Technology & Law

The ADLS Technology & Law Committee has offered perspectives on topics such as modernising legal processes, privacy, intellectual property, online safety, cyber-crime and cloud services governance. The wider profession can occasionally struggle with the pace of technological developments and their impact upon the practice of law. This is therefore an area where advice and guidance from experienced practitioners is invaluable.

The Committee has focussed on providing practitioners with articles, advice and seminars on the impact of new technologies. It’s members were heavily involved in ensuring, through seminars and articles, that practitioners understood their responsibilities in regard to the new electronic discovery rules that were recently introduced. The Committee is also focussed on ensuring that the potential and liabilities of new technology are recognised by the legal profession. They also maintain a watching brief and make submissions on new pieces of legislation and government policy in relation to the use and security of technology and data security. 


His Honour Judge David Harvey (Convenor)

David Harvey was appointed as a District Court Judge in 1989, and sat at Manukau for 20 years before transferring to Auckland in 2009. Judge Harvey was closely involved with information technology initiatives involving the judiciary. He recently stood down from the Bench and is now the Director of the New Zealand Centre for ICT Law at the Law School.

Maude & Miller

Richard Anstice

Phone 04 237 4129 - Email
Rob Harte Lawyer

Andrew Easterbrook

Andrew Easterbrook works at Rob Harte Lawyer, dealing mainly with technology law, relationship property and estate litigation. He is also a musician and a computer geek.

Phone 09 974 8280 - Email
Gallagher & Co Consultants

Lloyd Gallagher

Lloyd is actively involved around the world in Alternative Dispute Resolution where he acts as Arbitrator and Mediator. With a strong IT background, Lloyd works with law practitioners’ and policy makers to develop solutions that focus on access to justice and technology security.

Phone 07 823 6501 - Email
Turner Hopkins

Arran Hunt

Arran is the principal at Virt Law. Arran was previously working as a technical business analyst, for a Fortune50 company in London and several large firms and city councils in Auckland, before being admitted in 2010.

University of Auckland

Melanie Johnson

Melanie is legal counsel at the University of Auckland. She advises the University on a broad range of issues, including copyright, privacy and contracts. Melanie has a particular interest in copyright and the impact of technology on the way in which copyright material is being generated and used.

Phone 09 373 7599 - Email

Dr Richard Keam

Dr Richard Keam is a barrister and solicitor practising in the area of criminal law with a focus on crimes involving the use and abuse of technology. Prior to joining the legal profession, he was a professional engineer for 15 years and holds a first class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering and PhD in electromagnetic engineering.

Phone 09 379 8330 - Email
Hudson Gavin Martin

Edwin Lim

Edwin Lim has specialised in technology, media and intellectual property for over 13 years. As Edwin has two Honours degrees in Law and Commerce (Management Science and Information Systems) he understands the technical and legal issues involved in a client’s project, and is comfortable talking to clients about complex technology matters.

Phone 09 308 7300 - Email
Ellis Terry

Antonia Modkova

Antonia is a Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and Lawyer at the Intellectual Property firm Ellis Terry. She has conjoint degrees Law and Science (Computer Science) and specialises in the drafting and prosecution of software and ICT patents. Outside work, she founded the EduTech startup Osnova, which was accepted into 2017 Flux Accelerator at The Icehouse.

Phone 09 975 1073 - Email

James Ting-Edwards

James leads InternetNZ’s policy work on law and rights issues. In practice, this means fuelling and informing discussions between people in technical, legal, and other communities. James draws on experience advising start-ups on IP issues, and teaching at the University of Auckland. Outside work, he enjoys gardening, gaming, and improv theatre.

Phone 021 156 5596 - Email
Baldwins Law Limited

Sophie Thoreau

Sophie is a senior associate at Baldwins Intellectual Property. She specialises in the application of Intellectual Property in business, particularly in strategic and contentious branding related Intellectual Property matters including copyright, in common law and domain names, in New Zealand, Australasia, the Pacific and internationally.

Phone 09 373 3137 - Email
24 Feb 2014

Harmful Digital Communications Bill 2013

Submission on the Harmful Communications Bill 2013

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05 Apr 2011

Supplementary response to OECD Privacy Questionnaire

Supplementary response in respect of the Questionnaire for reviewing the OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (Privacy Guidelines)

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18 Mar 2011

Response to OECD Privacy Questionnaire

Submission to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in respect of the Questionnaire for reviewing the OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (Privacy Guidelines)

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14 Jun 2010

Patents Bill - clause 15(3A)

Submission to the Minister of Commerce in respect of the Patents Bill - clause 15(3A)

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