Simon Newcomb

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

[Simon is] my trusted adviser and sounding board for creating both commercial and legal negotiation strategies, approaches, positions and tactics... I have worked extensively across the globe with many different lead lawyers and firms and I would not hesitate to recommend or personally work with Simon Newcomb and Clayton Utz on another big, complex outsourcing transaction.

– Client Quote

Recognised as one of Australia's leading technology lawyers, Simon advises on complex matters involving digital technologies. His legal expertise centres on technology procurement and contracts, telecommunications, intellectual property, privacy, data protection and cyber security. He has dual qualifications in law and computer science. Simon has a special interest in AI and leads the firm's working group on AI. He is also a member of the firm's national Cyber Security Board.
Notable Work
  • Reserve Bank of Australia: acting on most of the technology programs underpinning the Australian financial system since 2013.
  • Major road infrastructure projects: lead technology lawyer for the Queensland Government (Airport Link, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, QML sale), Brisbane City Council (CLEM7, Go Between Bridge, Legacy Way), and NSW Government (WestConnex, Sydney Harbour Bridge/Tunnel upgrade). Advised on technology aspects of the project agreements; intelligent transport and tolling systems; interoperability; tolling; vehicle data; trade marks and marketing.
  • Cross River Rail Delivery Authority: acted for the Authority (delivering a A$5 billion rail project) on the technology aspects of its major infrastructure contracts; a European Train Control System (ETCS) for digital signalling; and a "digital twin" modelling system.
  • NSW and Queensland Governments: acted to establish whole of government arrangements for SAP software.
  • Business transformation programs: acted in some of Australia's largest SAP ERP-enabled business transformation programs including for TfNSW, NSW Department of Education and Brisbane City Council. These programs involved procuring systems integration, business transformation & change services, operation & maintenance services and ERP software and SaaS from SAP.
  • University: advised one of Australia's top universities on the legal impact of artificial intelligence on its research program.
  • Brisbane Airport Corporation: advised on the privacy aspects of biometric departure control.
  • Queensland Health: acted on its COVID-19 Vaccination Management System.
  • University of Queensland: drafted the template Cooperative Research and Development agreement.
  • Department of Health (Northern Territory): acted on implementing an Electronic Health Record.
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