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Bird & Bird

TMT

5 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Recognised for its expertise in corporate transactions for telecommunications companies and digital businesses. Expanding practice in fintech and developments in cloud technology and the related data protection issues. Advises technology and communications companies on leasing and licensing issues as well as data centre and mobile network expansions. Experienced in assisting clients with matters relating to satellite-based projects.

Strengths

A client who begins by identifying this as a team of "acknowledged field experts," providing "technically excellent legal support," goes on to observe: "The partners are approachable, responsive, and both aware of, and sensitive to, the commercial pressures in a large business organisation."

Another client stresses the team's provision of "timely advice," the fact that it is "experienced in working with in-house counsel, especially in the IT field," and its access to good coverage of the Asian market as key attributes.

Work highlights

Advised Connexeo on all aspects of its AUD50 million acquisition of TryBookings, an Australia-based provider of configurable software solutions to event organisers, not-for-profits and community and educational organisations.

Notable practitioners

IT and communications practice head Hamish Fraser advises clients participating in all areas of that sector on the full range of commercial, regulatory and intellectual property aspects of their operations, including major procurement and outsourcing mandates. One highly satisfied client sums him up as a "highly approachable, responsive, commercially astute and excellent communicator who brings to the table a brilliant balance of understanding of technology, commerciality and technical legal expertise."

In tandem with his role as the firm's Australian managing partner, Shane Barber advises prominently on telecommunications issues, acting for some of Australia's leading service providers in that sphere and offering especially well-honed expertise where the regulatory aspects of network rollout projects are concerned. A commentator on the sector observes: "He has a big profile there."

Sophie Dawson handles contentious issues across the media, IT and telecommunications spectrum, being particularly well known for her expertise in the areas of defamation, intellectual property and contractual disputes. A technology sector client who identifies her as the source of "the best legal advice I've had anywhere" also notes that "she knows the industry and its players really well," while another interviewee reports: "She has an excellent knowledge of media law, in particular the laws of defamation and privacy, is incredibly responsive and flexible, and has the ability to remain impeccably professional, polite and positive in any situation, even under immense pressure."

Thomas Jones is a highly experienced handler of telecommunications sector mandates, advising service providers on numerous aspects of the development of new projects. He is particularly well known for his mastery of regulatory issues.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

TMT: Information Technology


Hamish Fraser
Band 4
Sophie Dawson
Band 4

TMT: Media


Sophie Dawson
Band 3

TMT: Telecommunications


Shane Barber
Band 4
Thomas Jones
Band 3