and Commercial Lawyer who has developed and managed the trade mark portfolios of some of the world’s most successful brands, including Fortune 500 companies, tech giants, and luxury fashion labels.

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Dianne McDonald

Practice Manager and mdp Board Member

+61 3 9620 5055
info@mdplaw.com.au

Dianne McDonald pioneers new technologies and initiatives that help mdp build a cohesive team with top tier legal talent and enduring client relationships. She keeps mdp’s day-to-day operations running smoothly and her eye on what’s next, which benefits the people, the work, and the business.

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Pauline Hurrey

Finance Manager

AssocDegBusCom

+61 3 9620 9660
info@mdplaw.com.au

Pauline Hurrey is a registered BAS Agent and bookkeeper specialising in the legal profession who ensures mdp complies with business tax reporting obligations.

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David Durrant

Administration and Trade Mark Assistant

AdvDipBus & Legal

+61 3 9620 9660
info@mdplaw.com.au

David is an accounts, administrative and trade marks assistant who makes a positive contribution to mdp and our clients by providing invaluable support to the legal team.

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Liz Kershaw

Executive Assistant

+61 3 9620 9660
info@mdplaw.com.au

Liz is a patent and intellectual property administrator and executive assistant who works with mdp Directors and legal team, ensuring critical deadlines are met, and clients are best served.

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Patents Team

Gavin Doherty

Gavin Doherty

Director

B.E (mech & manuf), CGTL&P

+61 3 9620 9660
gdoherty@mdppatents.com.au

Gavin is the Director of mdp Patents and a registered patent and trade mark attorney. Read more >

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Michael Smith

Special Counsel, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney

MIP, LLB, PGrad Dip Sci (Physics), BSc, Dip Mod Lang (French)

+61 3 9620 9660
msmith@mdppatents.com.au

Michael is a dual-qualified Patent Attorney and Intellectual Property Lawyer who advises on IP matters from cradle to grave —from conception and securing protection to commercial implementation and legal enforcement.

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Jeannie Dobson

Patent Assistant

+61 3 9620 9660
info@mdppatents.com.au

Jeannie provides support to Gavin Doherty, Director of mdp Patents.

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Jo Lipman

Patent Assistant

+61 3 9620 9660
info@mdppatents.com.au

Jo provides support to Patent Team.

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