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Giles Whittaker

Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Whittaker is a transactional lawyer with a focus on technology, outsourcing and intellectual property (IP). He advises on a broad range of technology transactions, including large technology procurement and implementation projects in various sectors including resources, energy and health, and has assisted during multi-vendor negotiations, including for enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects. In addition to ERP projects, Mr. Whittaker supports his clients' procurement of various technology systems and platforms, including negotiating the procurement of managed services, outsourcing, support services and cloud based solutions. He also advises on software licensing terms with key software vendors that support his clients' technology procurement strategy.

Mr. Whittaker also provides technical and commercial advice regarding the commercialization and licensing of his client's IP. Mr. Whittaker has experience advising various clients with respect to its IP protection and commercialisation strategy within the financial technology, logistics and education sectors.

Mr. Whittaker also provides regulatory advice regarding privacy, data retention and website content, including the preparation of mobile application terms and conditions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Whittaker worked as a consultant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission gaining knowledge in the areas of corporate governance and fiduciary obligations. He also worked as a paralegal during his studies at university and completed clerkships with various national Australian law firms.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Advising various clients, including in the resources and energy sectors, regarding the procurement and implementation of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, including analysis and advice in regards to failed ERP projects.
  • Advising an Australian not-for-profit government organisation on its procurement strategy of its core business function systems and assisting as second chair during multi-vendor negotiations with various Australian and international vendors.
  • Advising various clients on its procurements of various cloud-based software solutions and the implications with respect to various privacy obligations, including providing advice to cloud-based solution providers with respect to their rollout of cloud-based solutions in Australia.
  • Advising a global education software platform provider on its launch of various products within Australia and assisting with the preparation of various localised agreements.
  • Advising a global financial technology (Fintech) and payment system innovator with respect to its protection and commercialisation of its intellectual property, including by providing assistance with various client and Fintech partner agreements.
  • Advising a global shopping centre company on its procurement and implementation of a range of IT supply agreements and human resource information system (HRIS).
  • Advising a leading Victorian industry body on its implementation of a SalesForce system, including network and infrastructure services.
  • Advising a global consultancy firm on New South Wales IT procurement framework.
  • Advising a leading global online retailer in regards to its influencer agreements and Australian advertising regulations.
  • Advising various Australian and international clients on applicable privacy regulations, including the drafting of privacy policies and collection statements.
  • Advising varies clients on website terms of trade and content and creation of mobile phone application terms and conditions.