Darren completed his law degree with honours at Monash University in 2003 and has also completed post graduate courses in copyright law, trade marks, intellectual property, and industrial designs. Darren also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Latrobe University.
Darren’s legal career was forged at Marshalls & Dent Lawyers where he worked in areas including: residential and commercial conveyancing, business sales and acquisitions, commercial leases, corporate restructuring, and civil litigation. He was made a senior associate after three years.
As a one-time musician, Darren used his networks in Melbourne’s music scene, to commence and expand his music and entertainment client base while continuing to work in areas of commercial and property law.
Since opening the firm in 2009 (originally Darren Sanicki Lawyers), Darren has consolidated a substantial entertainment industry client base representing some of Australia’s best known bands, artists and creative businesses.
Darren has been selected by the Artists from The Voice for all 5 Seasons as their legal representative having previously represented contestants from X-Factor and Australian Idol. He has represented clients in high profile litigious matters including the current Federal Court Case concerning a legend of the Australian music scene and the fixing of a statutory licence for use of an iconic song for the services of the Commonwealth. Darren also successfully represented Michael Barker (Split Enz) in a defamation action against News Ltd and Today Tonight.
Darren also has a substantial commercial client base comprising creative and corporate businesses including Moshtix, Windor Smith, Medical One, Strikeforce AMC, Wesley College and the Meatball & Wine Bar.
Darren also volunteers his services as a pro-bono solicitor for the Arts Law Centre of Australia and is a 3 time recipient of the Arts Law Pro Bono award.
Darren is a board member of The Push, a not-for profit Government funded Victorian youth music organisation, and has held the role of Chairman since 2007. In 2010, Darren was a founding board member of Music Victoria, Victoria’s peak contemporary music industry body, leading the fight to preserve the Victoria’s live music scene and the general rights and well being of musicians. Darren has also taught in the Music Business and Music Law degrees at Victoria University.
Notwithstanding any of this, Darren is still best known for having a song he co-penned, “More Than A Game” used as the theme song for Channel 9’s The Footy Show for the past 23 years!
Ariel completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business at the Australian National University in 2014.
Ariel joined Sanicki Lawyers as a part-time paralegal in July 2017. She commenced full time practice as a solicitor in October 2017.
Prior to commencing at Sanicki Lawyers, Ariel gained invaluable experience in a number of corporate roles including; investment advisory, stock control, strategy advisement and management, working within large teams. Much of this experience was gained in the fashion industry working at Christian Dior Parfums, Gucci as well as her family business, wholesaling extreme adventure gears and clothing. These experiences have helped Ariel develop her strong sense of entrepreneurship and has grown her enthusiasm for working with people.
Ariel practices primarily in commercial and property law, representing individuals, small businesses and commercial entities. She is experienced in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing acting for both purchasers and vendors. She has worked closely helping first home buyers secure their first property as well as downsizers and investors alike.
Ariel also has experience in dispute resolution and has recently taken care and conduct of a matter before the County Court.
Ariel is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Being a chatter box, in her spare time (not that she has much of it), Ariel enjoys brunching and a glass of bubbly at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. She religiously believes in beautiful shoes, pearls and love!
Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Laws at La Trobe University in 2017. She is currently completing her Masters in Intellectual Property and Communications Law at Monash University.
Commencing at Sanicki Lawyers as an intern in 2017, Ruth soon accepted a position as a paralegal.
Ruth scored in the top 2% in Victoria whilst studying Design and Technology in her secondary schooling. Her continued interest in the field lead to her participation in the University of Windsor, Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Program in 2016 and the opportunity to intern at an IP firm in London, UK in 2017.
Since commencing at the firm, Ruth has gained experience in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, employment agreements, and the drafting and filing of Court documents.
Ruth’s pride and joy is her collection of vinyl records and enjoys playing netball and lacrosse in her spare time.