Australia: Data 2018

This year, we identify 35 leading practitioners who are recognised for their outstanding work in the data industry including privacy and protection, security, information technology and telecoms and media law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Philip Catania Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
2. Fred Chilton Emil Ford Lawyers, Sydney
3. Patrick Fair Baker McKenzie, Sydney
4. Sheila McGregor Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
5. Hamish Fraser Bird & Bird, Sydney

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading player in the data market and sees six practitioners chosen for this year’s guide. 
Sheila McGregor is recognised as one of the best-regarded lawyers in the field and leads the firm’s technology and digital team. She brings strong sector experience to clients with one peer affirming that she is “definitely a great TMT lawyer”.
Peter Waters is regarded as “the world's best telco regulatory lawyer” by one respondent, a testament to his experience in the market as well as his specialisation and expertise in telecommunications law.
Bill Spain is a "brilliant lawyer" who stands out for his excellent work on technology and telecommunications matters on both a domestic and international level.
Peter Leonard is “brilliant on data privacy” according to sources who highly recommend him for his impressive expertise in business and data law.
Simon Muys leads the firm’s competition practice in Melbourne, and is highly recommended for his excellent work advising clients across the telecommunications sector on related matters.  
Moya Dodd is a standout name in the telecoms space, most notably when it comes to regulatory matters on which she frequently advises large commercial enterprises.

Allens boasts a strong data practice with four lawyers recognised here.
Gavin Smith is recommended for his strong experience working with large domestic and international tech companies and is recognised for his particular specialisation within the data market. One peer notes, “He is top quality.”
Andrew Wiseman is known for his impressive expertise in the data and intellectual property market, and boasts strong experience working on high-profile data deals.
Ian McGill is a long-standing figure in the Australian market and is recognised for his first-rate advisory work on a range of data, media and telecommunications issues.
Fiona Crosbie enjoys a great reputation in the Australian market and is well known for advising both domestic and international clients across the sector.

King & Wood Mallesons also sees four lawyers listed.
Cheng Lim possesses more than two decades of advisory experience relating to TMT issues, and is highly sought after by clients for his deep expertise in data privacy and security law matters.
Patrick Gunning is well known in the IT sector and comes highly recommended by market sources, specifically when it comes to his work on transactional issues and dispute resolution.
Scott Bouvier is known for his top-notch advisory work on complex transactional issues in the TMT market and is also recognised for his excellent work in dealing with related disputes.
Mark Weber is as recognised as a leading technology lawyer who is well known for his expert handling of related transactions and disputes.

Bird & Bird secures three listings in this chapter.
Jim FitzSimons is noted for his long career in the data industry, advising clients on a range of TMT issues, a sector in which he boasts significant knowledge and experience.
Hamish Fraser has strong expertise in the TMT space, most notably when it comes to regulatory matters across the IT and communications space.
Shane Barber is well known for his advisory work relating to new TMT businesses introducing services into Australia, with one peer describing him as “a great practitioner with a good reputation”.

Baker McKenzie sees two outstanding data specialists highlighted here.
Patrick Fair specialises in the regulatory side of data and TMT issues and is known for his top-tier work advising clients throughout various transactional matters relating to data projects.
Anne-Marie Allgrove is a privacy specialist, placing a particular focus of her advisory work on the convergence of privacy and data.

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Philip Catania is described by sources as “a quality outsourcing IT practitioner” and “definitely up there” with the best. He wins praise for his extensive experience advising high-profile clients on large deals.

At Emil Ford Lawyers, Fred Chilton draws widespread international praise for his deep expertise across in the TMT space where he is well versed in handling the establishment of start-ups, contracts and IP matters.

Philip Argy at is “highly visible” in the Australian market and stands out for his excellent work handling TMT-related disputes.

Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia is a strong player in the TMT market, both on a domestic and an international level. His expertise includes advising clients on a range of TMT issues relating to investment, privacy and communications.

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