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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
LEVEL 17
8 CHIFLEY, 8-12 CHIFLEY SQUARE
SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Australia

Work Department

Communications & Technology.

Position

Partner.

Career

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.

Memberships

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 across a wide variety of sector-critical matters, advising major IT and TMT clients, corporates, and government agencies on transactions, strategy and projects, and litigation. Notable and complex mandates include data centre and tech infrastructure projects, digital transformation programmes, and major tech M&A deals. Sydney-based James North heads up the national team and acts regularly for major tech clients and Australian telecommunications carriers on high-profile mandates. Melbourne’s Philip Catania has a strong market profile, advising on large-scale tech outsourcing projects, disputes, and intellectual property issues. In Brisbane, Helen Clarke focuses on IT procurement and outsourcing, alongside IT licensing agreements. Melbourne-based Arvind Dixit advises public and private IT innovation clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues, while Sydney-based senior associate Jennifer Dean has a similarly broad practice acting for tech and telecommunications clients.

Australia > Media and entertainment

Lawyers at Corrs Chambers Westgarth are known for their ‘excellent communication’ and ability to ‘get straight to the heart of the issue’. The department prides itself on its full-service offering with the workload of late showcasing matters as varied as media-related corporate transactions, defamation, and other disputes and regulatory issues. Practice head James North is well-versed in acting for media companies and broadcasters on corporate and commercial affairs such as content licensing and acquisitions; his team also includes Adam Foreman, a governance and reputation management specialist, and special counsel Jennifer Dean who gears her practice towards regulatory matters such as diversity and content regulation. Clients also single out defamation, contempt, and pre-publication expert, Richard Leder, for recommendation, hailing him as ‘respected throughout the Australian media scene. Named lawyers are based in Sydney.

Australia > Data protection

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts on major contentious and non-contentious data-related matters for a range of high-profile clients in the financial services, technology, and retail sectors, with work encompassing policy reviews, privacy compliance and complaints, data access and security issues, and litigation relating to data breaches. Alongside its corporate work, the team also advises national and foreign governments on Australian legal considerations and projects. Sydney-based partner James North heads up the team and supports major corporates on business-critical projects and compliance issues, as well as advising on data elements of transactions. Also in Sydney, the ‘fantastic‘ Eugenia Kolivos specialises in privacy work and has won praise from a wide range of clients. Philip Catania in Melbourne advises on data-related transactions and privacy proceedings, while Perth-based Helen Clarke works on data breaches, commercialisation issues, and advises multinational businesses on global privacy considerations. Melbourne’s Arvind Dixit is highly active in the e-commerce space.