Hamish is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading information, communications and technology lawyers.
Hamish is the lead partner of our Australian IT and Communications practices, based in Sydney.
He is a prominent contributor to public policy discussion in industry and mainstream press, as a result of his extensive practice in convergence, social media, privacy and data protection issues. His clients in these areas are at the cutting edge of legal and regulatory developments in the region.
Hamish also advises on commercial issues and regulatory matters for clients engaged in all facets of the information, communications and technology industries, including intellectual property protection, licensing and distribution, confidentiality, e-commerce, security, IT procurement and outsourcing. Hamish has also acted in patent, copyright and trade mark cases before the Supreme Court and Federal Court.
In addition to law, he has a degree in engineering and has worked extensively in the communications and technology industries. Hamish previously held a senior legal role at Australia’s number two telecommunications carrier, Optus.
While at Optus, Hamish was involved in negotiating all facets of large scale telecommunications supply and acquisition agreements and was also the key lawyer responsible for the firm-wide procurement function.
He was also regularly involved on regulatory issues and industry code development. He was responsible for managing the resolution of a high profile dispute between Optus and Telstra regarding a longstanding wholesale arrangement with Telstra. He spent a year on an internal secondment to the national Managing Director of Optus Business.