Principal, Data Synergies Law Pty Ltd.
Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer. He has worked as a business and legal adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. He works with several Australia’s leading data analytics services providers and consults to other AI and IoT focussed businesses and professional services firms.
Peter is also a Professor of Practice (Schools of Management and Governance and IT Systems and Management) at UNSW Business School.
Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Data Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including of the NSW Data Analytics Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission, and several boards of directors, including iProcedures (a medtech company) and Iridium Satellite Australia. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association’s Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA’s Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ (International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand).
Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017, he continues to assist G+T as a part-time consultant.
He was voted by legal sector peers as Sydney Technology Lawyer of the Year 2016 and as one of the global top 35 communications lawyers. He is rated ‘top tier’ in all major legal directories, including in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the fields of Commercial Law, Defamation and Media Law, Entertainment Law, Information Technology Law, Outsourcing Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Telecommunications Law. He is also an author of many articles and chapters in books in his areas of practice. He remains contributing editor of Communications Law and Policy in Australia, the leading Australian loose-leaf service in communications law.