Awards & Recognition

  • Leading Individual, Data Protection, Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2024
  • Next Generation Partner, IT & Telecoms, Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2024
  • Privacy & Data Security Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers Australia, 2024
  • Finalist TMT Partner of the Year, Lawyers Weekly, 2023
  • 5-Star Cyber Lawyers, Australasian Lawyer, 2021

About Brendan

Brendan advises on information technology transactions of all types and sizes, including large scale, complex outsourcing and integration projects, cloud-based offerings, data analytics and software licensing and development agreements. He also assists with IP protection and commercialisation, digital marketing and content, social media, sponsorships, privacy and cyber security.

During his career, Brendan has practised at top-tier law firms and in-house at IBM, where he managed the Law Department Services Team. He has also held the role of Senior Legal Counsel at British Telecom in London.

Brendan is recognised by leading legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific in the TMT area, as well as Best Lawyers in the categories of Information Technology and Privacy and Data Security Law. Clients have noted that

“Brendan Tomlinson is a smart, pragmatic partner. He focuses on the commercial implications of transactions for his clients and has a high standard of technical expertise.”


  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

    Advising CBA on a number of business critical and BAU IT matters (including master services, proof of concept, licensed software and software as-a-service arrangements) and non-IT procurement projects (including corporate purchasing, outsourcing core business services including marketing, consultancy, research and staff training services). We have been engaged for specific large transactions and also under a retainer model, where we work closely with members of CBA’s Technology, Data and Procurement legal team, the Enterprise Procurement and Partnerships team and internal subject matter experts and stakeholders.

  • CMC Markets

    Advising on its agreement with the ANZ Bank under which CMC Markets provides online stockbroking services to ANZ clients, under a white-labelling arrangement. Under the deal, CMC Markets provides its online stockbroking platform to ANZ and acquires selected assets from ANZ.

  • Adobe Systems

    Assisting the market-leading global software company on numerous negotiations with their key customers, working closely with Adobe’s legal team, commercial leads and technical professionals, and acting as an extension of the legal team. Our experience includes negotiating complex master services agreements for business critical software products and services with two of Australia’s big four banks.

  • NPC Media

    Negotiating and advising on its agreement to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre, and also a number of subsequent customer and supplier agreements. NPC Media is a joint venture between the Nine and Seven Networks.

  • Technology disputes

    Successfully resolving a number of IT disputes, many of which have involved an in-depth understanding of complex technologies and factual backgrounds, as well as working closely with our disputes team and numerous client subject matter experts and stakeholders

  • "Brendan is very approachable and very efficient and provides value for money. He is calm and pragmatic and easily suggests practical solutions for our business."

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • "He focuses on the commercial implications of transactions for his clients and has a high standard of technical expertise"

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific

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