Group Relationships Statement

Group Relationships Statement


Spruson & Ferguson is a member of the IPH Limited group. IPH Limited is the holding company for a number of intellectual property professional services firms (group businesses) and adjacent businesses, offering services and products across a range of countries and brands.

The success of Spruson & Ferguson’s business and the success of our clients require us to deliver the highest quality services, independently, and always in our clients’ best interests.

To ensure this, Spruson & Ferguson and each IPH group business adhere to the following key principles to ensure independence, appropriate disclosure of group relationships and the management of actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Always act in the best interests of our clients

Spruson & Ferguson and each of its attorneys have as their first and primary obligation, always to act in the best interests of their clients and in accordance with the law.

Independent conduct of all client matters

Spruson & Ferguson conducts all client cases independently from any other IPH group business. Spruson & Ferguson and each other group business maintain separate case management systems and no case related information is shared with another group business.

(Note: Spruson & Ferguson may in some cases engage or be engaged by other IPH group businesses as a foreign agent.)

Active compliance with all legal and ethical requirements

Spruson & Ferguson and each of its attorneys actively comply with all applicable laws, regulations and codes of conduct, including professional regulations and codes, and privacy, competition and consumer protection legislation.

Active management of conflicts of interest

Spruson & Ferguson and each responsible attorney actively consider and manage actual and potential conflicts of interest. The IPH group structures and arrangements, including as to the separation and independent conduct of client cases by each group business, ensures compliance with legal and ethical requirements, and minimises the potential occurrence of conflicts.

Disclosure of group relationships and independence in tenders and proposals

Spruson & Ferguson is open and transparent about its relationship with IPH and other group businesses, including by expressly notifying its membership of the group in competitive proposals and tenders. Spruson & Ferguson and other group businesses prepare all tender responses and proposals independently from each other. No group business shares the content of any such tenders or proposals with any other group business.

Gathering and sharing of personal information

Spruson & Ferguson and each group business collect and manage personal information in accordance with applicable privacy and personal data protection legislation, including the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth.), the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and other applicable privacy legislation in jurisdictions in which the group business has an establishment. For more information on how we manage and share such information see our Privacy Policy.

The proper management of these matters is of critical importance to Spruson & Ferguson and the IPH group so as to ensure the interests of Spruson & Ferguson clients are not affected.

If you would like further information with respect to Spruson & Ferguson’s approach to these matters please contact us.

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