Raena Lea-Shannon has been my lawyer since Turning Studios first went into business many years ago. She has handled all of my legal concerns, from contracts with the all of the major film studios both in Australia and overseas, international film and album releases, lease agreements, copyright clearances, staff contracts, agent contracts - basically anything to do with the business of being a composer/producer, Raena's guiding hand has been there making sure we didn't trip up and could get back to the core concern of creating music. She is wise, she is good, she is a friend, and has to be one of the most intimidating legal minds you'll ever meet. She has been a constant presence throughout my career and it's impossible to state how central she's been to our success. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Dealing with the legals in Film-making is new to me. Raena has guided me through the minefield with ease. Always affordable and available to offer advice and get the best for me, I have been nothing but happy with the standard of services provided. An encyclopaedia of entertainment legal knowledge, my colleagues keep threatening to steal her away!!
Raena has been a trusted legal advisor for over a decade. She is a dedicated practitioner with deep understanding of IP rights around media and technology. Her advice has saved our productions time and money. I would recommend her highly.
I have used the legal services of Raena Lea-Shannon as a filmmaker and as a business owner. Her legal knowledge is vast and she delivers it rapidly. I can highly recommend Raena for her professional knowledge, ethics, and (as a bonus) her insightful sense of humour. She is always a pleasure to do business with.
Dr Michael Neary
Because of the work of Raena, Wake In Fright, the classic Australian movie is available today to a worldwide audience. Raena undertook extensive research and rescued its copyright. All this Raena undertook pro bono demonstrating Raena’s strong personal commitment to the Australian industry. Raena is invaluable as an advisor blending legal and commercial astuteness. As President of the Wake In Fright Inc Trust Committee I can personally vouch for Raena's professionalism and for her wealth of knowledge and experience in the film industry of which the Wake In Fright Trust has continued to enjoy the great benefit.
Raena Lea-Shannon has been a lifesaver on multiple occasions for both myself and also the many startups I know she has supported. She's always responsive, considered and careful, but also understands the needs of startups and the efficiencies they're looking for. I recommend working with her at any opportunity, you won't regret it.
Raena is an exceptional lawyer. We have worked with her for ten years, and her professionalism, precision, and ability to simply but comprehensively assess a single contract or a complex deal are what have sustained and nurtured this continuing working relationship. Raena also offers clear timeframes and cost estimates, necessary and appreciated by any producer.
Raena's clear & compelling advice and drafting has been invaluable particularly on co-composer contracts and composing commission agreements. She has a profound knowledge of the music industry and all aspects of copyright from which I have benefited professionally for over 12 years. I have invited her to speak a number of times to the Composers Seminar at the Australian Institute of Music where I lecture and the students have always really enjoyed her talks.
We have always found Raena to be extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and diligent in all our legal business dealings whilst dealing with our piles of contracts! I couldn’t recommend Raena highly enough.
Raena has been invaluable to my technology company. Her sound knowledge of the law and wealth of experience relating to technology, innovation and online businesses is exactly what you need if you're a business wanting to operate in this day and age. Always prompt and professional in her responses; her work is extensive and thorough; and she has a great ability of being able to explain the law in easily understandable language.
Raena was awesome - very open and understands how to be cost effective for startups. Highly recommend!
Raena Lea-Shannon has been my preferred solicitor since the 90's. Raena has a formidable command of the law, particularly as it pertains to her areas of substantive, personal interest and passion, namely technology, innovation and the arts. I know Raena to be a person who is constantly hungry for pop tech stuff, she understands it from the inside, as a geek herself. And, Raena is a giant when it comes to film, literature and the arts. With Raena on your team you can focus on what you're good at, because Raena will ensure all your legal and ownership interests and rights and opportunities are secured and protected.
Raena has represented and advised me for twenty odd years and I have found her to be the one of, if not the most, knowledgeable and reliable Entertainment lawyers in the business.