Technology and Commercial

 

We’re excited by technology – a powerful tool which typically sits at the cutting edge of business practices, and the commercial environment in which powerful transactions exist. Technology is a great enabler for businesses, and we love being part of that journey. With broad expertise across this space, the Hive team is well placed to advise on technology related projects, and general commercial arrangements.

Services

Technology Projects, Licensing and Procurement

We advise clients on a wide range of IT projects, from discrete software and service supplies and procurements through to major IT initiatives and complex engagements and contracting, including transformation projects, outsourcing, systems integration projects and enterprise-wide solutions.

 

Contracting and Commercial Transactions

As well as technology specific expertise, our team is highly experienced in all manner of general commercial transactions.
Support we deliver:

  • Procurement and contract management
  • Negotiations and drafting contract terms
  • Managing risk allocation
  • Managing counterparty performance issues and resolution of disputes
  • Tenders (both preparing and responding)

We also are experienced in managing high volumes of contracts, which may range from repeatable BAU through to bespoke complex contracting arrangements.

 

Privacy and data security

Privacy and data protection is a core element of our practice.
Support we deliver:

  • Privacy obligations (Commonwealth and state/territory regimes, in public and private sectors)
  • Data protection and cyber security
  • Data collection and handling
  • Data sharing arrangements
  • Notifiable data breach regimes
  • Commercial contracting, including privacy policies and user terms
  • Privacy compliance reviews and advice

 

Emerging technologies

We regularly provide advice to clients looking to adapt technology in emerging fields such as fintech, healthtech and regtech.

Emerging technologies also give rise to a range of other, often specialised, issues in the sectors in which these operate. We work closely with colleagues in our financial services, health and energy teams on these matters.

 

IP and IP commercialisation

Our team provides strategic legal and risk management advice pertaining to intellectual property based transactions. Our experience spans both the private and public sectors.

We provide assistance with licensing and commercialisation projects and have particular experience in the life sciences, biopharmaceutical, technology and education sectors. We also advise our clients on IP protection strategies and effective commercial models.

Case Studies

Hive Legal advises Origin on the $267 million sale of its smart metering business.

Hive Legal has advised Origin Energy on the sale by competitive bid process of its ‘Acumen’ smart metering business to intelliHUB, a company to be jointly owned by Pacific Equity Partners and Landis+Gyr.

Hive’s role on the sale process included advising on business and sale structure, regulatory and data issues, evaluation of bids and preparation and negotiation of the suite of transaction documents. We also assisted Origin in preparing and negotiating a suite of long-term metering service agreements which were signed as part of the overall transaction.

Hive’s team is excited to have acted on these arrangements. They represent a significant development in the competitive metering market in Australia’s National Electricity Market, following major metering regulatory reforms which came into effect in December 2017.

Therapeutic Engagement Support Services Association – contracting advice

We assisted Therapeutic Engagement Support Services Association (TESSA Inc) in understanding and navigating its contractual arrangements with particular counterparties.

“Tamsyn, Adrienne and Joanna were excellent. They understood TESSA Inc’s position very quickly and were able to give appropriate advice. The advice was excellent and included explanations which really helped TESSA Inc’s own understanding of the relevant issues and risks. It was not only helpful to the immediate issue but will also help us in the future – it will enable us to set up partnerships going forward.”

Victoria Triggs, CEO

Our team

Joanna Green

Joanna Green

Principal

Adrienne Trumbull

Adrienne Trumbull

Associate Principal

Ella Cannon

Ella Cannon

Associate Principal

Danielle McCluskey

Danielle McCluskey

Senior Associate

Tamsyn Vassallo

Tamsyn Vassallo

Associate

Carlie Andrews

Carlie Andrews

Associate