Shannon Platt > Sparke Helmore Lawyers > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Level 29, 25 Martin Place
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Work Department

Corporate & Commercial


Partner, specialising in Intellectual Property & Technology and Sports & Entertainment Law


Shannon leads the Corporate & Commercial Group and is the National Service Line Leader of the Intellectual Property & Technology Team. She has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in patent, trade mark, copyright and design disputes in the Federal Court and litigation arising from misleading and deceptive conduct and protecting trade secrets. Shannon’s clients are drawn from a diverse range of industries, including engineering, chemicals, FMCG, creative arts, information technology, hospitality and leisure.

Shannon is a registered Trade Marks Attorney and Notary Public, managing an international trade marks portfolio. She helps her clients with patent litigation, copyright litigation, trade mark prosecution and litigation, protecting trade secrets and breach of confidence, technology licensing, trade promotions, advertising clearance and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

Shannon also advises on brand protection, trade mark registrability and enforcement and acts in opposition and non-use proceedings before the Trade Marks Office.

Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2012, Shannon was DLA Piper’s National Head of Intellectual Property Litigation and led its intellectual property team in Sydney. She is also admitted in England and Wales and practised in London for seven years.




Shannon is a member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and its Enforcement Committee 2015, its Roundtables Committee 2015 and its Trade Mark Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2016 (one of four Australian IP partners appointed). She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA).


Shannon has two Master of Laws—one from the University of Technology, Sydney, and one from the University of London. She also has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a diploma of Trade Mark Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Intellectual property

Sparke Helmore Lawyers advises on IP matters involving trade marks, copyright, patents, designs and trade secrets, with particular focuses on brand protection, breach of confidence, commercialisation, enforcement and domain name disputes for both domestic and international clients, including government agencies and local authorities. The practice also undertakes contentious mandates. Shannon Platt is group head for IP and the corporate and commercial practice. The practice group has also undergone some changes, with Dalvin Chien‘s March 2021 arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright following on from  Richard Chew‘s December 2020 move to K&L Gates.

Australia > IT and telecoms

(Firms to watch)

Sydney-based Dalvin Chien and Shannon Platt  head up the technology team at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, which has expertise in data and cyber security matters and transactions.