What the team is known for
Ashurst is regularly entrusted with high-profile transactional, contentious and regulatory mandates from major telecommunication, technology and media clients in both the domestic and international markets. Acts for IT providers on the negotiation and implementation of complex outsourcing agreements, and sought after by global technology giants to advise on multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues including privacy and data protection obligations. Proven track record advising on large-scale digital transformation projects and the development of telecommunications infrastructure. In media, advises online, broadcasting and print media publishers on the full range of commercial and litigation matters regarding content, advertising and data, including adept handling of regulatory and pre-publication issues, and offers notably strong ability and experience in defamation cases. The team also works closely with corporate colleagues to advise its blue-chip clientele on M&A transactions in the sector. Key clients include AGL Energy, Nationwide News and Telxius.
A comprehensive range of Ashurst practice group strengths is identified by a client whose checklist includes "an ability to provide detailed advice that offers practical solutions to complex problems," "a service which focuses on the successful delivery of outcomes, not just the legal question at hand," and "an ability to respond to our needs at short notice and action urgent issues within tight timeframes."
Another client emphasises Ashurst's "real skill" when it comes to its "capacity to simplify complex legal matters into a succinct and digestible format for directors, executives and commercial teams of varying levels of sophistication."
Ashurst acted for Commonwealth Bank of Australia with regard to the implementation of its technology simplification project, a programme designed to streamline a body of over 3,000 IT services through modernisation, decommissioning or migration to cloud.
Ashurst represented Google in a number of defamation proceedings revolving around the question of the extent to which a search engine is the publisher of search or autocomplete results, these matters including cases initiated by Dr Janice Duffy and Milorad Trkulja in South Australia and Victoria respectively.
operates across the technology spectrum, with a particularly strong focus on technology-led innovation and digital infrastructure issues. "She's good; I rate her,"
says one interviewee. She is based in Brisbane.
is a Sydney-based veteran of the media litigation scene, with a particularly strong track record where defamation cases and the representation of major news organisations are concerned. A client praises his "incredible wealth of experience and deep intellectual understanding of the law of defamation."
is highly regarded in the telecommunications and IT spaces for his long experience and assured management of numerous major transactions and their accompanying regulatory aspects. A client praises his uniformly "very strong levels of service, sophistication and commercial awareness,"
and also notes: "I'm a big fan of Tim's: he's insightful, practical, genuinely helpful and really interested in the work we do."
He is based in Sydney.