Joshua Messing

Josh is one of Australia’s leading technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) lawyers. Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, Josh worked for Herbert Smith Freehills and Minter Ellison and has been a trusted advisor to many national and international organisations for business critical projects.

Josh has extensive experience in advising on the legal aspects of IT, telecommunications and general outsourcing and procurement projects across a wide range of industries, including energy and resources, real estate, telecommunications, financial services and broadcasting.

Josh also works closely with our corporate lawyers on mergers, acquisitions and floats. He supports the corporate team by assisting clients to gain an understanding of the technologies and systems used by the relevant businesses and the operational and value impacts of separation or integration of those businesses.

Josh has been recognised by Best LawyersTM Australia in information technology law, outsourcing law and telecommunications law and by Chambers and Partners in information technology law. He is also known by his clients for his innovative approaches to resolving complex problems and bridging the gap between ‘commercial’ and ‘legal’.


Josh’s experience includes advising:

  • NSW Government agencies, including Transport for NSW and the New South Wales Government Telecommunications Authority in relation to core procurement activities relating to IT, telecommunications and outsourcing;
  • Stockland in relation to multiple IT procurement projects for business critical systems including SAP;
  • Cushman & Wakefield in relation to core IT, telecommunications and outsourcing arrangements throughout the South-East Asian region;
  • CBRE in relation to critical outsourcing arrangements throughout the South-East Asian region;
  • Uniting NSW.ACT in relation to various core IT and telecommunications procurement activities;
  • Westpac in relation to its core panel arrangements for consulting services;
  • South Australian Government in relation to its Land Services Commercialisation project;
  • DP World in relation to a critical IT procurement activity;
  • Ausgrid for over 8 years on all major TMT transactions, including major system and infrastructure procurement and upgrade projects, business critical outsourcing arrangements and data centre agreements; and
  • BHP on the separation of South32 from the BHP Billiton Group and other key global procurement activities;

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