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Michael Paterson - Principal


As well as being a solicitor, Michael Paterson is also a software developer and is actively involved in both the legal and computer industries. He has dual qualification in both disciplines: B.Sc. (Computer Science) LL.B. (Hons.) A.N.U. (1982-1986).

With his knowledge and practical experience in the computer industry, Michael Paterson has developed a niche practice area in computer, technology and intellectual property law. In addition, he regularly presents seminars on computer-related legal issues to various industry and professional bodies and gives guest lectures at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.


Developer of software for lawyers and settlement agents under licence from the Department of Land Administrator for 21st Century Legal Services;
A member of the Law Society since 1987; and
Associate Member of the Australian Computer Society since 1987.

Work History:

Oct 1998 to date sole principal of Michael Paterson & Associates
Jan 1996 to Oct 1998 sole principal of Picton-Warlow & Co
Nov 1992 to Dec 1995 partner of Picton-Warlow & Co
Apr 1992 to Oct 1992 consultant, Picton-Warlow & Co
Mar 1989 to Mar 1992 solicitor, Parker & Parker (now Freehills)
Mar 1987 to Mar 1989 articled clerk and restricted practitioner, Jackson McDonald

Sanity Preservers:

Family, board games (esp. war games), reading, rugby, golf (irregularly/badly!), and body surfing.

E-mail: michael @ patersons.com.au
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