Principal Legal Consultant
Ken Pogson is an experienced senior lawyer and legal manager. Ken was born and educated in Sydney and moved to Canberra via Hong Kong in 1985. He has over 30 years experience in the law including over 20 years service as a Commonwealth Solicitor.
Ken was the inaugural Asian Regional Director for the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. He opened the Asian Regional Office in Hong Kong for this important international organisation which represents the intellectual property rights of authors and composers. He established initial operating policies and important contacts with government and private interests for the Confederation throughout Asia.
Moving to the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department in 1985 Ken initially served as the Secretary of the Copyright Law Review Committee. Ken then proceeded to work as a Solicitor with the Litigation Division of the Department gaining valuable experience advising on wide range of matters concerning claims by and against the Commonwealth. He acted in many litigation matters for the Department and conducted matters by alternative dispute resolution methods including by mediation, arbitration and expert determination.
As a Senior Executive Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) Ken proceeded to develop his legal skills in commercial law advising on and negotiating high level technology contracts, particularly for the Departments of Defence, Industry Science and Technology and the CSIRO. He specialised in international agreements, intellectual property matters, space law and navigation law. Ken served as the Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the International Hydrographic Organisation at the direction of the Hydrographer, Royal Australian Navy and attended numerous international conferences in this capacity.
Ken developed skills as a manager with particular emphasis on fostering client relations and recruiting and training junior lawyers. He served for six years as a Senior Executive Lawyer with the Department of Human Services including as the Chief General Counsel of the Child Support Agency. These positions involved managing large teams of lawyers and para legals. Ken has lead Australian delegations to the Hague Conference on International Law for the negotiation of a new international child support treaty.
As well as qualifications in law Ken holds a Master of Business Administration and a degree in Asian history. He has maintained an interest in Asian societies and travels extensively in the region.