Firms To Watch: IT and telecoms

Hall & Wilcox's TMT team is formed of practitioners from the firm's corporate and commercial practice group who specialise in technology law, and work with clients in a broad range of industry sectors.

IT and telecoms in Australia


Located in Sydney, the team at Allens is noted for its ‘strategic insight on commercial transactions and deep understanding of the market’, managing a workload which notably consists of cybersecurity strategic advice, complex procurement matters, and digital transformation projects. In recent months, practice head Gavin Smith has increasingly provided clients with complex advisory support related to digital transformation and the use of technology and data in business strategy. ‘Practical and business focused’ Jessica Mottau works with both public and private companies, as well as private equity firms, on in multi-jurisdictional transactions across a wide range of industries. Valeska Bloch – noted for her extensive knowledge of new technologies – is heavily involved in digital transformation projects.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Smith

Other key lawyers:

Valeska Bloch; Michael Park; Phil O’Sullivan; Jessica Mottau; Will Coote


‘A very experienced team that are willing and able to go beyond traditional legal support to help drive transactions and issues to resolution. The team produces very high quality work and proactively helps clients to manage other stakeholders during large transactions.’

‘Strategic insight on commercial transactions. Deep understanding of the market and what’s achievable. Always able to navigate around difficult roadblocks in transactions and never miss deadlines. My go-to firm for large, important strategic programs and bet the farm projects.’

‘The experience and industry knowledge of the team is second to none. However, the real value is in how they make a transaction easy for their clients. They manage the heavy lifting and guide clients through the key legal and commercial decisions. Gavin Smith has excellent decision-making ability and can effortlessly explain complex issues to clients.’

Key clients

TPG Telecom

Australian SuperColes

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Abano Healthcare Group


NSW Rural Fire Service


Bendigo Bank

Morrison & Co led consortium (Future Fund, CSC and SunSuper)


Work highlights

  • Advised TPG on matters of strategic important to the business including the sale of TPG Telecom’s mobile tower and rooftop infrastructure assets and the acquisition of an Australian subsidiary of Dense Air Limited.
  • Advising Westpac, ANZ and CBA on a number of Australia’s leading financial institutions including on a variety of complex technology and privacy matters.
  • Advised Uber on an investigation by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.


Working across multiple offices on the East Coast, Ashurst is sought out by numerous technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) companies, as well as various public bodies, for its wide-ranging capabilities in digital infrastructure, digital services, and digital transformation projects. The team is headed up by Amanda Ludlow, a Brisbane-based practitioner who counts some of the market’s foremost tech multinationals among her client base. Public sector projects are a key area of expertise for the Canberra-based Angela Summersby, a seasoned advisor who anchors the team’s relationship with the commonwealth government. Sydney-based Tim Brookes possesses significant commercial and regulatory credentials, drawing praise from clients for ‘an encyclopedic understanding of the IT regulatory environment.’ Clare Doneley is the name to note in relation to privacy-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Ludlow

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Craig; Tim Brookes; Angela Summersby; Emma Butler; Rebecca Cope; Clare Doneley; Geoff McGrath; Mitch Bazzana; David Baldi


‘Emma Butler is exceptional – excellent technical skills, highly commercial and pragmatic, hard working and easy to deal with. She is the reason why we go to Ashurst not just for advice in her areas of expertise, but also to other partners she recommends.’

‘Tim Brookes is an expert in this area with many years of practical experience.’

‘Ashurst has an outstanding technology practice. They have a genuine interest in understanding how our business works and they always seek to find practical commercial solutions to problems. The team is down to earth and easy to talk to. In particular, the senior associates in this team are very capable and are exceptional to work with. The Ashurst team always makes themselves available to us at short notice and the communication is always top-notch.’

Key clients

Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Judo Bank


NSW Government



Queensland Government

Brighte Capital

Monash University



Block Builder (trading as

SAP Fioneer


Work highlights

  • Advised Meta (formerly Facebook) on the 2Africa subsea system which will circumnavigate the whole of Africa, through Egypt to the Middle East and India, as well as up through Europe.

Clayton Utz

Praised for its ‘deep knowledge and expertise of the technology and digital subjects’, Clayton Utz fields a sizeable team of experts in this space, headed up by TMT chief Bruce Lloyd. Ken Saurajen, who chairs the IT transactional practice, is commended by clients for his commercial expertise, leading sizeable cross-disciplinary teams on multi-billion-dollar transactions. Senior associate Monique Azzopardi, whose workload spans across a range of IT procurements and transactions, is also recommended. Walid Sukari is also a notable practitioner when it comes to transactions, such as commercial contracting and information technology contracting. All lawyers mentioned are based in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Simon Newcomb; Ken Saurajen; Angie Freeman; Walid Sukari; Geoff Hoffman; Sophie Bradshaw; Monique Azzopardi; John Dieckmann


‘Simon Newcomb and Sophie Bradshaw combine well. Bradshaw delivers advice succinctly and clearly. Newcomb is preeminent.’

‘The technology practice within Clayton Utz is in my view, exceptional. The firm’s deep knowledge and expertise of the technology and digital subject matter and broader understanding of the industry are real assets to our business, particularly in the ICT major projects sector. The diversity of expertise offered by the firm is difficult to find elsewhere, and the firm’s expertise in the ‘infra tech’ space is second to none.’

‘When it comes to selecting a technology lawyer, Ken Saurajen ticks every box. His commitment to client service is exceptional, his expertise in the technology sector is impressive and his commercial acumen makes him a serious asset to clients. During negotiations, Ken is fierce yet diplomatic and he gets the deal done in a way that maximises leverage and minimises risk. As a client, I trust him completely.

Key clients

Department of Defence

Reserve Bank of Australia

Australian Digital Health Agency

National Broadband Network (nbn)

Westpac Banking Corporation

MICTA/ICTA – Statewide ICT Contracts Redesign (High Value)

SingTel Optus

Services Australia

Gateway Network Governing Body (Major Industry Reform)

Queensland Government and Council Authorities

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Toyota Motor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Australian Commonwealth Department of Defence on a landmark $1 billion contract with Telstra for the continued delivery to Defence of leading-edge technology and critical network and telecommunications services.
  • Advised the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on the technology procurement and data issues for The Cross River Rail Project, a $5B major infrastructure project.
  • Advised the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) on a range of procurement activities for modernising the national infrastructure for the My Health Record System.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Practitioners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth demonstrate ‘excellent skill and experience in technology contracts’, working with some of the largest multinational tech companies in the market. Senior partner James North heads up the group from the firm’s Sydney office, regularly working alongside the Sydney-based senior associate James Wallace on large digital infrastructure transactions. Melbourne-based Philip Catania is praised for his ‘deep understanding of the technology, media and telecommunications market, with recent engagements including major privacy deals for key domestic players. Helen Clarke left the firm to join Johnson Winter Slattery in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

James North

Other key lawyers:

Philip Catania; Arvind Dixit; Simon Johnson; James Wallace; Rob Ceglia


‘Excellent skill and experience in technology contracts.’

‘The IT team at Corrs Cambers Westgarth are our go-to firm for IT, privacy, and tech procurement matters.’

‘Arvind Dixit and Rob Ceglia have taken the time to get to know our business. All the advice we receive is thoughtful, useful and pragmatic.’

‘I have been using Corrs for advice on Australian telecommunications matters for several years, and their work has always been of a very high standard. They are consistently reliable, authoritative and professional, but also accessible and easy to deal with. They understand the need to consider the commercial requirements behind legal matters, and give sensible and thorough advice every time.’

‘James North has been an excellent adviser on telecommunication matters. He is always quick to respond to requests, and gives detailed, thoughtful and clearly written advice. He is both professional and friendly.’

‘Phil Catania’s deep understanding of the technology, media and telecommunications market and broad experience working with major clients in this space is a real asset, and has been impressive throughout our work together. He is able to provide relevant, practical advice in a timely manner.’

‘Arvind Dixit and Frances Wheelahan in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice – I can’t speak highly enough of their excellent, commercially-astute advice, and reliable, responsive and friendly management of matters. I entrust all of my most sensitive and important TMT-related work to this team.’

Key clients

Google / Alphabet



TPG Telecom

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) / X15 Ventures





Australian National Broadband Network (nbn)

NSW Government Department of Education

Work highlights

  • Acted for OMERS and Stilmark Holdings in relation to the establishment of a fund which will be focused on the acquisition of telecommunications infrastructure assets in Australia.
  • Advised on and assisted X15 Ventures with the launch of two game changing products for Australia’s financial services technology market: Unloan and Kit.
  • Corrs advised longstanding client, Adobe, on its lucrative deal with the Australian Federal Government to provide the “core customer experience technology” platform that will underpin the new myGov digital services platform.

Gilbert + Tobin

The ‘well resourced‘ team at Gilbert + Tobin is underpinned by strong, interdisciplinary relationships with the corporate and competition practices. On the telecoms side, the group is noted for its expertise in establishing joint ventures and alliances to commercialise data assets, routinely advising on multi-jurisdictional restructurings and reforming issues for key telecoms players. On the IT side, the Sydney-based Sheila McGregor boasts a vast knowledge of information technology law, while Simon Burns, also in Sydney, is regarded as ‘excellent with complex and novel technology projects’. With expertise spanning both sectors, Tim Gole is particularly recommended for his capabilities in contracting and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Sheila McGregor

Other key lawyers:

Sheila McGregor; Michael Caplan; Simon Burns; Lesley Sutton; Andrew Hii; Melissa Fai; Luke Standen; Tim Gole; Jen Bradley


‘Well resourced team. Good breath and depth. Supported by strong related practice areas (eg competition and corporate).’

‘Simon Burns is excellent with complex and novel technology projects.’

‘The team understand the commercial and strategic needs of our business and are laser-focussed on achieving the best outcomes for us. The team actively seek and enable true collaboration with our business teams and consistently close out legal projects in a proactive, practical and considered manner.’

Key clients


Westpac Banking Corporation





Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)


Rio Tinto

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)


NSW Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Telstra on its ten-year regional network sharing arrangement with TPG Telecom, marking the first Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) sharing arrangement in Australia.
  • Advising TfNSW on a first of its kind and scale roll out of electric vehicles and associated smart charging infrastructure for bus services in Sydney.
  • Advising QBE Insurance on its global strategic IT outsourcing and transformation program with Accenture.

Herbert Smith Freehills

The practice at Herbert Smith Freehills regularly advises on a high volume of technology and communications transactions taking place in the Australian market, advising on the full life cycle of deals and other corporate matters. The practice is jointly led by the Melbourne-based Julian Lincoln and the Perth-based Tony Joyner, who head up the firm’s TMT & digital practice and the global tech team, respectively. Sydney-based Kwok Tang is noted for his expertise in emerging technologies, automation, and artificial intelligence, advising a range of clients in the financial services and media sectors, among others. Peter Jones has over 25 years’ experience in the technology and telecommunications field.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lincoln; Tony Joyner

Other key lawyers:

Kwok Tang; Katherine Gregor; Peter Jones

Key clients

Sad Bots, Treasury Wine Estates Limited Elenium and Artrya

Atlassian Byte

Dance / Tik Tok




Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB)




Digital Bridge Investment Holdco, LLC





Motorola Solutions, Inc

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ dedicated ‘TechLaw’ team utilises an ‘in-depth knowledge of the telecommunications industry and regulatory framework(s)’ to assist a litany of clients – ranging from Australian startups to major global technology companies – with a host of technology, telecoms, data, and cybersecurity issues. Melbourne-based Cheng Lim, who became the practice group head for the firm in Australia in 2022, serves as the relationship partner for some of the group’s biggest clients. Renae Lattey, also in Melbourne, is a specialist in telecommunications law, commercial projects, and regulated access. Elsewhere, the Sydney-based Patrick Gunning has vast knowledge of the regulatory issues affecting the health and gaming industries. John Swinson has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Cheng Lim

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Gunning; Michael Swinson; Nicole Heller; Rachael Lewis; Kirsten Bowe; Bryony Evans; Kate Creighton-Selvay; Jessica Kruger; Renae Lattey


‘The firm has a team of excellent telecommunications lawyers. The group is also not afraid to try new technology solutions.’

‘Jessica Kruger and Rachael Lewis are very good. As well as being excellent lawyers, they take a practical approach and are good at dealing with complexity.’

‘Efficiency, commerciality and technical expertise.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms Inc. (Facebook)



Energy Security Board

Power and Water Corporation





Department of Health

Norton Rose Fulbright

Praised for clients for an international network and globally-minded expertise which is ‘unique in the market‘, Norton Rose Fulbright works with a mix of high-profile domestic and international TMT players on multi-billion-dollar matters. Co-leading the team is Nick Abrahams, Martyn Taylor, Peter Mulligan, and Anna Gamvros – who joined the Brisbane team from the firm’s Hong Kong office in July 2021. Recent work for the group includes infrastructure upgrades and rollouts, as well as large-scale technology procurement. Other key names to note include the ‘technically excellent’  Ka-Chi Cheung, who regularly works on outsourcing and procurement projects. All lawyers are located in Sydney unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Ann Gamvros; Nick Abrahams; Martyn Taylor; Peter Mulligan

Other key lawyers:

Ka-Chi Cheung; Joana Becquet-Zardi


‘The team’s global expertise and networks are unique in the market. They have taken the time to understand our business and products very well.’

‘Ka-Chi Cheung is technically excellent and commercial. He takes the time to really understand the needs of the business and provides practical on-point advice.’

‘Martyn Taylor and Joana Becquet-Zardi are both experts in the field, and they provide well considered, well priced and timely advice and service.’

Key clients

Vodafone Group


Vodafone Hutchison Australia




Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning


World Wide Fund for Nature

TPG Telecom

Workday Australia


Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie LLP, which displays a ‘nuanced reading of market forces and innovations‘, is instructed in the full spectrum of TMT work, encompassing business transformation, data protection, cybersecurity, blockchain, digital disruption, regulatory compliance and corporate transactions. On the transactional side, recent highlights have included application development issues and transformational corporate deals. Sydney-based practice head Andrew Stewart has a vast knowledge of copyright, defamation, and media regulation. Other key names to note include the Sydney-based Anne-Marie Allgrove, an expert in privacy, information governance, and security matters who also chairs the firm’s IP, data and technology practice, globally. Anne Petterd, who previously led the technology and telecommunications practice in the firm’s Singapore office, is a standout practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Allgrove; Paul Forbes; Andrea Kennedy; Adrian Lawrence; Toby Patten; Anne Petterd


‘It all comes down to knowledge and experience. I’m always comforted by the knowledge that the advice I’m getting from the Baker McKenzie partners is cased in a complete understanding of the law, but also a nuanced reading of market forces and innovations.’

Work highlights

    Bird & Bird

    Bird & Bird is entrusted by a steadily growing roster of innovative tech sector clients, particularly in the areas of satellites, space law, and autonomous vehicles. On the regulatory side, the team routinely handles matters stemming from technology, communications, and financial services sector entities. Practice co-head Hamish Fraser advises on both technology regulation and commercial issues, while fellow co-chair Thomas Jones is a port of call for issues regarding carriers, service providers and governments. Shane Barber, the firm’s Australian managing partner, is a key name to note when it comes to the knowledge economy sector. All mentioned lawyers are based in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    Hamish Fraser; Thomas Jones

    Other key lawyers:

    Shane Barber; Sophie Dawson; Julie Cheeseman

    Key clients

    DXC Technology Australia

    Vodafone Hutchinson Australia Pty Ltd (now TPG Telecom)

    Rockstar Games (related to Take-Two Interactive)

    Basware Pty Ltd

    Speedcast International

    Aircall SAS

    Mitratech Holdings, Inc

    Epic Games

    Pivotel Group

    PPRO Holding GmbH

    MTF Holdings Pty Ltd (Macquarie Bank) and management sellers – Verser Technology Lifecycles


    Software AG Australia Pty Ltd

    Inmarsat Global

    Verizon Inc


    Work highlights

    • Representing DXC Technology and Hewlett-Packard Australia Pty Limited in relation to litigation against Optus in the New South Wales Supreme Court, regarding a project concerning Optus’ wholesale telephony systems.
    • Acting for Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and also the joint venture between Vodafone and Optus Mobile Pty Limited, in matters relating to the rollout of 4G and 5G networks across Australia.
    • Successfully obtaining orders and relief for copyright infringement for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc; RockStar Games Inc in proceedings concerning unauthorised mods written for the Grand Theft Auto V game.


    Maddocks advises a host of domestic and international blue-chip TMT clients on various transactions, including M&A deals, IPOs and ASX listings, and capital raises. The 'expert' Caroline Atkins leads the group from the Canberra office, alongside the Sydney-based Brendan Coady and the Melbourne-based Robert Gregory. Atkins is especially knowledgeable with regard to government matters, working on multiple public sector IT contracts. The Sydney-based Brendan Tomlinson is also recommended for the breadth of his transactional capabilities.

    Practice head(s):

    Brendan Coady; Caroline Atkins; Robert Gregory

    Other key lawyers:

    Katherine Armytage; Jeff Goodall; Brendan Tomlinson; Sonia Sharma; Belinda Chapman; Jack Evans


    ‘Caroline Atkins and her team at Maddocks have deep expertise and experience across the Commonwealth’s ICT contracts – especially for our whole-of-government procurement arrangements. We have worked closely and collaboratively with them through negotiations in a way that felt like true partnership.’

    ‘Caroline Atkins is the expert. It often feels like she’s worked on every ICT contract that the Commonwealth has ever held. She is warm, respectful, and collaborative. She will advocate strongly for best practice, but will work closely with us to find alternative solutions where we cannot achieve what we want to. She is a trusted partner.’

    ‘Belinda Chapman is a rising star. I’ve worked very closely alongside her and she is always warm, respectful, and eager to collaborate to find a way to solution that I am seeking. I look forward to seeing her become a leader in this sector.’

    Key clients


    Adobe Systems

    Philips Electronics Australia

    Sony Australia

    Aristocrat Technologies

    Macquarie Telecom

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Sydney Airport

    Dentsu Aegis Network

    IMEXHS Limited

    HMD Global (the owner of the Nokia brand)

    Commonwealth Government departments and agencies

    NSW Government departments and agencies

    VIC Government departments and agencies

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Philips, on JP2060, a large multi-faceted project to deliver state-of-the-art deployable hospitals to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
    • Advised on a whole of government arrangement (WOGA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on behalf of the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in relation to the supply of AWS services to Government agencies (Contractor Offerings).
    • Aadvising Domain on a complete refresh of its terms and conditions across its entire portfolio. This includes all terms and conditions in respect of listings, API, websites, products and services.

    Minter Ellison

    Minter Ellison is praised by clients for possessing a wealth of knowledge of highly-regulated industries, as well as ‘a deep understanding of both the policy framework of government and the expectations of the ICT and telecommunications industry.’ The practice is headed up by the Sydney-based Nick Pascoe, with key support coming from Melbourne-based Paul Kallenbach, who heads up the cyber law and data protection practice; Sydney-based head of outsourcing Anthony Borgese; and Canberra-based head of government Amanda Story. Other key names to note include the Melbourne-based Kylie Diwell - the firm’s head of government in Victoria - who advises public bodies on major projects and procurements.

    Practice head(s):

    Nick Pascoe

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Kallenbach; Anthony Borgese; Amanda Story; Kylie Diwell


    ‘The team were highly responsive in a high-profile yet technically difficult procurement. Amanda was extremely approachable and delivered legal advice informed by a deep understanding of both the policy framework of government and the expectations of the ICT and telecommunications industry.’

    ‘Stand out for their knowledge, commercial practicality, reliability, personable, efficient and outcome focused service.’

    ‘Nick Pascoe shows brilliant dedication to deliver clear legal advice and seek favourable commercial outcomes.’

    ‘Kylie Diwell is an expert in her field, excellent customer care and can explain the most complex of legal matters to a diverse group of people easily.’

    ‘Nicole Bradshaw is an expert in her field of telecommunications and IT. High customer care and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her customer. She is also patient in difficult negotiation scenarios.’

    ‘Excellent team with a very good understanding of our requirements, not only from a legal aspect but also commercially and technically.’

    ‘Kylie Diwell is excellent and provides well-rounded advice.’

    ‘Very strong intuitive knowledge of what kind of risk allocations the market for IT services has both taken previously, and is presently capable of taking.’

    Key clients

    Office of the Crown Solicitor of Tasmania

    Department of Treasury & Finance

    Tasmanian Government

    Suncorp Banking Corporation

    Suncorp Banking Corporation

    Colonial First State

    Office of the Crown Solicitor of Tasmania

    ANZ Bank

    Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)

    The State of Victoria Emergency Management Operational Communications Program – Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA)

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the delivery of its new multi-agency government radio network, the Tasmanian Government Radio Network (TasGRN).
    • Advised the State of Victoria to modernise a number of VicRoads services to make them more user friendly for motorists.
    • Advising Suncorp Group on its migration of Suncorp’s business applications to a cloud environment through outsourcing to multiple technology suppliers.

    Allen & Overy LLP

    Allen & Overy LLP‘s team draws on the breadth of its ‘market knowledge, both locally and internationally’ to advise a range of telecoms carriers, developers, distributors, and suppliers on various transactional and regulatory matters, including cross-border corporate deals, joint ventures, and equity raisings. Michael Reede heads up the team, specialises in large corporate transactions in the TMT sector. Reede is well-supported by Saranpaal Calais, technology, IP and digitalisation matters who was promoted to partner in May 2022. All named lawyers are based in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Reede

    Other key lawyers:

    Saranpaal Calais; Daniel Harris


    ‘Market knowledge, both locally and internationally. Quick turnaround of high quality work.’

    ‘Excellent service and easy to work with. Importantly, they are able to guide executives when needed.’

    Key clients



    Property Exchange Australia (PEXA)

    Insignia Financial

    Grow Super Australia

    Asahi Australia

    Singapore Telecommunications

    Work highlights

    • Advised Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) on the sale of a 70% stake in Australia Tower Network Pty Limited, its passive telecommunications infrastructure business, to AustraliaSuper following a competitive auction process.

    DLA Piper

    A diverse roster of fast-growing, international technology, IT, and e-commerce companies turn to DLA Piper for its capabilities in a variety of cross-border projects. The team is lauded by clients as, ‘the market leader in advising on outsourcing contracts‘, an ares in which Sydney-based data protection and cybersecurity specialist Nicholas Boyle draws particularly high praise. ‘Commercially pragmatic‘ Melbourne-based practice head Tim Lyons also works on the procurement elements of outsourcing transactions, while the Sydney-based Anthony Lloyd – global co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions and strategic sourcing group – counts a number of major financial services companies among his client base. At associate level, Sarah Dolan is noted for her 'deep understanding of risk beyond the contractual T&Cs'.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Lyons

    Other key lawyers:

    Nicholas Boyle; Sarah Dolan; Sarah Birkett; Anthony Lloyd


    ‘The team has a lot of experience in working closely with in-house commercial and technology teams, which makes their advice and support incredibly user-friendly. I also value the diversity within the team, and how approachable and friendly the team is in general – which makes working with them a pleasure.’

    ‘Nicholas Boyle is a stand-out partner, delivering excellent and cost-effective service and expertise. I value Nick’s intellect, pragmatism, commerciality and honesty – very much a trusted adviser.’

    ‘For me, the DLA team are the market leader in advising on outsourcing contracts. Very easy to work with, very flexible, excellent commercially focus and focused on solving client problems. Provides pragmatic advice. They are also leaders in interpreting market-specific regulations impacting regulated industries, such as banking and insurance.’

    ‘Nicholas Boyle is brilliant and the best outsourcing lawyer at DLA Piper in Australia.’

    ‘Tim Lyons very quickly identifies and focuses on the transactional points important to me and then provides commercially pragmatic advice tailored to situation and to the level of detail that I am looking for.’

    ‘What has made the team I have used in DLA Piper is their deep commercial understanding of the industries and the ability to translate them into tangible requirements.’

    ‘Sarah Dolan has a deep understanding of risk beyond the contractual T&Cs. She is able to provide a great articulation of what an organisation should or should not agree to, brings a very rich experience and background to the discussions, and still ensures that the language aligns to the customers.’

    Key clients

    Australian Financial Complaints Authority

    Victorian Department of Transport

    Life360, Inc.

    Worley Limited

    Basslink Pty Ltd

    Victoria Police


    Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation

    Endeavour Energy



    Australian Technology Innovators

    Work highlights

    • Advised Australia’s independent financial ombudsman, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), in relation to its landmark ‘Digital Modernisation Programme’, which seeks to digitise and contemporise its customer- and member-facing operations.
    • Assisted the Department of Transport with its procurement of a Situational Awareness Solution for the Victorian road transport network.
    • Advised Worley Limited on its multi-jurisdictional outsourcing programme of its IT service desk and support services, HR functions, finance and accounting operations, and applications development and maintenance.

    K&L Gates

    Praised for their 'deep experience in complex technology projects', the team at K&L Gates advises corporate organisations and government agencies on the full gamut of technology work including SaaS, large platforms, and outsourcing transactions. Melbourne-based practice head Cameron Abbott notably assists international fintech companies, who turn to him for his 'authority and experience' in global expansion efforts. Richard Chew in Sydney is described as a ‘go-to partner for telco and IT contracting support', while at associate level, Rob Pulham in Melbourne ‘provides deep expertise in the SAP software procurement.’

    Practice head(s):

    Cameron Abbott

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Chew; Rob Pulham; Allison Wallace


    ‘The group can provide this service primarily through deep experience in complex technology projects. What makes their service unique therefore is both their willingness for shared ownership of the outcomes, and deep experience in comparable complex technology procurements and implementation projects.’

    ‘Cameron Abbott is our primary contact. Cameron brings with him a level of authority and experience unique to this type of complex digital transformation project. He is always contactable but delegates when appropriate.’

    ‘Rob Pulham provides specialist advice on SAP (our selected core software) contract terms and arrangements. Rob has been engaged at specific points in the last 12 months and provides deep expertise in the SAP software procurement.’

    ‘Richard Chew’s team at K&L Gates provide a great general commercial & contractual support model. They are easy to brief, understand our business and approach, and provide pragmatic solutions to customer contract negotiations.’

    ‘Richard Chew is my go-to partner for telco and IT contracting support. He provides excellent advice, pragmatic, timely contractual drafting support, and has a great manner in customer contract negotiations.’

    Key clients

    Ansvar Insurance Ltd

    BlueScope Steel Limited

    Dicker Data Limited

    Hydro Tasmania

    Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Origin Energy

    Sinch Holding AB

    Verrency Holdings Limited

    Woolworths Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Sweden-based Sinch AB on the acquisition of SMS marketing technology company MessageMedia through a cash and stock transaction valued at US$1.3 billion (AU$1.7 billion).
    • Acted for Inghams in its negotiations with a system implementor and software vendor for the implementation of its replacement ERP platform.
    • Acted for TasNetworks in its procurement of an electronic record and document management software solution.

    Lander & Rogers

    Lander & Rogers‘ team has rapidly expanded in recent years, with the team now fielding close to a dozen practitioners. Lisa Fitzgerald co-heads the group alongside Robert Neely, based out of the firm’s Melbourne and Sydney offices, respectively. Neely works with private and public sector businesses on complex technology procurement projects and digital services provision issues, while Fitzgerald’s wide-ranging capabilities are most keenly concentrated in emerging technologies, data services, and cyber security. The pair are well supported by the Melbourne-based Keely O'Dowd, whose practice mainly involves technology projects, privacy, and cybersecurity matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Neely. Lisa Fitzgerald

    Other key lawyers:

    Keely O’Dowd

    Key clients

    DCI Data Centres


    Acsess Health

    Philip Morris Limited



    5D Global

    Agora Intelligence







    Energy Australia

    Work highlights

    • Advising DCI Data Centers as it embarks on an ambitious program of rolling out enterprise data centres at various sites around Australia including Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin.
    • Advising DoorDash with the impending rollout of the DashMart grocery delivery business, supporting the expansion of the US-based company with critical ‘on the ground’ support.
    • Advised on the strategic IP, IT and Privacy aspects of Wollemi Capital’s acquisition of a 30% interest in Hoops Capital.

    McCullough Robertson

    McCullough Robertson operates ‘seamlessly across both the Brisbane and Sydney offices’, working with a mix of rapidly growing life sciences, biotechnology and information technology companies – including a number of start-ups. Alex Hutchens, who heads up the team from the firm’s Sydney office, is praised for his ‘detailed but also very commercial‘ capabilities across large transactions as well as data protection and cybersecurity projects. Matthew McMillan is another key name to note for big-ticket commercial matters, with recent engagements seeing him advising market-leading payment service providers on innovative digital ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Hutchens

    Other key lawyers:

    Rebecca Lindhout; Matt McMillan


    ‘As a technology start up, I have found the advice of Alex Hutchens very valuable. He understands our stage of life and the realities of what we need to navigate to grow. It think it is important that a legal advisor takes the time to understand their client’s position and the context surrounding their business. Alex has done this very well.’

    ‘I have found Alex Hutchens to be very detailed but also very commercial. He is easy to talk to and he doesn’t overcomplicate things. He is effective at getting to the heart of a matter and provides advice that facilitates effective decision making.’

    ‘Matt McMillan is an excellent IT lawyer. He is responsive, explains complex issues in a straightforward and easy to understand manner. He is proactive in following up, and delivers first class legal services. He has significant expertise in this area of law.’

    Key clients

    Over the Wire Holdings Limited


    Fox Sports

    Telstra Corporation Limited

    Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd

    Macquarie Bank Limited

    I-MED Radiology Network Limited


    The Reload Group

    Land and Housing Corporation within the NSW Department of Planning and Environment

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

    Unifii Pty Ltd

    Sportradar Group

    Webb Henderson

    Webb Henderson deals with the full range of TMT projects for large telecoms operators and technology and media companies, and is particularly noted for its strength in fibre projects. The Sydney-based offering is steered by Angus Henderson, a seasoned regulatory expert who counts some of the nation's leading digital infrastructure companies among his client base. Henderson regularly works in conjunction with Ish Omar, another experienced practitioner who advises publicly owned corporations on a range of ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Angus Henderson

    Other key lawyers:

    Ara Margossian; Ish Omar

    Key clients







    Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

    Dense Air

    Avaroa Cable Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for nbn in relation to its Special Access Undertaking, a key regulatory document that establishes a world-first regulatory regime for the long-term economic regulation of a telecommunications provider, with effect until 2040.
    • Advised SpaceX in obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals for its acquisition of Swarm Technologies Inc in Australia. Swarm Technologies Inc is a small-satellite data provider.
    • Advising the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the state of competition in the mobile communications sector.

    Gadens Lawyers

    The group at Gadens Lawyers is capable in a broad spectrum of technology-related work, particularly in relation to privacy compliance matters and, increasingly, issues related to cyber breaches. The team is led by Dudley Kneller, a 'deeply knowledgeable, responsive, and precise' lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience in technology arrangements. Antoine Pace is noted by clients for his ‘great grasp of complex and emerging technologies such as AI and machine vision’, while David Smith  is noted for his expertise in marketing, privacy, and technology law. Former practice head Donna Bartlett left for Deloitte Lawyers in December 2021. All named team members are based in Melbourne

    Practice head(s):

    Dudley Kneller

    Other key lawyers:

    David Smith; Antoine Pace


    ‘Dudley Kneller’s responsiveness is excellent. I have confidence I can access him in a very timely manner as issues arise. Whilst technically very strong he brings a commerciality to his advice, and is willing to refer to his colleagues when it calls on their specialist knowledge.’

    ‘Antoine Pace has a great grasp of complex and emerging technologies such as AI and machine vision along with the legal and business drivers, challenges and commercial frameworks in which can be adopted.’

    ‘David Smith is deeply knowledgeable, responsive, and precise.’

    Key clients

    Austin Group


    Comscentre WA

    Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operations Pty Ltd

    Orro Group

    Park Lane Information Technology

    Secure Data Consent

    Smart Guide

    Tally Group

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Tally Group Holdings in the due diligence for the merger between Tally Group, and Agility CIS, including advising on material customer contracts, material supplier contracts, and privacy compliance aspects of the merger.
    • Advised Secure Data Consent in relation to its licensing arrangements for its flagship product, including advising on and preparing its standard trial licence agreement and production licence agreement.
    • Assisted Smart Guide in drafting and negotiating commercial arrangements for the provision of a trolley management solution to Coles.

    Johnson Winter Slattery

    Johnson Winter Slattery's growing team advises on the full gamut of IT and telecommunications matters, often advising UK, US, and European TMT companies looking to enter the Australian market. Sydney-based practice head Ravi De Fonseka is praised by clients for possessing a 'high level of technical expertise and understanding of IT processes.' De Fonseka is well supported by Helen Clarke, a Brisbane-based partner who joined the team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in January 2022. The Sydney-based Daniel Thompson is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Ravi De Fonseka

    Other key lawyers:

    Daniel Thompson; Helen Clarke


    ‘Ravi de Foneska provided excellent service with a very high level of technical expertise and understanding of Information Technology processes and terms.’

    ‘The team takes the time to get to know their clients’ challenges and opportunities and shows genuine interest in their success. They communicate well with the legal team and business, and always provide timely, relevant advice that is practical and commercial.’

    ‘Daniel Thompson’s understanding of technology, and his ability to communicate effectively with developers is a great asset. He gets straight to the heart of any problem and provides pragmatic solutions.’

    ‘Ravi de Fonseka leads the team expertly. He provides timely, practical advice, and proactively follows up on results. Ravi is very generous with his time and experience, and makes his clients feel in very safe hands.’

    Key clients


    Perpetual Digital

    Queensland Government




    American Tower Corporation

    Australia Tower Network


    James Cook University


    EcoTech Minerals





    Origin Energy

    The a2 Milk Company

    Volvo Group

    Lineage Logistics

    Work highlights

    • Advised Microsoft in connection with the Australian growth of its Azure products and services.
    • Advising Origin Energy on its project to implement a small-scale technology certificate (STC) trading system which will enable Origin Energy to source and surrender STCs under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.
    • Advising Volvo Group on the Australian aspects of its global telematics, data management and warehousing project for its Truck and Bus businesses.

    Sparke Helmore Lawyers

    The practice at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, co-led by Sydney based Dalvin Chien and Shannon Platt, is rated by clients for the breadth of its data and cyber security expertise, as well as its ability to act for both technology suppliers and buyers in large-scale transactions. The Canberra-based Alexandra Wedutenko, who joined the team in July 2021 as a consultant, comes highly recommended for her ‘extensive experience in managing large scale procurements.’

    Practice head(s):

    Dalvin Chien; Shannon Platt

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexandra Wedutenko


    ‘Very experienced and responsive team, able to scale and rapidly manage an incredible volume of work to produce excellent results.’

    ‘Alexandra Wedutenko is one of the most experienced and capable IT lawyers in Australia and Sparke Helmore has extensive experience in managing large scale procurements.’

    ‘Rare combination of IT & technology legal expertise with commercial nous and approach.’

    ‘The team is diverse and innovative in their delivery method. I really value how responsive and customer focused their team is. They focus on training, mentoring and valuing staff.’

    ‘Dalvin Chein is very good at understanding the needs of in-house legal teams. He just “gets it”.’

    ‘Excellent technology and legal skills. The practice is easy to communicate with, and can readily adapt to changing instructions.’

    ‘Dalvin Chien is responsive and presents his diverse team. He makes great accommodations for his clients and is willing to work as a partner as well as a trusted advisor.’

    ‘Strength is in their communication and ensuring that they understand the instructions correctly and making sure their deliverables reflect that.’

    Key clients

    Australian Computer Society


    Camden Council

    Catholic Church Insurance


    Commonwealth Government


    NSW Government


    Standards Australia


    Work highlights

    • Supported Infosys, a global technology company, with a secondee.
    • Advised Catholic Church Insurance on its digital transformation project, which involved the procurement of a core and integrated Software as a Service (SaaS) Platform to manage its core business.
    • Advised Citi on its obligations under the CDR Rules,

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs provides an end-to-end service for technology projects, fielding a dedicated communications team which provides regulatory and competition advice for a host of entities operating within the sector. The practice is jointly headed up by dual-qualified (Australia and US) Richard W Horton and associate James Konidaris, who both possess key expertise in early stage and venture capital work. Horton is the core of team’s knowledge and experience when it comes to negotiating Silicon Valley technology deals. All named lawyers are based in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    James Konadiris; Richard Horton

    Key clients


    Animoca Brands Corporation


    Biarri Holdings/Biarri Rail

    CT Operations Pty Ltd

    Intalock Technologies Pty Ltd

    Hellen Systems

    Morse Micro

    Pine Island Capital Partners

    Sezzle, Inc.

    Sine Group

    Singular Health Group Ltd

    Swarmfarm Robotics Ltd

    Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain


    Work highlights

    • Advised Swarmfarm Robotics Pty Ltd on its AU$4,750,000 Series A-I financing from a number of third party investors

    Thomson Geer

    Commended for its ‘broad sector experience‘ as well as its ‘commercial savvy and client focus,’ Thomson Geer acts a diverse array of ISPs, telecom providers, software companies, government departments, consumers and regulators. Heading up the practice is Mark Feetham, a Sydney-based lawyer who is often instructed on complex procurements, particularly in the defence sector. The Melbourne-based Antoine Chalet regularly advises on technology transactions, while the Sydney-based Demetrios Christou specialises in regulatory matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Feetham

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Chalet; Demetrios Christou


    ‘Pragmatic timely and very cost effective advice. Always looking to ensure value and realistic advice – other firms sometimes say this Thomson Geer delivers every time in this regard.’

    ‘Broad sector experience in tech and telecoms, coupled with commercial savvy and client focus.’

    ‘Mark Feetham has been delightful to work with.’

    Key clients


    Hyland Software

    City of Sydney


    Rohde & Schwarz Australia

    South Australian Government – Department of Correctional Services


    Chrysos Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Acted for InterGrain in forming a strategic collaboration with Inari, a US biotech seed company, which aims to improve the yield potential of wheat to enhance long-term viability of crops.
    • Advised integrated communications solutions provider Rohde & Schwarz Australia on the awarding of a major contract to supply the integrated communications systems for Australia’s new A$39 billion Hunter class frigates being built in South Australia by BAE Systems Maritime Australia.
    • Advising Hyland Software on new contractual arrangements for IT products and services provided to icare, the New South Wales government’s workplace injury insurance corporation.