John specialises in technology and intellectual property law, and general commercial law. His expertise covers IT systems and cloud services, outsourcing, telecommunications and media. He advises clients on privacy and data security, the Internet (including social media) and electronic payments. Copyright and content licensing, advertising, trade marks and branding are particular areas of specialisation.
John also advises on general corporate and commercial matters, such as sales and purchases of businesses, joint ventures and all forms of commercial alliances.
John acts for government entities, banks, IT suppliers and companies in all the major sectors of the Australian economy, including financial services, retailing, construction, energy and resources, healthcare, entertainment, telecommunications, education and social services.
John has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Outsourcing Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Telecommunications Law. Additionally, John was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Outsourcing Law in Best Lawyers™ Australia 2018 edition. He is recognised for his IT expertise in the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide, and Doyle’s Guide names John as a Recommended lawyer for Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law in New South Wales. Chambers and Partners (Global) has consistently recognised John as a Leading Lawyer (from 2008 through to 2017) as a leading lawyer in TMT: Information Technology.
John’s recent experience includes acting for:
- Government: Federal and NSW government departments on the procurement of IT systems and cloud services, including a data marketplace platform that enables the use and analysis of data held by the NSW government;
- Diageo: The media services agreement with a global media agency for all Diageo brand advertising in Australia;
- Australia’s largest independent data analytical consulting firm: The development of new data products and a range of “big data” projects;
- Australia’s major banks: The setting up of electronic payment services for the bank’s merchant and retail customers, negotiating credit and debit card issuing arrangements and drafting contracts for the procurement of core banking systems;
- Internationally-recognised Australian fashion label: Contracts for the manufacturing of garments in China;
- Royal Guide Dogs: The national rebranding of the Australian and state guide dogs associations; and
- Technology innovators: From start-ups to established hi-tech companies, advising on the protection and commercialisation of new technologies and business methods.