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Sarah Alderson, Lawyer
Sarah is a lawyer in Gilbert + Tobin's TMT and Project Services group.
Her practice includes advising domestic and international clients on a broad range of regulatory and commercial telecommunications matters including:
- competition and wholesale arrangements
- new technologies
- spectrum and land access regimes
- satellite licensing
- interception and law enforcement
- interconnection agreements.
Sarah is experienced in the preparation of submissions to and for regulatory agencies, on various aspects of regulatory disputes. She has drafted submissions for clients including Telstra, British Telecom, Bell Canada, Bahrain Telecommunications Company and Emirates Integrated Telecoms as well as for the Samoan Telecommunications Regulator and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. This work has focussed on regulatory review and reform in response to the development of competition in particular markets.
Sarah has been involved in the preparation of reports to peak industry bodies on leading issues, including reports on the liberalisation of international gateways and IP interconnection for the GSM Association.
Sarah also has significant experience advising on privacy matters. This includes the provision of practical advice to Australian and international companies on privacy compliance issues related to protection of personal information, protection of data in outsourcing arrangements and internal privacy compliance programs. Sarah advises on a range of commercial communications and information technology matters.
Sarah has had a secondment at Vodafone Australia where she negotiated business sales and supplier agreements and drafted complex and high value commercial contracts, such as sponsorship agreements. Sarah also provided general commercial and regulatory advice to Vodafone.
Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Sarah has worked within the English Government and as a specialist telecommunications policy advisor for the Australian Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). Her work at DCITA focused on the competition and consumer telecommunications regime and the impact of new technologies, such as digital radio.
Sarah has qualifications in Law and Media Communications.