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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 the Asia Pacific Regional Forum Liaison Officer and Website 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 named as both a ‘Thought Leader – Data 2019’ and a ‘Global Leader – Telecoms & Media 2019’ 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

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.

12 December 2018 - Knowledge

Changes to Australian law to block offshore pirate websites take effect

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2018 (Cth) commenced on 11 December 2018. This article considers some of the practical implications of this new Act.

19 November 2018 - Knowledge

New Australian law to provide further protections for copyright owners to block offshore pirate websites

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Since 2015 copyright owners have been able to obtain injunctions under Australia’s Copyright Act to block offshore pirate websites. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill will, if passed, amend that regime to improve its effectiveness.

31 October 2018 - Knowledge

Next steps for Australia’s Assistance & Access Bill

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The controversial Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 was introduced in the Australian Parliament on 20 September 2018 and immediately sent to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for further consideration.

22 October 2018 - Knowledge

Australia’s Consumer Data Right: Are we heading in the right direction?

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The introduction of 'open banking’, that is, the Consumer Data Right (CDR) regime applicable in the banking sector, was announced as part of the 2017-18 Australian Government Budget.

11 September 2018 - Knowledge

Foreign owners of interests in media companies required to notify under new Australian law

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

From 1 September 2018, any foreign person with an interest of 2.5 per cent or more in an Australian media company must notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

21 August 2018 - Knowledge

ACCC’s proposed changes to Australia’s regime for access to telco facilities

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has, as permitted in accordance with Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Telco Act, implemented a Facilities Access Code, which first took effect in 1999 setting out both operational and administrative procedures...

15 August 2018 - Knowledge

What changes are occurring in Australia’s telco consumer protection regulatory regime?

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The telecommunications services that are available to Australian consumers are many and varied, reflecting rapid and ongoing changes in technology. This article looks at the question of whether Australia’s telecommunications consumer safeguards regulatory framework provides adequate and appropriate protections in this changing landscape.

09 May 2018 - Knowledge

Holding Redlich’s expert guide to the 2018 federal budget

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Our experts analyse the key budget announcements and outline the essential takeaways for business in areas including transport, superannuation & financial services, construction & infrastructure, property, technology, media & communications, workplace relations, immigration, planning & environment, and taxation. 

12 March 2018 - Knowledge

5G rollin’ on

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

On 8 March 2018, the Government took one step forward in the march towards the rollout of 5G networks in Australia, announcing that 125 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band, which is a key band..

05 February 2018 - Knowledge

Open data in the telco sector - soon to be a reality?

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

2018 is likely to be an interesting year for regulation of the Australian communications sector with, amongst a myriad of other initiatives, the Government scheduled to finalise its re-write of Australia’s radiocommunications legislation...