Specialising in contracting and procurement law, Mathew has significant expertise in advising both public sector and private clients in a range of industries. 

With his focus specifically on telecommunications, intellectual property and pharmaceuticals, Mathew has acted on a variety of commercial agreements for Global Telecoms, while also drafting and providing advice on bespoke software agreements.

Mathew is qualified to practise law in Australia as well as being admitted to the courts of England and Wales. This gives Mathew an in-depth understanding into the potential legal issues clients may face  when dealing in multiple jurisdictions. Through his experience, Mathew has demonstrated a clear and trusted understanding of the Public Sector. 

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Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Global Telecoms Company: Mathew provided advice on network and commercial agreements as part of the proposed merger of the company's UK mobile network with another national network. 

Global Telecoms Company: Mathew provided advice on commercial arrangements associated with the purchase of a UK wireless broadband network, including negotiating MVNO arrangements.

Global Telecoms Company: Mathew advised in relation to an investigation by the UK communications regulator of service failures and potential regulatory penalties.

Global infrastructure client: Mathew advised in relation to commercial and regulatory aspects of UK broadcasting and mobile infrastructure.

Various investor clients: Mathew has extensive experience advising private equity and listed companies on commercial contracting and networking arrangements when acquiring telecommunications tower infrastructure, including on bids for stakes in:

  • a UK infrastructure operator;
  • edotco group in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Myanmar;
  • Mobile Telecommunications Company of Saudi Arabia (Zane);
  • Etihad Etisalat Company in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (Mobility);
  • Eaton Towers Holdings (including Bharti Airtel operations) in Ghana, Uganda; South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Niger; and
  • GO, a Maltese integrated telecoms company.

Sovereign telecoms company: Mathew provided advice on procurement of a new business support system for the operation of core 3G networks.

Australian Government clients: Mathew has provided advice over a number of years on various Australian Government telecommunications projects, including advising the AEC, Defence, Education, ASIC, and Centrelink on procurement of telecommunications services (voice, data and mobile).  He has also advised on network assets in the context of national backbone networks, data centres, LANs and dark fibre redundancy links

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Government Services

Australian Government clients: Mathew has provided advice over a number of years on various Australian Government telecommunications projects, including advising the AEC, Defence, Education, ASIC, and Centrelink on procurement of telecommunications services (voice, data and mobile).  He has also advised on network assets in the context of national backbone networks, data centres, LANs and dark fibre redundancy links.

CSIRO: Mathew worked for a number of years as part of the in-house legal team at CSIRO providing advice to their information sciences and IM&T teams on commercialisation and collaborative projects, as well as procurement and other contracting, focusing on the ICT sector.

Australian Government: Mathew has advised a number of agencies including Defence and the ATO in respect of various contracting and procurement relating to infrastructure projects, including expansion of port facilities, refurbishment of sites, and commercial arrangements for on-site catering services.

Australian Government: Mathew has advised on procurement and development of a biosecurity management system, including contractor and intergovernmental stakeholder negotiations and software licensing. 

Defence: Mathew advised on revisions to the Defence IP management policy and supporting guidance, including providing training on masters level courses to Defence personnel.

Treasury: Mathew has advised Treasury on legal risk management considerations and procurement of a systems integrator and other vendors, as part of establishing a standard online business reporting system to simplify reporting to the Australian Government and State Governments. 

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Intellectual Property

European banking consortium: Mathew advised a consortium of European banks in relation to software development and support agreements for a digital blockchain project.

CSIRO: Mathew worked for a number of years as part of the in-house legal team at CSIRO providing advice to its information sciences and IM&T teams, including on commercialisation and collaborative projects.  He provided extensive advice on software licensing, including in the context of open source software and risk management.

Private and government clients: Mathew has provided advice to various clients in the context of disputes over software licensing agreements, including advising on drafting and negotiation of settlement agreements.

Defence: Mathew advised on revisions to the Defence IP management policy and supporting guidance, including providing training on masters level courses to Defence personnel.

Australian Government: Mathew has often advised on crown copyright in government materials, including providing advice on photography collections and advising on licensing and management of rights. 

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Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Pharmaceutical clients: Mathew has drafted and advised extensively on contracts for manufacturing and distribution arrangements for a number of global pharmaceutical clients, as well as associated regulatory agreements for manufacturing approvals, drug safety and quality control.

Pharmaceutical clients: Mathew drafted and negotiated bespoke performance contracting arrangements for a global pharmaceutical company to amalgamate its European facilities management arrangements across 25+ jurisdictions.

Pharmaceutical clients: Mathew advised on a PaaS arrangement involving a third party supplier with an Amazon cloud hosted solution.

Pharmaceutical clients: Mathew provided advice to a global generics manufacturer in respect of disputes under manufacturing arrangements. 

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