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Ashurst

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

Commenting on the team's "experience, expertise and skill in the procurement of complex ICT systems," a client identifies three key areas of  capability: "Their ability to provide detailed advice that offers practical solutions to complex problems; their ability to respond to project needs at short notice and address urgent issues within tight timeframes; and their ability to understand our primary drivers and motivations and provide a service which focuses on the successful delivery of the overall project, not just the immediate legal questions."

A media sector client who particularly emphasises the team's "expertise in pre-publication work and ability to apply and incorporate critical thinking across the political and other dimensions which impact on the existing laws," adds: "To be frank, on issues like this, I would tend only to go to Ashurst."

Work highlights

Advised AGL Energy on the conclusion of a AUD100 million core telecommunications services agreement with Telstra, covering WAN, LAN, internet, mobile and IP voice services. The mandate included coverage of AGL's network of offshore call centres and also addressed security and regulatory issues.

Advised Google on its responses to the findings of the ACCC's high-profile inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on competition in the media and advertising services markets.

Notable practitioners

Amanda Ludlow operates across the technology spectrum, with a particularly strong focus on technology-led innovation and digital infrastructure issues. A client singles her out as a "market-leading practitioner in her area who thinks of the business impacts and risks at the higher strategic level" and is further noted for "attention to detail and the client's needs."

Robert Todd is a 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 characterises him as "a solid leader who is very skilled at traversing and understanding his clients' needs and in delivering an output that simultaneously meets legal, policy and advocacy briefs."

Tim Brookes enjoys "an excellent reputation" in the telecommunications and IT spaces for his long experience and assured management of numerous major transactions and their accompanying regulatory aspects. Praised by one client as an adviser held "in high regard" for "the sensational work he has done for us," he is described by another as follows: "Tim’s individual strength is his depth of experience and a manner which allows him to handle complex transactions without getting flustered and without adding to the overall level of stress involved. One can rely on Tim simply to take on the challenge, get on with it and produce a good result without hassle."

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Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

Ashurst

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Level 11, 5 Martin Place

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

TMT: Information Technology


Amanda Ludlow
Band 3
Tim Brookes
Band 2

TMT: Media


Robert Todd
Band 2

TMT: Telecommunications


Tim Brookes
Band 2