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 currently serves on the boards of AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited) and CSA (Copyright Society of Australia, of which he is also a past President).  He 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.

Contact Damian:
Email: drinaldi@soniclawyers.com
Mobile: +61 418 213 525



Sharmila works as a Senior Associate at Sonic Lawyers.

Sharmila has more than 20 years of experience as a specialist in intellectual property (IP) law gained from diverse roles in private practice, academia and in-house. Sharmila is an experienced commercial IP lawyer who has worked in recent years as in-house legal counsel in public sector organisations, including the Garvan Institute and her current part-time role at UNSW Sydney. Her private practice experience includes as a solicitor across all IP areas in specialist IP firms Banki Haddock Fiora and Spruson & Ferguson, as well as advising creators across all arts sectors and cultural organisations at the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Sharmila has also lectured in IP law at the University of Sydney and UTS and worked as a senior writer for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law Australia Commercial product. Sharmila has previously worked in the technology transfer sector and has expertise in legal and operational aspects of IP commercialisation and research translation including in legal operations, contracts and IP management.

Sharmila is a member of the Society of University Lawyers (SOUL).

Sharmila holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) degrees from the Australian National University, a Master of Laws degree (Intellectual Property) from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) degree from the University of Technology Sydney.

Contact Sharmila
Email: sshearing@soniclawyers.com
Mobile: +61 416 344 017


Cherith Devenish - Sonic Lawyers

Cherith is an associate with Sonic Lawyers.

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.

Contact Cherith:
Email: cdevenish@soniclawyers.com
Mobile: +61 414 416 648



Troy Barrott is the consulting lead for Sonic Rights Management and is a paralegal with Sonic Lawyers.

Troy is an experienced music industry professional, having held senior positions at major record label BMG, managed ARIA and APRA Award-winning artists, launched successful music start-ups and led APAC for leading multinational music/tech businesses.

Prior to joining Sonic Lawyers, Troy led the APAC region for UK production music company Audio Network, which included opening their first China office; and was instrumental in establishing a market-leading presence for French music distribution company Believe Digital. The Hub Music Group was founded by Troy in 2001 and was instrumental in establishing international careers for Australian artists and producers such as Megan Washington, Old Man River, John Castle and Gold Fields in collaboration with companies such as Sony Music, Republic Records, Kobalt, Universal and Alberts.

Troy has lectured at the Australian Institute of Music, JMC and Berklee College of Music, as well as establishing the Unisounds brand which delivered live performances and music programs to over 80 tertiary education institutions across Australia. Troy has acted as a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and sat on the Advisory Board of the inaugural APRA Songhubs programme and the Board of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association.

Troy has a passion for deal-making and bringing people together to make opportunities happen. Troy’s recent legal studies have focussed on important new technology issues facing the music industry, including legal innovation in blockchain technology, NFTs and smart contracts. Troy’s commercial expertise and broad experience offer a unique perspective on contemporary legal issues.

Troy holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing from Charles Sturt University, and is due to complete his Juris Doctor through the Australian National University in 2022.

Contact Troy
Email: tbarrott@soniclawyers.com
Mobile: +61 424 387 757


SoundWise chats with our Founder and Principal Damian Rinaldi about navigating the complexities of copyright and the music business.


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