Cullens 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 Cullens’ 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, Cullens 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
Cullens 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
Cullens conducts all client cases independently from any other IPH group business. Cullens and each other group business maintain separate case management systems and no case related information is shared with another group business. (Note: Cullens 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
Cullens 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
Cullens 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
Cullens 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. Cullens 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
The proper management of these matters is of critical importance to Cullens and the IPH group so as to ensure the interests of Cullens’ clients are not affected.
If you would like further information with respect to Cullens’ approach to these matters please contact us.