Sophie Dawson

Sophie Dawson

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I'm a partner in our Sydney office and head of Bird & Bird's Disputes practice in Australia, where I specialise in media and technology advice and disputes, including data protection and publication laws.

I am a TMT Disputes partner with more than 23 years' experience. I enjoy working with clients to achieve their objectives.

Throughout my career, my practice has included IT&T and media disputes (including litigation, arbitrations and mediation), privacy, and communications law more generally. I enjoy and care about the law within my areas of expertise, and wrote 'Media & Internet Law & Practice' as a co-author with Paul Mallam and Jaclyn Moriarty. Particular areas of interest and expertise include defamation, media and IT IP issues, privacy, surveillance and cyber-security.

I am lucky to have had the privilege of working with great lawyers at client companies and within the firms that I have worked at. I have worked with (and continue to work with) leading media, internet, software and telecommunications companies in relation to interesting and strategic projects, including major disputes, and privacy and surveillance advices on serious projects and issues including in the healthcare sector. I have a great team of lawyers working with me, who are both skilled and enthusiastic within the areas in which we practise.

The Australian disputes team which I lead includes leading disputes lawyers who have expertise complementary to mine. Together we can support clients in relation to a broad range of contentious matters.

It is a real pleasure to co-operate on a daily basis with leading experts across the world in each of my fields. Together, we can think through global issues, and can see jurisdictional trends. I am an active member of Bird & Bird's global data protection, technology and communications, media, entertainment and sport and disputes teams. Each group shares expertise and matters on an organised basis. Our shared enthusiasm for our work and our clients makes this a highly enjoyable experience.

I have been lucky enough to be included as a leading lawyer in Best Lawyers since its inception in 2008, in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Legal500 and in Euromoney Women in Business Law. I am also pleased to be on a number of boards and committees, including the Advisory Board for the UTS Centre for Media Transition, the Communications and Media Association Executive Committee, and the National Standing Committee on the Digital Agenda. These committees enable me to work in teams across organisations and firms to share knowledge and support with the next generation of TMT lawyers.

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