Media Release: Clayton Utz appoints digital transformation specialist Robert Dearn as a partner in Canberra

01 Jul 2022
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Respected digital, data and technology law specialist lawyer Robert Dearn has joined the Clayton Utz Public Sector practice as a partner, in Canberra.

Robert's primary focus is advising Commonwealth government clients on complex digital transformation projects and other high-profile government initiatives.  He has advised both Australian and US governments on major digital health projects and programs, as well as on the adoption of technology and data-driven products and services.

Robert also has strong private sector experience, advising on technology and data-driven projects, including the commercialisation of data, and tech and data issues arising in corporate transactions. He regularly advises clients on IP ownership and licensing, privacy and data protection issues, data sharing arrangements, strategic outsourcing and procurement, and regulatory compliance programs.

Robert said he was pleased to be joining a team that he has long admired as market-leading.

Clayton Utz has a well-deserved reputation as a trusted adviser to governments across Australia. I'm looking forward to joining the team in Canberra - which includes a number of former colleagues - and continuing to build on that reputation. 

Clayton Utz Chief Executive Partner Bruce Cooper said Robert was a welcome addition to our team.

Our clients will benefit from Robert's experience in successfully navigating the legal and regulatory issues associated with complex digital transformation projects.  With both governments and corporations continuing to focus on their digital transformation agendas, Robert's appointment is timely.

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