Bird & Bird strengthens its Dispute Resolution practice with the hire of Julie Cheeseman as a partner in Sydney

International law firm Bird & Bird today grows its Dispute Resolution practice with the appointment of Julie Cheeseman as a partner in Sydney.

Julie joins the firm from Ashurst where she has been special counsel since 2018. She specialises in TMT disputes covering a variety of technologies and complex implementations including billing, inventory management, customer management and e-Health systems as well as satellite and cable transmission networks. She regularly analyses complex IT supply contracts and advises customers and suppliers on liability matters.

Julie has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution techniques (e.g. negotiation and mediation) working alongside her clients’ executive and commercial teams. She advises public and private sector clients with respect to Australia’s privacy legislation drafting privacy policies and data breach response plans and has delivered seminars and training to clients on Australia’s notifiable data breach regime.

In addition to Julie’s technology and data protection experience, for the last 10 years she has regularly provided pre-publication advice to editors, journalists and producers in relation to print, digital and film publications.

Shane Barber, head of the Sydney office at Bird & Bird comments: “We’re delighted to have Julie join us in the Sydney office at Bird & Bird. Julie is well known in the Australian TMT market for her in-depth knowledge of digital projects and impressive track-record in litigation. She is an asset to the team and I look forward to her arrival!

Sophie Dawson, head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Sydney at Bird & Bird says: “I’m looking forward to having Julie in our team. She is an excellent lawyer and a great person. Her addition will further add to the considerable bench strength of Bird & Bird’s Sydney office in the areas of media law and tech disputes.

Sophie Eyre and Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, co-heads of the international Dispute Resolution practice at Bird & Bird add: “Julie’s experience in TMT disputes will be a real bonus to our international Dispute Resolution offering. At Bird & Bird, she will be working closely with our global team to grow our Dispute Resolution practice and enhance our reputation in key areas including arbitration and investigations. Welcome to the team Julie!

Julie herself says: “I’m thrilled to be joining such an innovative, tech-focused firm like Bird & Bird. With a truly global offering and structure, I’m excited to work with colleagues across sector and practice groups and contribute to the collaborative working dynamic of the cutting-edge disputes team in Sydney.

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