DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

4 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
chambers review
department information
Ranked Lawyers
chambers review
department information
Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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.

What the team is known for

Full-service practice, handling a broad range of corporate, contentious and advisory mandates for a stable of local and international clients. Adept at supporting large technology companies on new product launches, telecommunications providers on regulatory compliance issues and cloud computing providers, social media networks and major e-commerce players on data privacy questions. Also noted for its handling of data breach and cybersecurity matters and large-scale IT system upgrades and outsourcings. Additionally combines an established defamation practice with advice on joint ventures, acquisitions and commercial agreements in the media space, and noted for its expertise concerning digital streaming launches.

Strengths

A client who notes that "Corrs will be our first choice for legal matters" going forward, explains: "The firm has a deep commercial understanding across technology and was able to leverage this knowledge through some tense negotiations during our transaction. The responsiveness of the firm is also superb and key when trying to finalise a deal."

Another client, who describes Corrs as "one of the top firms I deal with," adds that team members are "renowned as experts in the fields of media and defamation."

Work highlights

Advised Vodafone on the conclusion of a AUD1.5 billion deal with Nokia underpinning its development of a 5G mobile network and the retirement of the existing 4G network.

Advised CBS International Television on regulatory compliance issues attending the operation of its Ten All Access streaming service, including content classification and consumer law considerations.

Notable practitioners

Practice head James North is characterised by a telecommunications sector client as "in a class of his own and an outstanding lawyer who combines exceptional legal skills with a practical and commercial approach," the same source adding that "his genuine passion, initiative and commitment helps to deliver important projects every time." Particularly well known for his work on behalf of leading Australian telecoms carriers, he is active on transactional and contentious mandates across the IT and telecoms spectrum.

Philip Catania advises authoritatively on technology questions, being dual-qualified in both law and computer science, and is particularly well known for his handling of large-scale outsourcing mandates and data privacy questions. A client who calls him "one of our go-to people" says of him: "He is very knowledgeable in the space, very on point on all the issues, very insightful and able to provide high-level advice which always brings out the options to take."

Richard Leder stands out for his involvement in some of Australia's highest-profile defamation cases and also advises extensively on regulatory issues in the media sphere. "His main strength," says one client, "is his efficient, no-nonsense approach. He knows the importance of speedy decision-making in the area of media advice and I trust his judgement when the pressure is on."

Department Information

info This Department has not yet supplied any additional information.
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

firm
Department location

Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8-12 Chifley Square, NSW 2000

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

2000

View Firm Profile

Ranked Lawyers

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


James North
Band 4
Philip Catania
Band 1

TMT: Media


Richard Leder
Band 2

TMT: Telecommunications


James North
Band 1