Anthony Franklin SC



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Anthony Franklin was called to the bar in South Africa in 1982, where he practiced until 1998, talking silk in 1996. Since 1998 he has been a member of the New South Wales Bar, taking silk in 2003. He is also a member of the London Bar (2002, Lincoln’s Inn).

Anthony Franklin is an intellectual property barrister with extensive international experience.

Career Highlights

In South Africa, Anthony has appeared in a large number of leading copyright, trade mark and patent cases. He came to Australia in 1998 as one of South Africa’s leading intellectual property senior counsel.

In Australia, Anthony has established a substantial intellectual property practice, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation, but including copyright, trade marks and designs. He was granted silk by the New South Wales Bar Association in 2003.

In 2004 to 2005 he practiced in London as a member of Hogarth Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, one of the United Kingdom’s leading intellectual property sets of barristers. He returned to Sydney at the end of 2005, although he continues to take briefs in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Throughout Anthony’s practice his main specialism has been patent litigation. He has appeared in a large number of reported patent cases in diverse fields including pharmaceutical (biotechnology and organic chemistry), engineering (mechanical, mining, chemistry and electrical), gaming technology and consumer goods.

Anthony also takes briefs in other fields and he has appeared in a variety of general commercial cases often involving contractual disputes in areas of complicated technology. He also advises on aspects of the law in relation to Information Technology.

Anthony has experience in professional negligence claims including a Federal Court claim by a major construction company against of the biggest accounting firms and by a client against its former patent litigation solicitors.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial law
  • Intellectual property
  • Information technology
  • Professional negligence
  • Trade practices


Anthony Franklin attended the University of Witwatersrand where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (BA LLB). He holds the Claude Franks Memorial Prize (top student, Jurisprudence and Conflict of Laws).

Professional Memberships

  • The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Copyright Society
  • The Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council
  • Door Tenant of Hogarth Chambers, 5 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn