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Hamilton Locke Bolsters Melbourne Office with Team of Technology Specialists

Hamilton Locke has appointed corporate and commercial partner, Alex Ninis, as well as senior associate Marcus Hannah and lawyer Serpil Bilgic, who specialise in information technology law, further expanding the firm’s Melbourne office. This brings the firm’s total number of partners to 22, having appointed eight new partners in 2020, with Hamilton Locke now having 70 lawyers and staff.

Alex, Marcus and Serpil join from DWF, where they were a part of the corporate and commercial team, specialising in technology and privacy law in the firm’s Melbourne office.

Alex joins Hamilton Locke with over 30 years’ experience acting for a number of global and Australian organisations that supply or use leading edge technology and telecommunications solutions. He was previously an in-house lawyer at Lendlease Corporation and Burns Philp & Co, as well as the VP and General Counsel APAC of PeopleSoft.

Alex and his team advise on the full spectrum of technology transactions, and provide counsel in relation to technology procurement, technology development, outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS solutions, systems integration, managed services, privacy, cybersecurity, technology project reviews and audits, intellectual property (including copyright and trade marks), drafting and review of employment contracts for technology teams and independent contractors, IT contract audit, project governance and optimising existing IT system portfolios. The team acts in the Asia Pacific region for multinational technology companies and start-up companies, as well as companies acquiring large complex technology systems.

Nick Humphrey, Managing Partner of Hamilton Locke said: “We are delighted to appoint Alex, Marcus and Serpil to the firm, building on our existing technology and IP capabilities, and bolstering our Melbourne office. The team’s extensive technology experience will provide our clients with further access to a deep bench of expertise, which continues our efforts to solve complex problems for clients”.

Hamilton Locke is part of Halo Group – a family of businesses that uniquely services clients with event-based legal requirements, as well as business as usual corporate services. Halo Group now has 113 staff group-wide. In 2020, Halo Group acquired two new businesses – Source, an outsourced legal, HR and CFO services business, as well as MacMillan Trade Marks, a leading trade mark registration business. Company secretarial business, Emerson CoSec is also part of Halo Group.