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Allison Wallace

Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Wallace is a corporate and transactional lawyer with a focus on technology, outsourcing and intellectual property (IP). Her practice includes advising on complex outsourcing and technology procurement projects, including large transformational platform implementations (such as ERP, CRM, and billing systems). Ms. Wallace supports her clients by providing assistance through multi-vendor negotiations, and advising on software licence terms to as part of her clients' overall technology procurement strategy. Her project experience also includes providing strategic advice on managing troubled projects, including in providing assistance to negotiate exits from these kinds of projects.

Ms. Wallace also advises clients on managing their key technology requirements – from managed and support services, to software licensing and IP protection. She also has experience providing technical and commercial advice regarding cloud-based services, website terms and conditions and software and app development.

Ms. Wallace's practice also includes providing regulatory advice to clients on data and cybersecurity, as well as advising clients on the obligations of the various Australian privacy laws on their organisations, including in relation to the mandatory data breach notification scheme, and handling data and security breaches.

Ms. Wallace is the co-chair of K&L Gates Women in Profession Committee in Melbourne.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Wallace worked as a broadcast journalist for five years at several metropolitan radio stations across Melbourne. She completed her practical legal training in-house at a major Australian media company.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member 
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member
IT / Enterprise Resource Projects (ERP)
  • Advising a Papua New Guinean oil and gas exploration and development company in relation to the negotiation of a Prime Contract for System Implementation and Services, for the its ERP project, including preparing the implementation and services agreement, and sitting as second chair in simultaneous negotiations with three bidding system implementors, and assisting in negotiations with the ERP software vendor (SAP), as well as secondary software vendors providing software for the project.
  • Advising a leading energy retailer in relation to the negotiation of master services agreements with IBM and Accenture for the provision of ongoing IT services, as well as providing assistance in negotiations with both implementors for the procurement of services to rollout of its Customer Transformation Project.
  • Advising a property development company in the implementation of a new ERP system following a project reset, including assisting in the procurement of and negotiations with a new implementor, and in negotiations with the ERP software vendor (Sage).
  • Advising a global ICT service provider in relation to mediation and exit strategies from its troubled project, including assisting in negotiations regarding the transition (and termination) of staffing and other services.
  • Advising the owner of one of Australia's four oil refineries on the procurement of new hardware and software for the update of its distributed control system, including the preparation of a bespoke services and implementation contract.
  • Advising a financial services provider, on the procurement and implementation of bespoke data warehousing software, including assisting in the drafting and negotiation of a services and implementation contract, and negotiation of the software licence.
  • Advising a leading energy retailer in relation to the preparation and negotiation of an embedded network agreement for the installation and operation of embedded networks across three sites in Victoria and New South Wales, including sitting as second chair in protracted negotiations with the developer.
  • Advising a commercial fleet provider in relation to the use and installation of GPS tracking devices in its fleet, including advice on licensing terms, and privacy risks and obligations.
  • Advising a ride-sharing startup on the development of its mobile phone app, including the preparation and negotiation of development and licensing agreements, as well as providing general commercial IP advice.
  • Conducting due diligence reviews of various organisations' licences, services agreements and other IT related information, and providing advice to clients on key risks in seeking to acquire or divest those organisations.
Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Advising various clients on the implications of recent updates to the privacy act, including the preparation of data breach response plans and policies.
  • Assisting various clients in handling and responding to data breaches.
  • Advising a health services provider in relation to the inadvertent disclosure of emails containing the personal information of one individual to another.