Mr James North > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Communications & Technology.




James is our head of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Valued by clients for his innovative thinking, knowledge and commitment, James is the partner you want on your team when it comes to transactions in the converging fields of telecommunications, media and technology.  His expertise encompasses strategic commercial transactions as well as disputes in the TMT sector, including acquisitions, joint-ventures, outsourcings, and product rollouts.

James works at the forefront of TMT regulation, being a key advisor in Australia to some of the world’s most innovative and best known ecommerce, media and online brands helping them to achieve their business objectives in a complex and evolving regulatory environment.   He is also a long term advisor to major Australian telecommunications carriers and regularly advises on the regulation of emerging technologies. 

Called upon by international consultancies and leading law firms from around the world, James has built a reputation for providing his clients with global best practice when navigating the emerging trends and practices of the rapidly changing TMT landscape.


Communications and Media Law Association – Member Communications Alliance – Member Network Insight Institute – Member Law Society of New South Wales – Member.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > IT and telecoms

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts for Australian and global corporations, major IT, telecoms and social media companies, and government institutions on major infrastructure and transformation projects, commercial mandates, disputes, product launches and regulatory matters. Assisting international clients on their investments into Australian telecoms assets is another strength of the team. Sydney-based James North is head of the group and is active in high-profile telecoms mandates for major Australian telecoms carriers. In Melbourne, Philip Catania, who has a background in both law and computer science, and is thus particularly skilled in handling technology disputes, whilst Helen Clarke in Brisbane acts for both public and private sector clients on their technology outsourcing transactions and software licensing agreements. Arvind Dixit is also a notable team member in the Melbourne office.

Australia > Media and entertainment

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James North  – Corrs Chambers Westgarth

The technology, media, and telecommunications team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth builds custom solutions to advise major broadcasters, tech companies, and other high-profile media outlets on a broad spectrum of issues. These include licensing, regulatory compliance with media ownership laws, market strategy, and defamation claims. Spearheaded at the Sydney office by entertainment law authority James North, the group’s portfolio features such clients as ViacomCBS, Comcast, Network 10, and Southern Cross Media. The team is supported by media ownership expert Adam Foreman in Melbourne. In addition to its work in media and tech, the group assists in the NGO sector, recently providing pre-publication advice to The Australian Centre for International Justice on a report detailing human rights abuses in Myanmar. Jennifer Dean  has now joined Johnson Winter & Slattery.

Australia > Data protection

Corrs Chambers Westgarth handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious data privacy and governance matters, working across the financial services, technology, and retail sectors, as well as advising governments on Australian data provisions. The team is led by James North , who has a strong focus on technology, media and telecoms work, and advises major domestic and international businesses, including leading Big Tech clients. Eugenia Kolivos has a strong specialism in complex technology and data commercialisation, alongside privacy advice, while Brisbane’s Helen Clarke handles data breaches, commercialisation issues and global privacy reviews. Melbourne’s Arvind Dixit advises on a wide range of public and private IT projects, including data considerations. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise indicated. Senior associate Jennifer Dean  has now joined Johnson Winter & Slattery.