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Information technology and procurement

Access to efficient and effective information technology (IT) products and services is critical for modern businesses to stay competitive in an ever-changing business environment. Facilitating such access requires an understanding of the technologies themselves, as well as the complex legal and commercial environment in which they are provided. Gadens’ IT and procurement team focuses on providing pragmatic advice, with a specific emphasis on core systems and business transformation.

Multi-faceted expertise

Gadens has a specialised team with expertise across all aspects of IT and procurement, including strategy and implementation. Key team members of our team have dual IT and law qualifications, which gives them invaluable awareness of clients’ technology requirements and challenges.

Gadens acts for major public and private sector organisations and represents both suppliers and consumers of software, hardware and IT services.

Complex procurement

Our team are skilled contract negotiators and have advised on a broad range of procurement projects of all sizes and across a range of industries, including large government contracts (with extensive experience in use of GITC and ProcureIT). For example, one of our lead partners was involved in the licence and implementation of SAP for the Queensland Government, including restructuring the existing licensing model. He also advised on the procurement of a core finance and payroll system for a major energy company and the tolling capability for a tunnel, including strategic procurement advice, assistance with the EOI and RFT process, contract development, negotiations and management.

We help our clients to get the most out of their procurement projects by maximising their commercial objectives and minimising exposure to risk. We advise on commercial strategy, tender requests, as well as the evaluation, negotiation and drafting of contracts.

Software, hardware and system implementation

Gadens’ IT and procurement experts regularly advise on licensing and the related software support, as well leasing and acquiring hardware, and the associated maintenance.

Our experts advise on all aspects of major systems implementation, including a particular focus on enterprise resource planning (ERP) licensing and implementation. We have advised on many significant ICT contracts and consulting services.

New technology

In an industry that is constantly evolving and where new technologies are being created on a daily basis, Gadens provides legal advice that is both current and relevant to developing technologies. Our team has a particular interest in emerging technological trends and has extensive knowledge of the legal and commercial issues around outsourcing (including data centre services), cloud computing and ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) arrangements. Recent experience of Gadens includes advising on outsourcing core ICT functions to a cloud service provider, including dealing with privacy, data security and business continuity issues.

Websites and social media

We regularly advise on website content, design, hosting and operating arrangements, and terms and conditions.

Our lawyers have advised and represented businesses and social media organisations on social media regulatory and compliance issues, related IT management, employment issues and contentious matters, and IP and branding requirements.

Privacy compliance

Our team members are experts in advising on privacy compliance across both State and Commonwealth privacy regimes, and provide clients with comprehensive privacy reviews, including advice on privacy compliance, privacy policies, IT security and offshoring issues.

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