Frances Wheelahan

Partner. Melbourne.

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Frances Wheelahan

Fran’s focus is on working closely with her clients to get the best deals done.

Her exceptional ability to appreciate the various needs and pressures faced by clients has been developed from over 15 years working in the industry, as well as significant in-house experience with Foster’s, Coles, ANZ and the CSIRO.

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Fran’s focus is on working closely with her clients to get the best deals done.

Her exceptional ability to appreciate the various needs and pressures faced by clients has been developed from over 15 years working in the industry, as well as significant in-house experience with Foster’s, Coles, ANZ and the CSIRO.

With incisive solutions and advice, Fran expertly steers her clients through the unique challenges of intellectual property transactions; ownership, protection and regulatory compliance issues (including franchising); and difficult negotiations.

Clients who count on Fran’s expertise include some of the world’s largest companies, particularly in energy and resources, infrastructure and engineering as well as the food and health industries, universities, hospitals and research institutes.

“Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review
Frances Wheelahan

Frances' Expertise

  • Ground breaking human tissue engineering technology Advising Neopec on the development and commercialisation of a technology for the regrowth of human tissue. There is significant promise for the technology for the regrowth of breast tissue after a mastectomy procedure. The development is part-funded by a grant of $2.95 million from the Victorian State Government’s Science Agenda Investment Fund.
  • Complex licensing arrangements in the LNG sector Advising Woodside Energy on the licensing of patented process technology and know-how used for the liquefaction of natural gas.
  • Australian first digital radio station Advising DMG Radio on the creation of a unique digital radio station, RADIO FREE, with a live stream exclusively branded by Virgin Mobile.
  • Commercialisation of a tooth remineralisation technology around the world Advising a large FMCG company on the licensing of a tooth remineralisation technology for commercial use as a functional food ingredient in countries throughout the world (including Japan and the US).
  • International licensing and distribution arrangements Advising a large UK based consumer goods company on the licensing and distribution of its products in Australia.
  • International master franchise/licensing arrangements Advising an Australian franchisor on the licensing of its franchised retail outlets around the world.
  • International suppliers of IT services Advising a number of Australian clients on transactions involving suppliers located outside Australia (including the US, UK and India) and strategies for mitigating risk.
  • BP's $20 million collaborative research program Advising BP on the terms of a $20 million collaborative research arrangement with the CSIRO and a number of other research partners in connection with BP's exploration activities in the Great Australian Bight.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2018
  • “Preeminent Commercialisation & IP Transactions Lawyer” Doyles Guide, 2016

Frances' Thinking

Frances' Leadership

  • Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ) Member of the Victorian Regional Committee (2009-2011)
  • Arts Law Centre of Australia Volunteer Lawyer
  • Next Wave Festival Inc. Board member (2003-2011)
    Deputy Chair of the Board (2006-2010)
  • Law Institute of Victoria Member
  • The Australian Red Cross Blood Service Ethics Committee Member (Legal)
  • Craft Victoria Board Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth • Japan Focus Group Member