The new partner adds to the firm’s media law and tech disputes offering in Sydney
Bird & Bird has added to its partnership in Sydney with the appointment of TMT disputes specialist Julie Cheeseman.
Cheeseman’s expertise includes various technologies and complex implementations such as billing, inventory management, customer management and e-Health systems, and satellite and cable transmission networks. She makes the jump to Bird & Bird’s dispute resolution team from Ashurst, where she was a special counsel.
“I’m looking forward to having Julie in our team. She is an excellent lawyer and a great person. Her addition will further add to the considerable bench strength of Bird & Bird’s Sydney office in the areas of media law and tech disputes,” said Sophie Dawson, who helms the firm’s dispute resolution group in Sydney.
Cheeseman has provided advice on liability matters to customers and suppliers alike. She also has experience analysing complex IT supply contracts.
She has collaborated with clients’ executive and commercial teams to facilitate dispute resolution via alternative methods such as negotiation and mediation. She has also guided clients in the public and private sectors on the country’s privacy legislation.
Cheeseman has drafted privacy policies and data breach response plans. She has also conducted training seminars for clients on the notifiable data breach regime in Australia.
“I’m thrilled to be joining such an innovative, tech-focused firm like Bird & Bird. With a truly global offering and structure, I’m excited to work with colleagues across sector and practice groups and contribute to the collaborative working dynamic of the cutting-edge disputes team in Sydney,” Cheeseman said.
Bird & Bird international dispute resolution practice co-leads Sophie Eyre and Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa confirmed that Cheeseman will be working together with the global team to expand the firm’s dispute resolution offering,
“Julie’s experience in TMT disputes will be a real bonus to our international dispute resolution offering. At Bird & Bird, she will be working closely with our global team to grow our dispute resolution practice and enhance our reputation in key areas including arbitration and investigations,” Eyre and Tjon-En-Fa said.
Sydney office head Shane Barber praised Cheeseman’s strong knowledge and experience in the Australian TMT market.
“We’re delighted to have Julie join us in the Sydney office at Bird & Bird. Julie is well known in the Australian TMT market for her in-depth knowledge of digital projects and impressive track-record in litigation. She is an asset to the team and I look forward to her arrival!” he said.