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Technology & Digital

New Zealand businesses face constant pressure to respond, adapt, and embrace the opportunities that technology and digital transformation present. The rate of change and speed at which digital technologies are disrupting traditional business models and our everyday lives requires agility and responsiveness to meet customer expectations and counter competitive threats, while also managing compliance and risk.

Tompkins Wake regularly advise clients on technology-related issues, including data protection, privacy, outsourcing, supply agreements, and intellectual property protections, as well as providing more general commercial advice. Our focus on emerging and disruptive technologies and their impact includes Artificial Intelligence, cloud storage, the Internet of Things, blockchain and cybersecurity.

Our work has included major technology and telecommunication projects, and technology transactions including procurement and negotiation of complex IT outsourcing and project agreements.

We employ a multi-disciplinary approach across the firm, ensuring clients have access to a team of experts to advise on:

  • Privacy and data protection
  • Government regulation
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate and commercial advice
  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

We have also looked at how we can realise the benefits of technology in our business. Named in the 2019 New Zealand Innovative Law Firms rankings for our pro-active and responsive approach to client service and our ability to think outside the square, Tompkins Wake works with our clients to explore and realise the benefits of digital transformation.

Examples of our work:

  • Advising WEL Networks and negotiated key agreements on its joint venture with the Crown to build the communications fibre network in the Central North Island.
  • Advising WEL Networks on the $189 million buyout of Waikato Networks from Crown Fibre Holdings.
  • Advising Ultrafast Fibre Limited on its contracting and project agreements.
  • Advising Gallagher on its distribution agreements, including advising on the complex restructure of high-security distribution agreements across Australia.
  • Preparation of a suite of agreements for Gallagher for a new security solution, including customer facing agreement and back-end subcontracting agreements.

Areas of expertise:

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Drone Law
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Technology
  • Privacy Act
  • Regulatory Compliance and Constraints
  • Technology Commercialisation
  • Telecommunications
  • Medical and Health
  • Cybersecurity Law
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Privacy Law
  • Gaming Development

Technology & Digital team

Mark Renner


Phil Taylor


Mark Lowndes

Special Counsel

Robert Bycroft

Special Counsel

Tabs Rauf

Senior Associate

Joseph Bracewell