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Paul McLachlan

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McCullough Robertson

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Paul advises clients on commercial, technology, competition, regulatory and consumer protection issues, as well being an expert plain English drafter of commercial contracts and customer terms.  His work encompasses the entire range of a product lifecycle from concept to manufacture to promotion to sale to repair and recall.  Clients value his commercial hands-on approach, clear communication style, quick turnaround and genuine interest in them and their businesses. 

He has significant experience working with regulators such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and State fair trading bodies, and has taken reviews of regulatory decisions to the Australian Competition Tribunal.  He was previously in-house counsel at Telstra before joining McCullough Robertson.

Paul is known for focusing on clarity and simplicity in expressing advice and drafting contracts.  He writes in a way that is clear without oversimplifying.  Rather than rehashing problems or throwing up road blocks, Paul presents solutions and gives advice in its commercial context.  

He has advised clients in the telecommunications, electricity and other regulated industries on regulatory, access and contractual matters.  Paul has advised extensively on competition issues, including merger clearances and authorisations.  He assists clients with all legal aspects of sales and marketing, including consumer protection obligations and product safety.

Paul’s experience also includes dealings with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Communications Alliance and Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, as well as lobbying on behalf of telecommunications carriers with ACMA and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.


New South Wales Law Society
NSW Society for Computers and the Law
Communications and Media Law Association
Law Council of Australia, Competition and Consumer Law Committee (Business Law Section)


Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts – University of Queensland


IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

McCullough Robertson has attracted a diverse range of interesting matters; it continues to assist Telstra’s wireless team with its connected car initiatives, and Police Bank, a mutual financial institution servicing the police community, instructed the team to review its compliance with privacy laws. The team also advises IT and cybersecurity consultancy Alcorn Group, which carries out tests to identify IT security weaknesses, on testing engagements with blue-chip corporate and government entities. Former Henry Davis York TMT practice head Matthew McMillan bolstered the nine-partner team, which is led by Alex Hutchens. Paul McLachlan advises on technology, social media and competition and consumer issues.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Belinda Breakspear's team at McCullough Robertson advises clients on brand protection and management matters. The team has continued to grow its contentious capacities; Breakspear acts on behalf of the Australian Agricultural Company for its international trade mark portfolio management. Terry White Chemmart instructs the team to handle international enforcement mandates. Litigator Peter Stokes in Brisbane and Alex Hutchens and Paul McLachlan, both in Sydney, are singled out. The team has been bolstered by the addition of Matthew McMillan.

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