Baker McKenzie

TMT Department

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What the team is known for Membership of a full-service, global network supports deep expertise in the handling of regulatory, contractual and disputes matters for prominent international technology companies and telecommunications providers and the implementation of multi-jurisdictional privacy, data protection and cybersecurity solutions. The practice also offers specialised telecoms infrastructure project, e-commerce and online communications knowledge and is adept at advising clients on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters. The media team, in addition to hosting a well-regarded defamation practice, acting for significant international entrants and established Australian publishers and news groups, advises on media industry M&A transactions and the establishment of new online content delivery arrangements, including online copyright issues.

Strengths A client from the IT and telecommunications sector speaks of a team made up of "excellent people to work with" with "technical expertise in key areas and a can-do mindset which means that they listen and respond to requirements and are willing to innovate."

A media sector client reports: "All the professionals we have dealt with have proved excellent, typically having a highly commercial and therefore practical approach without compromising the quality of the legal work."

Notable practitioners

Practice head
Adrian Lawrence
advises clients on major transactional, product launch and partnership arrangements, bringing to his work the insights of a published authority on the law relating to digital and online matters. A client values him as an adviser who complements the attributes of an "excellent black letter lawyer" with "a deep understanding of business and a sensible commercial focus."

More than one interviewee identifies
Andrew Stewart
as being particularly "well regarded in the media space" and commanding a significant level of respect among in the market as one of that sphere's busiest practitioners. Notable for the extremely varied range of media organisation he acts for, he offers especially focused expertise in the areas of defamation and copyright enforcement.

Anne-Marie Allgrove
stands out for her expertise in the handling of transformational technology mandates, including both internal systems developments and outsourcings, and also advises on a comprehensive range of associated regulatory and security issues. One client acclaims her as a "very client-focused and proactive technical specialist with great stakeholder management skills." Another simply reports: "She's been outstanding."