Robert Dearn

Clayton Utz
Partner Canberra

Rob's guidance through the contract drafting and negotiation process eased what might otherwise have been a more challenging undertaking… His measured and determined approach allowed a swift conclusion to contract negotiations and was outstanding.

– Commonwealth Government client


An experienced commercial lawyer specialising in complex and high-value digital transformation projects for public sector clients. Rob's practice has a particular focus on large government contracting and procurement projects, strategic services outsourcing arrangements, technology projects, and data commercialisation.

Notable Work
  • Australian Electoral Commission: advising on its system modernisation and transformation program.
  • Department of Home Affairs: advising on a range of technology and strategic procurement projects.
  • State of Western Australia: advising on the technology and IP components of its $1.41 billion partial commercialisation of the Western Australian Land Information Authority.
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations: advising on major outsourcing arrangements to support skills portfolio programs.
  • Department of Defence: advising on the procurement of health services for Defence personnel across Australia.
  • US Government: advising on the implementation of its health information interoperability roadmap, including drafting regulations on open APIs, information blocking, and privacy and security policies.
  • Private sector clients: assisted in the commercialisation of data assets, including advising on and negotiating data services agreements and data licensing agreements.
  • Private sector clients: advising on procuring novel marketing services, such as mobile marketing engagement platforms and programmatic digital advertising services.
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