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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
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6 Ranked Lawyers

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TMT: Media - Australia
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What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin fields outstanding practitioners in the IT and telecommunications spheres, with a wealth of transactional and regulatory experience on market-leading deals for key domestic and multinational industry clients across multiple industries in the public and private sectors. Notably active in the procurement of global IT solutions and SaaS outsourcing mandates and prominent in the emerging technologies market, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity and data protection. Additionally experienced in media regulation and content ownership, licensing and media buying work, including rights deals and commercial initiatives, and adept at assisting with privacy, digital piracy and simulcasting issues impacting on the provision of online media content. Further noted for corporate advisory and joint venture work for online, broadcast and print media companies and their owners. Key clients include Microsoft, Telstra and Transport for NSW.

Strengths

A client identifies Gilbert + Tobin as "a market leader in TMT," with "accessible, highly responsive partners who provide commercially relevant advice," and also observes: "The performance level across the firm is consistent: you feel you always get to the right person with the correct expertise, which doesn’t always happen elsewhere."

Another client reports: "I have always found Gilbert + Tobin to be commercial in their approach, while clearly telling clients where the risks are," adding: "They are very quick to respond and find solutions to issues that are often both novel and time-precious."

Work highlights

Gilbert + Tobin advised Calvary Healthcare on its 'My Home Hospital' joint venture with Medibank, a project created under a services agreement with the South Australian government to provide patients across the Adelaide area with virtual in-home hospital care through extensive use of remote monitoring technology.

Gilbert + Tobin acted for businessman and mining entrepreneur Tolga Kumova in Federal Court defamation proceedings brought against the operator of a social media account which featured a number of claims concerning the client, including allegations of involvement in insider trading and of misleading the share market.

Notable practitioners

Sheila McGregor is based in Sydney and offers exceptional experience in the handling of IT procurement mandates, particularly where state and Commonwealth government departments and agencies are concerned, and continues to advise on key mandates in this sphere. An interviewee describes her as "very well regarded at the strategic level."

Peter Waters retains his reputation as one of the leading experts across the full range of telecommunications issues, not only in Australia but also internationally. He continues to contribute the insights acquired in his many years' experience in the area to key practice mandates. He is based in Sydney.

Michael Caplan focuses closely on complex procurement and other contractual arrangements in the IT space and also advises extensively on transactional and data protection issues. Based in Sydney, he is noted for offering expertise covering both Australia and South-East Asia and focused expertise concerning disruptive and other innovative technologies.

Tim Gole is based in Sydney and offers extensive experience in the representation of high-profile clients, including major public sector bodies and leading financial services providers, on strategic IT outsourcing mandates. He is valued by clients, both for providing "clear, succinct and pragmatic advice which is tailored to meet both a business's needs and its risk profile," and, more specifically, for the "strong financial services sector experience" which makes him "very adept at dealing with the complexities of a highly regulated industry as they intersect with technology contracts."

Simon Burns is a Sydney-based IT specialist who stands out for his mastery of transactions conducted within the complex and still evolving regulatory environment of the digital and emerging technology space, being particularly familiar with the issues surrounding blockchain and emerging technology. A client characterises him as "a safe pair of hands who knows our business and what we need very well and provides value-add advice by raising practical and commercial issues."

Lesley Sutton is a well-regarded, Sydney-based practitioner in the IT space with extensive experience in the management of large-scale technology procurement projects, where she has often acted for both suppliers and customers in arrangements involving New South Wales or Commonwealth government bodies. A client notes that "her strengths are her expertise and her commerciality," while a market source calls her "a very, very good technology lawyer."

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TMT: Information Technology

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Sheila McGregor
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Senior Statespeople
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Michael Caplan
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Tim Gole
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Lesley Sutton
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Simon Burns
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TMT: Telecommunications

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Peter Waters
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Senior Statespeople