Rebecca Sandford

Rebecca is an experienced member of the litigation team at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Her practice has a particular focus on intellectual property and technology law, competition and consumer law, media law, privacy law and contractual disputes.

Rebecca has advised clients in relation to commercial dispute resolution and regulatory matters in all sorts of industries, including automotive, building and construction, energy and resources, information technology, agriculture, wine, health and government. Her clients range from individuals and small businesses to large corporations and public or governmental bodies.

Rebecca’s experience includes providing risk management advice to clients seeking assistance with intellectual property and brand protection issues, as well as advising in relation to ACCC and ASIC investigations and proceedings and in relation to various authorisations and notifications. Rebecca also advises on defamation claims for various individuals and organisations, including defending claims against major media organisations and advising in relation to the impact of social media, and on privacy law issues and freedom of information requests.

Rebecca is the President-Elect of the Law Society of South Australia and will be President during 2021. She chairs the Society’s Legal Technology Committee and sits on a number of other regulatory and special interest committees for the Society, was an inaugural member of the Flinders University Law School Board of Advisors and served on that board from 2017 to 2020, and has sat on boards and committees for not-for-profit organisations including Spence Club Inc, the Women Lawyers Association South Australia and YWCA Adelaide. Rebecca has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law nationally in 2020 and was included in the 12th and 13th Editions of Best Lawyers™ Australia for Litigation. She was a finalist for the Law Society of South Australia’s Gray Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017, and was nominated for the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2017.


Rebecca’s experience includes advising:

  • The SA Government in relation to the competition law aspects of the $1.605 billion commercialisation of the State’s lands titling and valuation services;
  • Various clients in relation to defamation matters including claims arising from electronic publications and social media;
  • Universities on a range of issues including IP and privacy matters;
  • National and International businesses in relation to trade mark, copyright and patent disputes and proceedings;
  • National media networks including News Corp and Seven Network in relation to defamation proceedings and pre-publication matters;
  • Various clients including local councils in relation to Freedom of Information requests and related privacy law matters; and
  • Government departments and agencies in relation to competition and consumer law issues including competitive neutrality concerns.

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