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October 20, 2020 | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM AEDT

Gilbert + Tobin
Virtual Office 

Practice Management and Business Skills

Overview (Program Summary)

There is a general consensus that data is valuable and will become increasingly valuable in business, trade, and our everyday lives. Businesses will continue to increasingly rely on in-house counsel as the first port of call to help them navigate these issues.

Corporate counsel are being confronted with the challenge of advising their businesses on data and digital issues when the legal environment surrounding the scope of these issues and how existing laws are enforced are dynamic and constantly changing.

The challenge is one not easily met.

In this panel, hosted in conjunction with ACC Australia, Gilbert + Tobin's experts will arm you with an understanding of recent issues and an operating framework to help you manage and advise on them.

Please note: If your company/organisation is deemed to be a competitor of the host organisation for this event, you may be excluded from attending this event. If you believe there may be a conflict or are uncertain, please enquire with ACC Australia.

This event occurs during AEDT (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne).


Rebecca Dunn

Rebecca Dunn, Partner - Gilbert + Tobin

Rebecca’s cases are at the cutting edge of IP and technology law, including matters involving issues relating to data protection and technology disputes. She has run a number of investigations into potential data breaches under the Privacy Act following cyber-attacks on major Australian companies, including an investigation resulting in one of the first large notifications to the Privacy Commissioner following the introduction of the new Notifiable Data Breach scheme under the Privacy Act. She has also been working on large scale technology licensing and implementation disputes, dispute resolution procedures and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, Rebecca continues to advise on issues relating to social media law, including defamation and consumer law issues.  Rebecca has an exceptional reputation for building strong relationships with clients and understanding their commercial imperatives and the role of litigation in achieving these.


Melissa Fai

Melissa Fai, Partner - Gilbert + Tobin

Melissa Fai is a data and privacy specialist who dedicates part of her practice to regularly advising clients on privacy and data protection compliance obligations and to considering how clients’ use of technology and data, and the commercialisation of data, may be structured to meet their legislative requirements and also the best commercial outcome. Melissa’s practice also involves advising on complex commercial and IT transactions, including business process outsourcings, procurement or supply transactions, and transformation projects.
Melissa is a current member of the Privacy and Data Law Committee of the NSW Law Society.


Peter Waters

Peter Waters, Consultant - Gilbert + Tobin

Peter specialises in communications and technology. Peter has worked on telco joint ventures, regulatory, interconnection, wholesale contracting, numbering, IP peering and spectrum licensing issues throughout the region. Peter has experience in complex structuring issues which require an understanding of the intersection between technical, regulatory, competition law and commercial issues. He has been involved in the establishment of large scale telecommunications and IT joint ventures, including the deployment of the world’s first large scale HFC local broadband network, in major telecommunications-related mergers in Asia Pacific and in Europe and 3G network deployment in Australia and Europe.


Andrew Low

Andrew Low, Lawyer - Gilbert + Tobin

Andrew is a senior lawyer with 10 years of experience. His practice is directed to providing complex advice and advocacy for clients in complex and high profile matters across each core area of the Competition and Consumer Act (including complex merger clearance, enforcement investigations, industry inquiries, and dispute resolution).

Andrew has a particular expertise in, and has contributed significant thought leadership to, digital issues for competition policy and regulation. He is also recognised and sought after by clients for his digital economy expertise. Such thought leadership is supported by in-depth commercial experience advising large tech companies.


Credits: 1.25pts
Category: Practice Management and Business Skills

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