Mr Allan Yeoman > Buddle Findlay > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
New Zealand

Work Department

TMT; Corporate and commercial; Privacy and data protection; Intellectual property


Partner. Specialises in transactional and contracting advice in the technology and media sectors. For details about Allan’s work highlights see here –


Allan works with a range of IT customers and vendors in both the private and public sectors, including software developers, broadcasters, cloud service providers, healthcare providers, local bodies and other public sector agencies. Allan also provides contracting advice to a range of commercial clients, and regularly advises on data privacy regulation and compliance. He has recently published a White Paper on information security and privacy and been interviewed on cybersecurity risks and challenges. He has a particular interest in social media, and has worked with a number of brand-owners to develop social media policies and address brand management and compliance issues. Allan is heavily involved with our startup practice, and advises early-stage and high-growth companies on intellectual property, licensing, partnership, privacy and e-commerce arrangements. Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Allan worked at Linklaters and Lewis Silkin in London.


• Associate Member and Certified Technologist of the Institute of IT Professionals


• LLB (Hons), BCom (Auckland)
• Admitted New Zealand (2004) 
• Admitted England and Wales (2007)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Allan YeomanBuddle Findlay

They have put in effort to understand how our business works and consequently are able to provide advice and documentation that is fit for purpose more efficiently‘, says a client of Buddle Findlay. The firm has prominent practitioners in Auckland in Philip Wood, who specialises in commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector matters, and Allan Yeoman, who acts for early stage and high-growth technology companies in  transactional and contracting matters and works with IT customers and vendors in both the private and public sectors. In Wellington, Amy Ryburn is a key partner for commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media, telecommunications and intellectual property. Senior associates Damien Steel-Baker who handles commercial contracting and procurement, and Keri Johansson are rising stars. Special counsel Renee Stiles focuses on drafting, and negotiating large scale and complex ICT and outsourcing contracts.

New Zealand > Intellectual property

At Buddle Findlay, ‘the team has really good broad knowledge and it can tap in to and a great level of understanding about the NZ market‘. The firm has a deep bench of IP specialists lawyers, backed up by litigators with extensive experience in contentious IP matters. It provides the full range of IP services based on the collective experience of its team gained at international law firms, patent attorney firms, and in public sector and industry roles. Last year, the firm maintained its 100% record in domain name disputes before the Domain Name Commission. John Glengarry and Philip Wood lead the practice from Auckland, where partner Allan Yeoman and special counsel Hamish Selby are also recommended. In Christchurch, litigator Kelly Paterson handles IP as part of a broad dispute resolution practice. Amy Ryburn in Wellington specialises in major ICT contracts, outsourcing and the IP aspects of corporate transactions.