About Me

I'm head of Bird & Bird's Dispute Resolution practice in Australia and specialise in media and technology advice and disputes.

My work has included complex IT&T disputes including in relation to software projects, and intellectual property issues. This work includes acting for leading computer games publishers in relation to unauthorised game mods.

I have acted for leading media companies over more than two decades in defamation, copyright and other disputes. I regularly provide pre-publication advice to media and internet clients.
Privacy is a key part of my practice. I have assisted high profile clients with submissions in relation to each of the privacy law reform processes since 2000, including the current reform processes. I regularly support clients who have suffered data breaches, including as part of the Bird & Bird cross-border team which supports clients across national borders. We also regularly advise on privacy compliance, including in the specialist media and cloud computing contexts. I am also experienced in advising on surveillance law compliance.

I am listed as a leading lawyer in Doyles, in Best Lawyers since its inception in 2008, in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and in Euromoney Women in Business Law. I am co-author of Thomson Reuter's Media & Internet Law & Practice.


  • The Australian National University, BEc/LLB, Economics, Law


  • Law Society of New South Wales, Australia in 1995
  • Australian Capital Territory in 1994
  • Commonwealth in 1994
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'Sophie Dawson provides outstanding advice and guided her team in a highly professional manner. Sophie has an excellent eye for detail and provides high quality advice within tight time frames.'

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2020

Ranked as pre-eminent TMT Lawyer

Doyles for NSW 2022

Ranked in Best Lawyers 2008-2021

Best Lawyers Australia

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