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Expertise

Angela is a partner in Holding Redlich’s Corporate and Commercial group. Angela has over 20 years’ experience as a partner in private practice and in senior Australian Federal Government roles including roles as General Counsel and First Assistant Secretary at the Department of Communications and the Arts. She has broad commercial law expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters, with a focus on telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) as well as privacy and cyber security.

Angela is an Officer of the Communications Law Committee, International Bar Association. She is also a member of the Law Council of Australia, Media and Communications Committee and the Australian management committee for the International Institute of Communications.

Experience

In her time at Holding Redlich, Angela has acted in a broad range of matters, including acting for the following:

  • telecommunications companies in providing advice on regulatory compliance, including regarding spectrum licensing, carrier licensing, carrier powers and immunities and compliance with data retention requirements
  • other communications companies in advising on compliance with regulatory regimes, including content regulation, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) licensing requirements and other ACMA engagement
  • clients in making submissions to Government consultation processes and applying for Government grants
  • government agencies in investigations and regulatory enforcement
  • government agencies and corporates in negotiating telecommunications and IT services contracts
  • communications infrastructure suppliers in negotiating contracts for fixed line and mobile infrastructure delivery
  • corporates regarding compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act, including competition issues relating to telecommunications, technology and ad tech
  • corporates in establishing cyber security frameworks and privacy policies
  • corporates in providing advice regarding digital privacy issues.

Angela is listed in Who’s Who Legal as a Global Leader in Data 2020 - Telecoms & Media and as a leading Australian lawyer in Who’s Who Legal: Australia 2019.

Angela regularly publishes articles, including:

  • Australia’s Digital Platforms Inquiry:  will this lead to a revolution in the regulation of the internet?, Internet Law Bulletin, 2019, Vol 21, No. 9.
  • Open banking:  Australia’s consumer data right and the banking sector, Australian Banking & Finance Law Bulletin, 2019, Vol 35, No. 4
  • The right way? Australia's new 'consumer data right', Aug 2018, Digital Business Lawyer
  • Mobile Infrastructure Regulation in Australia: Is Light-Touch Regulation Appropriate?, Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law – 2018 26 AJCCL 33
  • Encrypted electronic communications: how will Australia regulate access? Jul 2017 publication description Practical Law (Thomson Reuters)
  • Australian Government proposals for open banking in Australia: promoting competition and innovation, 2017 Financial Services Newsletter (LexisNexis)
  • Australian Spectrum Reform: A more flexible framework for a valuable asset, 2017 International Bar Association Communications Law Committee Update.

Angela has also recently participated in the following conferences:

  • A panel discussion on “How ready is Australia for the next generation?” at the Annual 5G Business Summit held in Sydney on 25-27 June 2019
  • A panel discussion on “Public Broadcasting:  what’s going on – and what needs to happen?” as organised by the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Media Transition on 5 December 2018
  • Moderator of the panel “Antitrust, regulation and disruption – disruption in technology” at the 2019 Annual International Bar Association Communications and Competition Conference.

Publications

05 August 2020 - Knowledge

Hitting it out of the park: The ACCC’s draft News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The ACCC’s newly released proposed Mandatory Bargaining Code seeks to address concerns that Google and Facebook do not adequately compensate Australia’s traditional media companies for use of their content and the implications that this has for public interest journalism in Australia.

28 July 2020 - Knowledge

Australia’s controversial Assistance & Access Act: Review by Independent Monitor completed

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

In early July 2020 the Attorney-General tabled in Parliament the review undertaken by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor into Australia’s controversial Assistance & Access Act.

08 July 2020 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

The COVID-19 lockdowns and recent cyber-attacks have prompted Australian Governments to provide further support for cyber security initiatives

07 July 2020 - Knowledge

The importance of compliance with the Spam Act

#Data & Privacy

In light of recent action taken against Woolworths and Optus for breaches of the Spam Act, businesses should ensure they have processes and procedures in place to comply with this legislation.

20 May 2020 - Knowledge

Liability for breaches of Australia’s Privacy Act to increase but class actions unlikely to be supported

#Data & Privacy, #COVID-19

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has signalled an intent to increase regulatory action and the Government is likely in the short term to introduce reforms to increase the penalties under Australia’s privacy legislation, though it is unlikely those reforms will result in an increase in class actions.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Your data questions answered

#Data & Privacy, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Our data & privacy team set out a comprehensive Q&A that answers common questions relating to Australia’s national privacy regulatory framework and data-related issues.

21 April 2020 - Knowledge

Announcements from the Australian Government on media sector reforms

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #COVID-19

The Australian Government has announced a short term relief package, as well as progress on significant longer term regulatory reforms, for Australia’s media sector.

25 March 2020 - Knowledge

Discussion: The future of privacy regulation in Australia

#Data & Privacy

Tune into our latest analysis on the expected changes to Australia’s privacy regulatory landscape over 2020/21 in this webinar presented by partner Angela Flannery and senior associate Sarah Cass.

03 March 2020 - Knowledge

Next regulatory steps taken for Australia’s consumer data right

#Data & Privacy

The OAIC issued its CDR Privacy Safeguard Guidelines on 24 February 2020, which is one more regulatory step forward in the implementation of the Consumer Data Right.

17 February 2020 - Knowledge

Next steps for the ACCC in relation to digital platforms

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

We take an in depth look at the next steps for the ACCC in relation to its Digital Platforms Inquiry.

15 January 2020 - Knowledge

Australia’s merger control process: The outlook for 2020

#Competition & Consumer Law

We outline Australia's merger review laws and look at the likely approach of the ACCC to merger reviews in Australia this year.

30 October 2019 - Knowledge

The ACCC gets serious: First proceedings against Google following Digital Platforms Inquiry

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The final report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry noted that the ACCC was investigating the conduct of Google and Facebook in relation to a number of potential breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), including the Australian Consumer Law.

23 October 2019 - Knowledge

A blockbuster year for the media and communications sector

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

It has been a busy year in the Australian media and communications sector. There is the constant arguing over the National Broadband Network (NBN) – both between political parties and the telcos themselves – and a Federal election in the early part of the year saw the re-election of the Coalition Government, and a new Communications Minister, with new priorities for the sector.

19 August 2019 - Knowledge

HealthEngine: The intersection of privacy and consumer protection

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Data & Privacy

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has announced that it had commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Court against the online platform, HealthEngine Pty Ltd alleging that a number of its practices constitute misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

26 June 2019 - Knowledge

Is Australia ready for 5G: A new government and a new approach to spectrum regulation?

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Now that the dust has settled on the recent federal election, we take a look at where we are in relation to the roll out of 5G in Australia.

26 February 2019 - Knowledge

Blowing the whistle: New Commonwealth laws provide additional protections for Australian whistleblowers

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018, which has been passed by Australia’s Parliament but is yet to receive Royal Assent, expands and strengthens the protections for Australian whistleblowers seeking to expose corporate misconduct.

18 February 2019 - Knowledge

ACCC Chair’s insights: The Digital Platforms Inquiry

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry - a broad look at the impact of digital platforms like Facebook and Google on Australia’s media and advertising markets and the supply of journalism - has the potential to have wide-reaching ramifications on the communications sector.

15 January 2019 - Knowledge

Implications of the Digital Platforms Inquiry

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

As the sun was setting on 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released the hotly anticipated Preliminary Report on its Digital Platforms Inquiry.