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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Maddocks appoints next CEO March 31, 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020  Maddocks has appointed David Newman as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer. David is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team and is based in Melbourne. David brings significant … Continued

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Changes to Clerks Award eases burden on employers during COVID-19 March 31, 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has granted an urgent application to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (the Clerks Award), making changes to annual leave, minimum hours and notice requirements. The decision is … Continued

Anthony Willis Partner

Anthony is recognised as one of Australia’s leading government lawyers, with expertise in commercial, contracting, technology and IP matters. He has spent nearly 30 years advising on some of Australia’s largest commercial and government transactions. Anthony has led tender and contract development and negotiations for a number of multi-billion dollar Australian Government procurements. He is recognised as a highly skilled negotiation strategist and lead negotiator for major projects. He has also advised on major contract disputes, prepared numerous template contract documents and advises on IP and technology matters.

Anthony has been:

  • ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific as one of only six Band 1 Government lawyers in Australia. Chambers stated that he was an “outstanding lawyer, not only for his ‘wealth of experience’ but because he is ‘fearless and frank in his advice’ and is ‘tenacious’ when he is negotiating for his client”.
  • recognised as a Leading Individual for IT & Telecomms by Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • ranked as one of Australia’s leading government lawyers in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers from 2008-2019
  • rated as “highly commended” for technology and IT work by Australasian Legal Business,
  • recommended by the Doyle’s Guide to Intellectual Property
  • recommended by Doyle’s Guide as a leading Corporate, Commercial and Procurement Lawyer in Canberra.

Legal expertise

  • Government procurement and contracting
  • Corporate, governance and commercial
  • Information technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Outsourcing
  • Procurement and grant programs
  • Telecommunications

Relevant matters

  • Principal legal advisor to Defence CIO Group on the JP9711-1 Core Simulation Capability Procurement, the Data Centre Migration Project and the first stage of the Next Generation Desktop Project, including in each case advising on the structuring, source selection process and request for tender (RFT) and contract drafting, negotiations and finalisation.
  • Principal legal advisor to Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group on the AU$1B LAND2072 Phase 2B Battlefield Communications Network acquisition project, the AU$3B JP2048 Amphibious Ships project, the A$3.7B AIR 9000 Additional Troop Lift Helicopter project and the AU$1.3B AIR 87 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Acquisition project, including in each case advising on the structuring and source selection process, contract drafting and negotiations and subsequent contract implementation, dispute management and various re-negotiations.
  • Advising on tender/contract drafting and negotiations for a wide range of Defence technology matters.
  • Principal legal adviser to DHS in respect of the $1B Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) Programme including drafting and negotiating contracts to engage the Core Software Vendor and a panel of system integrators.
  • Principal legal adviser to DHS on the $0.5B Managed Telecommunications Services Agreement with Telstra.
  • Principal legal adviser to DHS on the multi-staged procurement process, to appoint a systems integrator to undertake a project to implement a new Aged Care payments system.
  • Principal legal adviser to DHS on the renegotiation of its major supplier agreements with IBM and SAP; the establishment of a new ICT Services Panel; the implementation of the MyGov project; the negotiation of a new arrangement with Rocket Software; and the implementation of Voice Biometrics.
  • Advising Health on the outsourcing of its ICT environment to IBM and the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure, Office Services and Warehousing and Distribution Services.
  • Advising Health on a number of major patent and copyright disputes; the drafting of its IP policy and standard IP contract clauses; the IP provisions in contracts for a number of significant IT projects; software disputes; actions for misuse of its logos on foreign websites; and the patenting of the BRCA1 and 2 genes.
  • External legal counsel to the Asset Sales Branch, Finance for its major asset sale and IT outsourcing projects including in respect of sales of Telstra, airports, ADI, ASC and ANL.
  • Advising the Grains R&D Corporation, CSIRO and private parties on the establishment of complex joint venture Agreements for the undertaking of research into genetics.
  • Advising on the corporatisation/transition of former corporate Commonwealth entities the Sugar R&D Corporation into Sugar Research Australia Ltd (SRA) and the Forest & Wood Products R&D Corporation into Forest & Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA) including advising on the transfer of assets and liabilities, advising the new entities on the development and implementation of corporate policies and template contracts and other documents.
  • Advising on the conversion of Horticulture Australia into Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (HIAL).  This included advising on the transfer of assets and liabilities of all classes by both statutory and contractual means, advising on the legislation and instruments of transfer, advising the new entity on the development and implementation of corporate policies and template contracts.
  • Advising several statutory Australian Government R&D corporations (including GRDC, LWA, HIAL, SRA, RIRDC, CRDC, FWPA and FRDC) on commercial and IP aspects of their operations including developing IP policies, developing IP registers and drafting in excess of 60 standard form consultancy, research and licensing agreements.
  • Advising the Department of Education and Training on the creation of the South Australian Education Scholarships Program.
  • Advising the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and drafting and negotiating contracts for a number of major commercial and IT matters including the outsourcing of maintenance of aids to navigation, emergency towage services, search and rescue services and terrestrial and satellite communications services and contracts for the provision of various IT hardware and software.
  • Drafting and negotiating numerous complex multi-party contracts for Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia, including Commonwealth-State-Industry cost sharing arrangements for emergency animal, plant and aquatic diseases.
  • Advising the National Water Commission on the establishment of various national water programs involving the Commonwealth, States and water utilities.
  • Advising a wide range of Commonwealth departments and large and small agencies and corporate entities on a wide range of commercial and governance issues, including in relation to the application of the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013(Cth) and regulations, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and associated financial management frameworks, the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) and dealings with the ANAO.
  • Advising Defence, DHS, Finance Health, AFSA on the settlement of a number of major commercial disputes.