Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Tom is an internationally recognised, award-winning technology law specialist with strong “black letter law” skills that he combines with a commercially pragmatic approach – traits highly valued by clients.
Head of our leading TMT practice, Tom is passionate about technology and telecommunications, their everyday use, and their ability to transform organisations. This is a passion borne out of working in the industry for more than 20 years in both New Zealand and the UK. Clients appreciate Tom’s “high level of intimate knowledge of the marketplace” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021). Drawing on significant in-house experience at Telefonica O2 UK and Spark New Zealand, Tom provides clients with commercial, practical, and pragmatic advice.
Listed and private companies, universities, banks, DHBs, public sector entities, government agencies, and start-ups all benefit from Tom’s expertise. He has developed a particular specialism negotiating agreements with software and service providers such as SAP, Salesforce, HPE, Oracle, Infor, and Microsoft, and system integrators and business integrators such as PwC, TCS, and Infosys.
Tom enjoys building relationships with his clients and assisting with all their technology needs. He advises on all technology law issues including outsourcing projects, managed services and “as a service”/ cloud arrangements, agile contracting, technology transformation projects and large-scale technology procurement, as well as general software licensing and support agreements. Tom also has a wealth of experience in transitional services arrangements, assisting our market leading M&A team through asset and share sale arrangements.
Tom advises on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, and blockchain-related advice. He co-leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Tech Innovation team, which is responsible for the development and implementation of technology solutions for internal use and for commercialisation. He is an author and regular speaker on transformational and strategic technology issues and developments.
Tom is recognised by all major directories as a leading TMT lawyer, including in Chambers Asia-Pacific (since 2013), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers NZ, and Doyles Guide for Technology. Clients have described Tom as “fantastic to work with, he was approachable and able to communicate complex legal matters in a way that all parties could readily understand enabling sound decision making”. Tom is also praised for being “accessible at all times and very responsive and given the length of time we often had to work together his sense of humour was very much appreciated” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021. Another client considers Tom “an expert in IT contract law” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.
Sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery Channel
Acting for MediaWorks Holdings on the sale of MediaWorks TV Limited to Discovery, Inc – MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster.
Building a new digital future
Advising Fletcher Building on a “once in a generation” ERP transformation project for critical technology infrastructure, hyperscaler arrangements, and agreements with both systems integrator and business integrator.
Sale of Livestock Improvement Corporation’s automation unit
Acting for LIC in the sale of the assets of Livestock Improvement Corporation’s Automation company to MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co).
Transforming NZ’s largest city’s core systems
Advising Watercare on its Strategic Transformation Programme for both the critical technology infrastructure (cloud-based) and the associated implementation project (under an agile methodology) with Infor.
Cloud services advisory to major corporates
Advising a number of large New Zealand-based banks and other major corporates in relation to strategic and business critical cloud / licensing and critical systems projects with companies including ACI Worldwide, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft and Infor (amongst others).
Replacement of Lotto’s internet gaming system
Advising New Zealand Lotteries Commission on its upgrade and replacement of its core gaming platforms.
Modernised University learning management system
Advising Auckland University of Technology in relation to a Software as a Service subscription agreement and implementation project with supplier, Instructure Inc, for an on-line learning environment.
Partnering for better patient outcomes
Advising Auckland District Health Board on its agreement with Intersystems to deliver a cloud-based, modern, extensible, and fit-for-purpose Patient Administration System.
- 2000, New Zealand
- BA, LLB (Hons), Canterbury University
- Affiliate Member of IT Professionals NZ
- Member, Institute of Directors
- Business Technology Contracts
- Commercial Contracts
- Cyber Security
- Emerging Technologies Contracts
- Privacy and Data Protection
- Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)
- Ranked as a leading Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013-2022
- Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018-2022
- Named Best Lawyers 'Lawyer of the Year 2023' for Privacy and Data Security Law and recognised in the categories of Information Technology Law and Telecommunications Law
- Winner – Consumer, Media and Technology Deal of the Year, New Zealand Law Awards (2018)
- Recognised as a Leading Telecommunications, Media & Technology Lawyer, Doyles Guide
- Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts' internationally recognised Tier 1 TMT team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific