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Brendan Coady

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Sydney Partner-in-Charge and Sector Leader - Technology


Brendan has more than 20 years' experience as a commercial lawyer with a particular focus on technology, telecommunications and intellectual property.

Brendan has advised telecom companies, technology developers, communications infrastructure companies and government agencies on a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Maddocks, Brendan was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin for eight years.

Brendan was named as the winner of the Telecommunications Award for Australia at the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for 2015, 2013 and 2012. He is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the areas of TMT and IP by legal directories, including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. Chambers Global 2012 describes him as a 'key player' in the IP market. Clients say:

Brendan is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as a notable practitioner for Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT): IT and Telecommunications. A client commented “The breadth and depth of his experience in our sector allows him to think across issues quickly.”


BA, University of Sydney

LLB (Hons), University of Sydney, 1991

Masters of Law (specialising in Media, Communications and Information Technology Law), University of NSW, 1998


Competition and trade

Within: Competition and trade

Brendan Coady leads the practice at Maddocks and successfully represented Optus Networks in ACCC proceedings against Telstra. Sydney-based Coady is an expert in the telecoms sector and Robert Gregory in Melbourne has particular energy-sector knowledge. Gina Wilson successfully defended Lawrence & Hanson Group against allegations of cartel conduct brought by the ACCC. Aside from ACCC investigations, the practice has strong capabilities advising on merger clearances and anti-competitive conduct issues.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Maddocks has been capitalising on the arrival of DLA Piper’s Canberra team in 2017, including Caroline Atkins, Anthony Willis, Gavan Mackenzie and special counsel Katherine Armytage, further establishing the team’s strong presence in the government procurement arena. The ten-partner practice headed by Brendan Coady, Atkins and Robert Gregory has seen an increase in cyber resilience and data security matters, and recent high-value work in the government sector includes advising the Digital Transformation Agency on a whole-of-government agreement with each of SAP, Concur, IBM and Oracle. Willis assisted the Commonwealth Department of Defence with its acquisition and delivery of an on-demand, integrated and distributed core simulation capability to support collective training outcomes. The team continues to advise Sydney Airport on its enterprise-wide network transformation project.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

At Maddocks, Sydney-based practice head Brendan Coady ‘is excellent and provides great commercial insights’. Jeff Goodall continues to assist Sydney Airport with a brand audit and filing strategy and Timothy Atkin defends NetComm Wireless against patent litigation proceedings brought by a US competitor. Greg Hipwell regularly assists clients with their strategic expansion strategies. Anthony Willis advises the Department of Defence on two helicopter projects, notably on technical, software, simulator, and licensing disputes. Other names to note include Shelley Einfeld, Katherine Armytage and Brendan Tomlinson.

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