Staff

Robyn Ayres, Chief Executive Officer

Robyn has been a lawyer for over 20 years and the CEO of Arts Law since 2002. She is committed to ensuring that artists and arts organisations properly understand their rights as well as their legal responsibilities and are fairly rewarded for the work they do. Prior to joining Arts Law, Robyn spent a significant part of her legal career working to achieve social justice for different groups in the community, including as a lawyer with Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1988-1991), a Public Interest lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service WA (1993-1998); and as Executive Director of the Mental Health Law Centre WA from 1998 to 2002. Robyn has Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of NSW.

In 2004, under the direction of Robyn Ayres, Arts Law established the Artists in the Black service, a legal advice service specifically for Indigenous artists.

Bibi Barba, Artists in the Black Coordinator

Bibi Barba was born in Roma, a town in the Maranoa district of South West Queensland, and raised in Liverpool, Sydney. The daughter of Aboriginal Featherweight boxing champion Buddy Claire, Bibi’s practice is inspired by her Grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land. Bibi’s paintings are instantly recognisable, merging a strong sense of design and colour with vivid stories of her culture. Having invented an original method for painting on silk canvas, her works have a vitality and rich lustre that compliments her use of repetitive patterns and motifs. Bibi’s work is held in a number of private collections in Australia and internationally, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. She works closely with children and people with disabilities, conducting numerous mural design and art workshops. In 2015 she had the pleasure of conducting a private art workshop for the children of celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Mary Egan, General Manager

Mary Egan was appointed to the role of Administration and Finance Manager in 2012. Mary has been a member of the Arts Law team since 2003 in the role of Finance Manager. Prior to taking on the full time role Mary worked as an MYOB Certified Consultant and Accredited trainer, providing MYOB and bookkeeping services and training to businesses as well as classroom training for MYOBs one day courses.

Suzanne Derry, Director, National Partnerships and Programs | Senior solicitor

Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, where she has worked for over 7 years. Suzanne has worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice.  Suzanne provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures.  Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas.

Adam Flynn, Senior Solicitor

Adam Flynn joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia as a full time Senior Solicitor in 2017 with 10 years of experience delivering legal services across the private, community and public sectors for clients including creators, performers, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions and market leading brands. Adam holds degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Technology Sydney and has studied at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Adam has authored encyclopaedic work, journal articles and law reform submissions and presented on intellectual property law and related subjects. Adam’s service to the community includes working on the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia since 2006 and as company secretary of a charity addressing social disadvantage in Indigenous communities since 2015. Adam’s own art has been exhibited at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

Trudie Sarks, Senior Solicitor

Trudie Sarks is a Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre with a BA/LLB from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law from University College London. Prior to working at the Arts Law Centre Trudie was a Senior Associate Solicitor in private practice. She has experience in advising clients in respect of a range of intellectual property issues including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, domain names as well as passing off and Australian Consumer Law issues. Trudie has also worked at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich and undertaken internships at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Trudie is passionate about the arts and assisting artists in protecting their intellectual property.

Rebecca Simpson, Solicitor

Rebecca Simpson (née Dimaridis) is a Solicitor at Arts Law. She is dual qualified in Australia and England and Wales, with specialist commercial intellectual property experience in several global organisations, both in law firms and as in-house counsel. Rebecca has extensive experience in advising in relation to a wide range of legal issues including to artists and those in the creative industry, as well as experience in presenting seminars on arts law issues including copyright and intellectual property. Rebecca is passionate about protecting and promoting Australian culture and artists so they have the recognition and rewards that they deserve.

Roxanne Lorenz, Solicitor

Roxanne is on secondment from the Australian Government Solicitor’s office.

Roxanne Lorenz joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and has over nine years’ experience working in the arts and entertainment sector. Previous to Arts Law, she has worked for organisations including Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival and the Australia Council for the Arts; the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Roxanne has an interest in arts policy, copyright and intellectual property law matters.

Georgie Leahy, Paralegal

Georgie holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is currently completing her Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. In her studies, she takes a particular interest in copyright and privacy law reform and she has previously interned with Australian Law Reform Commission. Georgie is also an English major with a love of literature and experience in the legal publishing industry. When not studying law or working at Arts Law, Georgie enjoys studying the Danish language.

Sophie Byrne, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Sophie joins Arts Law from Adelaide where she previously held marketing and administration roles at Brink Productions, Vitalstatistix, Radio Adelaide and the Adelaide Festival. Sophie managed the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2014 and 2015. Since graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws, she swiftly turned to the arts world and is looking forward to bringing her two passions together in this role at Arts Law.

Michael Bridges, Administration Officer

Michael joined the Arts Law team in May 2016. He has previously worked in numerous arts administration roles including most recently at APRA AMCOS where he was the Licensing Representative for independent and unsigned artists.
When not at Arts Law, Michael plays the violin and has a particular interest in folk, country and contemporary amplified styles.

Rose Ayres, Administration Officer

Rose Ayres joined Arts Law as an Administration-Assistant in 2010. In 2012, she moved to Tokyo for a year to study Asian politics and international relations. After returning to Australia and completing her degree in International Studies, Rose became Arts Law’s Administration Officer.

Lee Elsdon, Artists in the Black Paralegal

Lee holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from Southern Cross University, and is in the final stages of a Bachelor of Laws. He has a background in music and media, having worked as a music teacher at TAFENSW and a sound engineer in broadcast television for many years. He has a particular interest in human rights as well as entertainment and media law.