Sarah Romanous

Sarah has advised Commonwealth Government clients for over 8 years.

Sarah’s key area’s of expertise are government contracting and procurement, major projects, intellectual property, dispute resolution and technology, media and telecommunications. This includes advising on commercial transactions, covering information and communications technology contracts, as well major projects and capability acquisition and sustainment.

She has advised on a broad range of complex projects and strategic Commonwealth contracting issues, including risk allocation, indemnities, insurance, the financial framework, performance based contracting, IP, privacy and regulatory compliance issues.


Sarah’s experience includes advising:

  • Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group: Sarah has provided commercial and legal advice to the Commonwealth, and in particularly to the Department of Defence, on many major acquisition and sustainment projects, including air, maritime, land, communications, and joint projects. Most recently, Sarah has advised on the Defence Fuel Transformation Project, Joint Strike Fighter Program and various Explosives Material Branch acquisitions;
  • Commonwealth Government: Sarah has advised various Commonwealth Government departments and agencies on commercial and contractual matters and is highly experienced in: structuring and drafting contracts, licences, MOUs and inter-agency agreements and deeds; drafting and advising ICT contracting arrangements, including cloud and data room arrangements, software licences, hardware and software support/maintenance agreements, and system integrator contracts; conducting market research and multi-phased procurement processes both in sole source and competitive tendering environments; developing documentation for collaborative industry engagement processes, and offer definition and improvement processes; assessing and structuring contractual allocation of risk and liability; and evaluating tender responses, assessing non-compliance statements, preparing negotiation positions and conducting negotiations; and
  • Intellectual property: Sarah advises on complex IP arrangements (including IP ownership, IP rights and limitations, and IP planning and management) for major projects. She advises on the granting of IP rights and the scope of IP licences under contract provisions, including issues associated with software, technical documentation and third party rights.

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