Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:52

Honorary Solicitors for Wine Victoria

Corrs, Chambers and Westgarth (Corrs) has been named honorary solicitors for Wine Victoria. Chosen for its proven record in wine law, Corrs delivers expert legal advice specifically for the wine industry.

Corrs recognises that the complexity and diversity of the sector gives rise to an equally wide range of legal issues. Its experience in wine law is derived from years of working for a wide range of wine sector clients both in Australia, and globally.

From small boutique wineries to some of the world's largest wine producers, the firm has a high level of practical knowledge of the law as it applies to the sector. Its relationships within the industry, combined with the legal expertise of its lawyers ensure that their advice is commercially orientated and based on a real comprehension of the current sector conditions and regulatory environment.

Corrs provides a wide range of services including, but not limited to trade mark registration and protection (both in Australia and internationally) drafting and advising on distribution agreements, supply agreements and various vineyard-related agreements, labelling advice and geographical indications advice and litigation.

Advising the Wine Victoria Board will be Mr Stephen Stern, Partner.

Stephen Stern, Partner Corrs

Stephen is a leading intellectual property and competition lawyer. Many of his clients are growers, winemakers, producers, vigneron associations and governmental instrumentalities.

Among his wide and varied experience in the wine sector, Stephen has worked extensively in the geographical indications area working on the Coonawarra boundary dispute, as well as other local and international geographical indications. He is also an occasional lecturer at the International Office of the Wine and Vine, the University of Bordeaux IV and Reims University.

Stephen says that he believes the most pressing legal issue now facing the Australian wine sector are the moves to restrict the promotion and advertising of alcoholic products, as well as to introduce mandatory health warning labelling.

Outside of the law, Stephen's says that (quite unsurprisingly) one of his main hobbies has become wines, both tasting and reading about them. For 15 years Stephen and his wife owned a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula which he says gave him a very realistic insight into the travails of the wine sector!