James Omond provides a pragmatic, level headed approach to the law and applies his vast experience to any situation. He has been a big part of our journey at Stone & Wood Brewing Co since day one, and his professional service and support has guided us along the way.
Stone & Wood
I have worked with James in the wine industry for over a decade. While most of our work together has been around IP (domestic and international), James is the first person I pick up the phone to on most matters. He has capably and calmly assisted us with general commercial advice, as well as more complex specialist advice in relation to domestic and international distribution agreements. Quite apart from the technical work, he knows his wines and is a great bloke too!
Fowles Wine, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch
James provides thorough, commercially minded and timely legal advice. He is approachable, genuine, and extremely knowledgeable in the wine industry. James has taken the time to get to know our brands and business and is our preferred advisor on intellectual property and consumer law matters.
Legal Manager Operations
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Gaetjens Langley works with clients on the sale of their wineries, vineyards and businesses as well as the sale of shareholdings and leases. These transactions can be complex, and always benefit from a solicitor that brings knowledge of the wine industry with specific experience in winery business transactions. James brings experience and commercial acumen to the table which helps avoid the unexpected when timeliness is everything. His advice is always timely and pragmatic, with a keen eye to his clients’ needs.
Our US firm has used James as our local Australian counsel on multiple occasions, and he has been instrumental at maneuvering complicated trademark and legal issues for our clients.
Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC
Omond & Co is invaluable to a small, family-owned winery like ours where we don’t have in-house legal expertise. They advise us on trademark challenges, and fine-tune things like our distribution agreements and retention of title documents – that way we know our wines belong to us until they’ve been paid for. When we’ve struck trouble, Omond & Co has taken prompt, decisive action on our behalf.
James and his team have been quick to respond to our various queries over the past five years. They take initiative where it’s needed, alerting us to emerging problems, especially with intellectual property issues involving branding and labelling. It’s important to us to be able to rely on advice from people who know our industry intimately. It’s also important to us to know that we’re paying for expert legal advice, not for a big firm’s administrative overheads. We’re a niche, quality winery and we like dealing with a law firm that’s like us.
Foxeys Hangout Wine Company
James has been my trusted “go-to” guy for legal and commercial matters for more than a decade. He has worked with us on complex partnership agreements, managed the partial sale of our business to a global holding company and been there for many issues large and small over the years.
There’s no cookie-cutter advice, over-cooking the legals or talking down to a client. Just honest, fair and respectful advice from someone who genuinely cares about us and our business.
Founder and Managing Director, Dig + Fish
Comprehensive legal expertise, efficiency and integrity – these are all non-negotiable attributes that our agency demands and expects from legal professionals. Happily, these are qualities that James Omond has in spades. He can always be relied upon to provide considered, astute and sensible advice, and there is literally no one I would rather have my corner than Omond & Co for anything requiring legal input – no matter how big or small.
Director, ID Collective
Omond & Co has been an invaluable legal resource for our company and continues to help us navigate through the various legal issues faced by a small company in a growth phase. Most importantly, Omond & Co have a full understanding of both time pressures and the sensitivity of some of the issues they have worked on for us and always deliver accordingly.
General Manager, Tulloch Wines
We are a firm of trade mark agents in the United Kingdom and have used the services of Omond & Co. for a number of years. James is a very approachable person but one you can ultimately trust in the registration, protection and maintenance of trade marks and design rights. We strongly recommend the services of James and Omond & Co. should you be looking for a no-nonsense but friendly approach to the registration and protection of trade marks and design rights.
The Trade Marks Bureau
We use Omond & Co for advice in wine related matters across a range of areas – IP (both registration, continuance and protection), advice on labelling compliance, advice on export agreements, supplier compliance/enforcement, Terms of Trading advice, and more.
James’ significant breadth of commercial experience ensures he has always been able to help with the broad range of legal issues we have encountered over the years. Does it help that he’s happy to discuss our issues over a round of golf? It can’t be a bad thing!
Chairman, Yarra Bend Golf
James is fantastic at what he does. In fact, he sometimes provides the legal equivalent of turning water into wine, which is very handy for an organisation such as ours.
Chairman, Wine Communicators of Australia
James is appreciated for his “rare combination of expertise, practical legal skills and business acumen.” (Asia-Pacific guide, 2015) and is ‘a “well known and senior practitioner” specialising in all aspects of trade mark matters, and is noted for his broad experience of the food and drink industry’ (Global guide, 2017)
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