DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Simpson Grierson

TMT

2 ranked lawyersBand 2New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Advises public and private sector clients on major IT and telecommunications projects, including outsourcing, procurement and network development. Further expertise in the technology aspects of major transport and infrastructure projects. Notable expertise in media issues such as privacy, censorship and defamation. Handles the creation and distribution of media content, with specialist capability in privacy and data protection. Well placed to guide clients through the implementation of new technology systems, including advising on the associated regulatory developments.

Strengths

The key advantage to one client of using this practice is the fact that "the advice is detailed but clear, and does not require any further clarification or explanation. This allows me to meet deadlines and provide efficient, clear advice to my organisation." The same source also stresses that "the team knows the history of our organisation, so we don't have to provide explanations for our instructions."

Another client reports: "I found the people I dealt with to be very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers who offer sound advice and tactics."

Work highlights

Advised the Fiji National Provident Fund, a compulsory superannuation scheme with over 400,000 members, on contractual arrangements underpinning a comprehensive overhaul of its IT infrastructure, including the introduction of new data storage, security and back-up and recovery measures.

Notable practitioners

Karen Ngan co-heads the team, focusing closely on the representation of both users and suppliers on technology procurement and regulation mandates. A client who "would highly recommend her" calls her "knowledgeable and experienced, very thorough in her work and output, and a pleasure to deal with."

Team co-head Michael Sage acts principally on technology infrastructure issues, regularly advising on collaborative ventures, contractual arrangements and regulatory issues in that space. He is especially experienced in the handling of such mandates on behalf of clients from the e-commerce and life sciences sectors.

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Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)


Karen Ngan
Band 2
Michael Sage
Senior Statespeople