Shane Barber

Shane Barber

Managing Partner Australia


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

Shane is the managing partner of Bird & Bird in Australia, the lead partner of the firm’s Australian Corporate Law practice, and a key member in the firm’s Media Law and Tech & Comms sectoral groups. He enjoys a high profile in the Australian legal industry and has over 30 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. A former corporate counsel to the Optus group, Shane advises on complex issues such as telecommunications interception, data storage and convergence 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 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.

Over many years, Shane has been recognised in various international publications such as Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Chambers Asia Pacific, Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500.

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