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Clayton Utz

TMT

3 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Clayton Utz is noted in the IT and telecommunications space for its deep industry knowledge and frequent engagement by significant blue-chip clients on business process outsourcing, data and security matters. Handles transactional matters for critical IT services in the financial and government sectors, including infrastructure procurements and migrations to new technologies, and maintains an impressive client base in the telecoms sphere, advising on everything from joint venture arrangements to access and interconnection agreements between carriers and service providers. Also fields prominent media ownership and broadcasting rights expertise, particularly well honed in the sporting field, and a well-regarded transactional practice, advising on strategic acquisitions and tie-ups. Additionally provides full support on regulatory issues and is well placed to access complementary expertise on IP and competition matters. Key clients include nbn, Nova Entertainment and Reserve Bank of Australia.

Strengths

A client reports: "Clayton Utz have subject matter experts who understand technology, 'speak the lingo' and get up to speed really quickly with what we are trying to achieve on any project. They understand the TMT market really well, and how projects are done at a practical level, which lets them get to the heart of an issue really quickly, identify the key risks and suggest practical ways of dealing with them. On top of that, they provide us with technically excellent legal advice."

Another client particularly appreciates the firm's provision of "experts in the drafting and negotiation of all forms of procurement agreements," and also says: "Clayton Utz provide a service that demonstrates the highest standard of delivering legal advice quickly and in a way that the client can easily understand. They also demonstrate a consistent ability to apply a strategic approach to their service that gives the client an advantage in the market."

Work highlights

Clayton Utz acted for Singtel Optus across a wide and varied range of contentious issues, including contractual disputes in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Victoria and copyright infringement-related Federal Court proceedings.

Clayton Utz represented media monitoring organisation Isentia in Copyright Tribunal of Australia proceedings arising from the client's contention that the terms under which the Copyright Agency grants it a licence are unreasonable.

Notable practitioners

Geoff Hoffman is an experienced, Sydney-based transactional lawyer with a particularly strong focus on telecommunications sector deals. A client who describes him as "a highly commercial lawyer whose understanding of our way of thinking translates into his advice and the documents he prepares," adds: "He is a very trusted pair of hands and we would not hesitate to go to him again."

Ken Saurajen is based in Sydney and acts for both public and private sector bodies on strategic technology and procurement projects, notably including those exploiting emerging technologies. Also a frequent adviser on software development, licensing and support issues, he is engaged by clients from a wide range of industries, but is particularly well known for his work in the financial services sector. A client values his provision of "broad expertise on the most complex and innovative transactions and agreements."

Simon Newcomb specialises in the handling of technology transactions, being particularly well known for his work on behalf of public sector clients at local, state and Commonwealth government level. An experienced, Brisbane-based manager of complex procurement and outsourcing mandates, he is also well-versed in cybersecurity issues. Clients appreciate him, not only as a "responsive and very knowledgeable practitioner," but also as one who "works well with non-lawyers."

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Australia

TMT: Information Technology


Ken Saurajen
Band 2
Simon Newcomb
Band 3

TMT: Telecommunications


Geoff Hoffman
Band 4