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Ashurst’s ‘broad knowledge of the IT and telecoms industry frames the pragmatic and practical advice’. The team continued to service key client National Broadband Network (NBN), with Tim Brookes and Amanda Ludlow advising on various telecoms infrastructure access agreements with Telstra. Sophie Dawson was active in privacy and technology mandates for clients such as the Commonwealth government.

Gilbert + Tobin provides ‘standout quality care’ for clients such as Telstra, Google and Qantas. Key players include practice head Sheila McGregor, telecoms regulatory specialist Peter Waters and Peter Leonard, who focuses on data sharing and privacy. Michael Caplan has ‘a strong knowledge of technology law’.

Perth-based Tony Joyner now leads at Herbert Smith Freehills following Keith Robinson’s departure to a consulting role. In Sydney, information and communication technology procurement specialist Lesley Sutton and Damien Bailey were particularly active, with Bailey singled out for his ‘masterful technical knowledge of telecoms infrastructure and understanding of Australian telecoms regulation’.

At King & Wood Mallesons, practice head Cheng Lim, Neil Carabine and Renae Lattey ‘leverage their deep industry knowledge’ when advising on matters such as outsourcing transactions and hybrid fibre coax delivery agreements. The team continued to handle a volume of work for Telstra, with Lattey in particular praised for her ‘regulatory expertise’.

Gavin Smith’s team at Allens was active in a number of public sector IT mandates, including advising the Commonwealth Department of Human Services on a new welfare payments system. The ‘first-class’ Ian McGill has particular strength in telecoms work and advised the NSW Treasury on the sale of TransGrid’s telecoms business.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘experienced’ team includes the ‘approachable’ Anne-Marie Allgrove, who has particular expertise in data privacy work, telecoms specialist Patrick Fair and James Halliday, who is advising Nextgen Networks on the deployment of the North Western cable system. Practice head Anthony Foley is well known in the technology space.

Telecoms regulations specialist Bruce Lloyd is the key contact at Clayton Utz and advised NBN on its infrastructure agreements with Telstra and Service Stream. On the technology side, Ken Saurajen ‘provides pragmatic and workable solutions’ to clients such as the Australian Taxation Office.

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Philip Catania was busy on a range of technology-related mandates, including advising Deakin University on the implementation of its new student management system. On the telecoms side, practice head James North, Andrew Messenger and regulatory specialist Thomas Jones are the main contacts. Since publication, Thomas Jones has joined Bird & Bird.

Minter Ellison’s team handles a good balance of IT and telecoms work for clients such as Optus and the Victorian government. Anthony Lloyd and Anthony Borgese are key contacts in Sydney, while technology specialist Paul Kallenbach is the name to note in Melbourne.

Tim Lyons is the primary contact at DLA Piper, where key contacts in the technology space include government procurement specialist Caroline Atkins, and Peter Jones, who focuses on private sector customer and supplier work. The team advised the Department of Human Services on its A$484m computing, software and services agreement with IBM.

Henry Davis York is known for its strong public sector technology practice; the team assisted the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation with the government’s mandatory IT contractual framework. Key players include practice head Matthew McMillan, who has ‘the ability to dissect complex matters’, and ‘standout’ ICT procurement specialist Debra Tippett.

At Maddocks, practice head Brendan Coady was busy on a range of technology and telecoms matters, including assisting Macquarie Telecom with the negotiation of a new mobile virtual network operator wholesale agreement with Telstra. Other key contacts include the ‘trustworthyJeff Goodall, and Robert Gregory, who heads the practice with Coady.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team has its ‘finger on the pulse in the technology space’. In one key piece of work, practice head Nick Abrahams advised the NSW government on the procurement of enterprise resource planning software. On the telecoms side, Martyn Taylor was busy on a range of M&A and regulatory mandates.

Webb Henderson is particularly known for its telecoms work on behalf of clients such as NBN, Spark, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Name partner Angus Henderson, Andrew Christopher and Ara Margossian are all well regarded.

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