Caroline Cohen is a special counsel in the corporate and commercial team. She has significant experience in providing commercial advice to organisations within the education sector.

Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Caroline worked as in-house counsel, providing legal services and advice in the Office of General Counsel at Monash University on a wide range of matters arising out of activities across teaching and learning, research, and national and international collaboration initiatives.

Some of her responsibilities in her role in the Office of General Counsel included:
  • drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements relating to funding for research, contracted research, research collaborations and protection of intellectual property
  • supporting the effective operation of the University’s teaching and learning activities by drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements (examples include student placement and student exchange agreements, material transfer agreements, and software licence agreements), and advising on processes and individual cases of student conduct and performance
  • supporting the effective operation of the University’s strategic commercial activities by drafting, negotiating and reviewing a wide range of commercial agreements (examples include confidentiality agreements, deeds of indemnity, commercialisation agreements, reviewing terms of competitions created by the marketing department, technology agreements, performing arts agreements and services agreements)
  • advising on compliance with external legislative requirements (such as copyright, privacy, freedom of information and equal opportunity)
  • responding to investigations of the actions of the University and/or staff members named as respondents in complaints, which involved providing expert advice on issues of administrative law, such as lawful decision-making, delegations of powers, FOI and privacy complaints, and the administration of the University’s student exclusion, discipline and grievance processes
Caroline also has experience acting for large national and international corporations in a wide variety of tax and structuring matters, as well as business acquisitions and sales transactions for both vendors and purchasers.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in addition to her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1998 and the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2002.