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Georgia Milne

BA, LLB (Hons), GDLP

Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Corporate & Commercial Law, Data & Privacy, Mergers and Acquisitions

Expertise

Georgia is a corporate and commercial lawyer, advising clients across a diverse range of sectors, from fintechs, advertising, information technology and e-service providers to primary industries, government agencies, and peak representative bodies.

Georgia’s areas of expertise and practice focus on corporate governance, privacy and data law, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial contracting and transactions.

Experience

Georgia’s recent experience includes:

Mergers and acquisitions

  • advising a national stevedoring operator in the due diligence, negotiation, acquisition, and sale of a stevedoring company
  • advising a national construction hire business on their acquisition by a US-based conglomerate
  • advising a global recruitment corporation on the due diligence, negotiation, and acquisition of a national recruitment services company
  • advising a national agribusiness on the sale and acquisition by a foreign-based agribusiness group.

Privacy and data law

  • advising various clients on data breaches, mandatory reporting, and privacy obligations
  • advising on and drafting commercial agreements for compliance with EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • drafting privacy policies and supporting internal policies and procedures to assist organisations to manage their privacy and data protection obligations.

Corporate Governance

  • advising national and state industry representative bodies on corporate governance, directors’ duties, regulatory compliance, internal restructures, and stakeholder management
  • assisting a global software company on an Australian corporate restructure and transitional arrangements
  • assisting a Singapore based private equity fund in the acquisition and structuring of Australian investment interests
  • advising private companies on corporate restructures, joint ventures, share buy-backs, and financial assistance.

Commercial

  • advising on, negotiating and drafting commercial agreements for the supply of goods and services including software, e-services, management and consultancy services, equipment hire, and referral agreements 
  • advising on consumer law compliance
  • advising on confidentiality and non-disclosure arrangements, contract disputes, and termination.

Membership

International Association of Privacy Professionals

NSW Society for Computers and the Law

NSW Law Society

Publications

07 December 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

Following the 2022 review, the Department of Premier & Cabinet has released M2022-07, which provides updated – and in places mandatory – guidance to harmonise grants administration processes across government.

15 November 2022 - Knowledge

A jump in penalties for competition and consumer law breaches and the unfair contracts regime expanded

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Recent changes to Australian competition and consumer laws mean penalties have now increased from $10m to $50m, in what the ACCC calls “a strong deterrent message”

04 July 2022 - Knowledge

Samsung fined $14 million for misleading water resistance claims

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The electronics company has been fined millions after admitting it breached consumer law and misled consumers about the water resistance of certain Galaxy mobiles.

23 March 2022 - Knowledge

Consumer watchdog commences misleading or deceptive action against Facebook over online scams

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The ACCC has launched proceedings against Meta over its involvement in publishing misleading advertising scams on its social media platform, Facebook.

09 March 2022 - Knowledge

It’s official: Virtual meetings and e-signing are here to stay

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Bill 2021 has now received royal assent, making permanent changes to allow the use of technology to hold meetings and sign documents.

27 October 2021 - Knowledge

Virtual meetings and e-signing set to become permanent

#Corporate & Commercial Law

With temporary relief measures set to expire next year, the Federal Government has released new legislation to make permanent the recent changes allowing the use of technology for company meetings and communications.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

Directors get ready – applications for Director Identification Numbers open in November

#Corporate & Commercial Law

After a long wait, applications for identification numbers are nearly open. While existing directors may have until next year, new directors will need to take action within 28 days.

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Time to revisit your contracts: Significant expansion of unfair contract term laws announced

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Property, Planning & Development

The Federal Government has just ended its consultation on draft legislation that aims to significantly expand the scope and enforcement of the unfair contract terms regime, including the introduction of civil penalties. We examine the proposed changes and what they mean for consumers, small businesses and landlords.

08 September 2021 - Knowledge

COVID-19 privacy principles for handling personal data

#Data & Privacy, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #COVID-19

Australia’s key privacy authorities have jointly issued five privacy principles to guide policymakers and businesses in a universal approach to handling personal information during the pandemic.

24 March 2021 - Knowledge

Temporary amendments allowing virtual meetings and e-signing expire

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Relief measures introduced during COVID-19 to facilitate virtual meetings and electronic execution expired on 21 March 2021, with consideration of replacement legislation delayed to August.

24 March 2021 - Knowledge

Have your say on Director Identification Numbers

#Corporate & Commercial Law

With the introduction of Director Identification Numbers looming, the Treasury is now inviting submissions on the regulatory standards which will support and govern its implementation.

24 February 2021 - Knowledge

Virtual AGMs and e-signing measures extended and permanent changes on the way

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

The federal government has announced temporary relief permitting virtual AGMs and electronic execution of documents will be extended until 16 September 2021, with electronic execution reforms expected to be made permanent.

10 February 2021 - Knowledge

Illegal phoenixing reforms mean new restrictions on director resignations

#Corporate & Commercial Law

From 18 February 2021, directors who fail to promptly notify ASIC of their resignation could see their term artificially extended beyond their resignation date.

20 January 2021 - Knowledge

New consumer disclosure obligations for NSW suppliers – enforcement starts now

#Competition & Consumer Law

NSW suppliers are now required to notify consumers of any prejudicial contract terms or referral arrangements before providing goods or services to them.