Data-driven business

Data is one of our economy's most valuable assets. It is transforming how organisations operate and how they deliver products and services to consumers.

Data is also facilitating the creation of brand new business models where information has itself become the product. Organisations can no longer merely rely on their own generated data. In order to leverage more beneficial outcomes, they now source external data sets to achieve a broad range of commercial outcomes. This is the emerging data liquidity market.

To do this well, organisations need clear data strategies. But using data is complicated, encompassing high psychological and regulatory risk hurdles. Each form of data use case may raise new, challenging questions, and now more than ever, it is vital to maintain consumers' trust about the stewardship of data.

The challenge for organisations is to navigate this uncertain and evolving space where the rules of play are still being defined.


Thinking differently

How copyright can protect the value of your data

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to digital, opening up opportunities for creating and protecting the increasing volumes of data being generated. It is worth considering copyright as a potentially effective tool to preserve the commercial value of your datasets.

Risk e-business? Navigating the acceleration of your business online

From IT infrastructure considerations, and data collection to digital advertising and protecting your IP, our cross-disciplinary team explore the five key legal and regulatory considerations when creating or refreshing your digital offering.

Connected Infrastructure

Connected infrastructure - using sensors, intelligent systems and other technology to allow for real-time feedback for both governments and citizens - will be central to unlocking a sustainable future.

Global Fintech Year in Review 2019 and Year to Come 2020

Teams from 16 countries including Australia have summarised legal and commercial developments in the fintech space for 2019, and shared their top predictions for 2020.

Dealing with data: emerging trends in M&A transactions

Buyers and sellers who can recognise data assets and properly demonstrate how value can be extracted from them will be best placed for future M&A transactions.

Dealing with data: your M&A playbook

We offer tips to help in-house counsel and dealmakers navigate the data issues that arise in the context of mergers, acquisitions, demergers and investments to help maximise the value in these transactions. Learn more.

AI Toolkit: ethical, safe, lawful - a practical guide for AI projects

Clients are increasingly beginning to deploy AI tools and other algorithm based automated decision-making processes into their businesses. This raises a number of practical, legal and ethical challenges. Our AI toolkit helps you address those challenges.

Benefits over backlash - five steps to a fit-for-purpose data strategy

Recent data scandals and the consumer backlash against privacy intrusions call for data strategies built on three pillars: governance, ethical decision making and consumer transparency and control.

In conversation

Data has enormous potential, both positive and negative, which raises the extraordinary challenge of harnessing its power and value whilst mitigating the associated risks. Partner Michael Park sat down with Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford University, to discuss the intersection of these themes and the emerging trends around the world.

Jessica Mottau chats to Evan Walker, Director of the Smart Innovation Centre at Transport for NSW, about automated technologies for the transport sector, fostering private/public partnerships and understanding privacy obligations. 


Valeska Bloch caught up with Rachael at the Sydney event for the World Legal Summit to discuss her work at the CRC, the emerging cybersecurity trends they are focusing on and some of the challenges with the existing design of our regulatory frameworks.

Michael Park caught up with Professor Joseph Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, to discuss the UN's Big Data–Open Data consultation process. 

Working with our clients

Case Study: Data Republic

Data Republic's platform enables organisations to securely exchange data on a trusted and multi-lateral basis, by providing comprehensive legal, governance and licensing workflows for the sharing of data. It is backed by Westpac, NAB Ventures and Qantas, amongst others.

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Case study: MedicalDirector

MedicalDirector is a market-leading medical software and information provider that processes over 75 million patient consultations every year and equips healthcare providers with the latest technology, data, and content.

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