Damian is the founder and principal of Sonic Lawyers and Sonic Rights Management.
Through his extensive international experience and pragmatic approach, Damian has become known as one of Australia’s most trusted and connected music industry legal executives.
Prior to establishing Sonic Lawyers, Damian was most recently the Head of Legal & Business Affairs at the iconic Australian music rights management company J. Albert & Son. In this role, Damian oversaw the management and exploitation of the company’s copyrights globally (including the catalogues of AC/DC and Vanda & Young), the representation of third party catalogues regionally in Australasia, and the transaction for the sale of the company itself in 2016. Damian continues to serve the company’s former owner Alberts in the management of the AC/DC and Vanda & Young catalogues.
As principal of Sonic Rights Management, Damian manages the estate of the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.
Admitted to practise in 1994, Damian has also held various in-house legal and management roles both locally and overseas, including with Sony Music, US IT giant Oracle Corporation, and leading Australian telco Telstra. Prior to moving in-house, Damian worked as a solicitor with Banki Haddock Fiora in Sydney and, before that, Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper/Lavan) in Perth.
Damian is the former President of the Copyright Society of Australia, and has previously served on the boards of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and WAM (Western Australian Music Industry Association), the Copyright Committee of ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) and the Legal Sub-Committee of BPI (British Phonographic Industry). Damian volunteers as a panel lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Damian holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws degree (specialising in Media, Communications & Information Technology Law) from the University of New South Wales. In recognition of his achievements, he was shortlisted as “Music Lawyer of the Year” in The Industry Observer Awards 2018.
Admitted to practise in 1991, Cherith has since gained a breadth of legal and related experience across a range of industries and sectors. Her legal experience spans both litigious and non-litigious practice, gained within private practice, government organisations and the courts system.
Of particular note has been Cherith’s GLAM sector experience gained in-house at the renowned Art Gallery of New South Wales, in which Cherith managed the rights and responsibilities of the Gallery whilst also maintaining excellent relations with the all-important artists on which the Gallery relies.
Cherith has also previously served as Associate to the former President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia.
Outside of law, Cherith’s interest in creative industries and enterpreneurial nous saw her establish the womenswear label Maison d’Être in late 2018, which offers sustainable clothing all locally designed and made.
Cherith holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Western Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours) degree majoring in philosophy from the University of Sydney.
A lawyer, music producer and performing musician, as well as a past winner of the prestigious Kevin Lindgren Prize for Best Student Copyright Presentation in Australia, Raghav brings a unique 360° perspective to music and tech matters.
Prior to Sonic, Raghav was an associate with a top tier global firm, engaging in litigious and non-litigious areas such as intellectual property, technology and employment. Raghav’s experience includes advising tech and music companies on the international copyright implications of DJ remixing, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the employment ramifications of the gig economy. Raghav also has related experience as a journalist for multiple publications including a popular music and culture street publication.
Outside of law, Raghav is currently pursuing further study in audio engineering at the Australian Institute of Music and has received an accreditation to have mental health conversations in the workplace. Raghav composes, produces and performs original music, and is a boxing enthusiast.
Raghav holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New South Wales, majoring in media, culture and technology and minoring in film.