Ali Bird Legal is a boutique law practice specialising in media and entertainment.


Ali Bird Legal is a boutique law practice specialising in media and entertainment.

We provide expert legal and business advice, passionately advocating for your interests. This means smart, practical solutions that are scaled to your goals, whether you’re a start-up, sole creative, established company—or somewhere in between.

Principal Ali Bird is a specialist lawyer and advisor with a broad commercial perspective. In her 15 years working in the media and entertainment sector, she’s built a reputation for technical excellence, outstanding communication and empathy.

Ali’s superpower is helping creatives maximise the value of their intellectual property.


Ali Bird is a commercial lawyer specialising in media and entertainment law. Her expertise includes commercial contracts, dispute resolution, consumer law, procurement and corporate governance, with a particular interest in helping creatives maximise the value of their intellectual property.

Ali’s extensive industry experience includes seven years as Film Victoria’s in-house legal counsel, two years with ITV London as in-house legal counsel and an ongoing relationship as special counsel with Studio Legal. She has overseen complex production and financing arrangements, licensing agreements and investment deals.

Throughout, Ali has maintained strong ties to the creative community. She served as a board member for City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy Advisory Committee for four years and Board Secretary of Melbourne’s Schoolhouse Studios for three years. Ali is also the co-founder of Real Life, a collective that encourages real-life connections to mentor, support and learn.



Ali Bird Legal has an established network in and knowledge of the Australian film and television industry. We understand the quirks, challenges and opportunities that are unique to this field.

We can act as your outsourced legal and business affairs team at all stages of the filmmaking process, including negotiating contracts for development, production and distribution; corporate structuring, including the use of special purpose vehicles (SPVs); obtaining underlying rights and clearances for talent and other copyright material; cast and crew contracts and working with completion guarantors.


Ali Bird Legal is proud to be associated with a number of clients who are pushing the boundaries in the creative application of new technology in their chosen fields.

We provide tailored advice for technology start-ups and new businesses, entrepreneurs, bootstrapped and organic growth based businesses and venture capital backed businesses.


We understand the challenges and hard work involved in establishing and growing your creative-based small business. Accordingly, we strive to keep our commercially minded legal advice simple and streamlined to manage costs—so you can stay focused on making great work.

We work with writers, artists, designers, photographers, musicians, actors and performers.


We collaborate closely with our clients to identify risks and maximise opportunities that will facilitate their business success now, and into the future.

Whether you are working on a brand new start-up or running a mature business we can advise on contracting and deal-making; employment; partnership agreements; purchase and sale of businesses and assets; structuring, including companies, partnerships, trusts, joint ventures and not-for-profits; risk management and insurance and dispute resolution.

ABN 95 642 857 983
ACN 642 857 583
Member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Association of Corporate Counsel and Screen Producers Australia.

PO BOX 1347 Barwon Heads 3227

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