Shane Barber

Shane Barber

Managing Partner


Shane is recognised as one of Australia’s leading communications and media lawyers.

Shane is the managing partner of Bird & Bird in Australia. Prior to this, Shane was managing partner of leading technology law firm Truman Hoyle. He led the firm through its transition to full merger with Bird & Bird in November 2014.

During his role as managing partner of Truman Hoyle the firm was twice named Australian Law Firm of the Year in the first three years of his tenure.

Shane is the lead partner of the firm’s Australian Corporate Law group and one of the key partners in the firm’s Tech & Comms and Media groups. He enjoys a high profile in the Australian legal industry and has over 25 years’ experience acting for some of Australia’s major corporations in the knowledge economy sectors.

As well as being a key legal and regulatory advisor for two of the country’s four leading telecommunications carriers and numerous carriage service providers, he has advised many peak industry groups around the world, including in South Africa, Israel, and New Zealand. Recently he and his team were responsible for drafting and coordinating Australia’s key industry consumer regulatory instrument, the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code, for Communications Alliance (funded by the Australian Government). Shane advises on complex issues such as telecommunications interception, data storage and convergence issues generally.

He is widely recognised as one of the region’s pre-eminent network rollout legal and regulatory specialists and is currently advising on two of the most significant key network rollout projects in Australia, being the rollout of the wireless elements of the new National Broadband Network and the national infill project for Vodafone (in its joint venture with Optus).

Shane also conducts a busy corporate practice, including undertaking mergers and acquisitions, fundraising (including IPOs), capital markets advisory work and corporate regulatory advice. Many of the clients serviced in this part of the practice are significant national and international organisations in new economy industries, increasingly in relation to ecommerce enterprises in the advertising and travel and leisure industries.

Shane has twice served as President of Australia's Communications and Media Law Association and is a former editor of the Communications Law Bulletin.

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