Nicholas Blackmore

Nicholas Blackmore

Special Counsel Melbourne, Australia Also works in Hong Kong

Nicholas is Special Counsel in Kennedys’ Melbourne office with more than 18 years’ experience in a diverse practice spanning general commercial and corporate advice, insurance, technology, intellectual property and data privacy.

Nicholas is dual qualified in Australia and Hong Kong and was based in Kennedys Hong Kong office for six years until relocating to Melbourne in 2017.  He continues to work with clients in Hong Kong and the APAC region and leads Kennedys’ APAC cyber risk group.

Nicholas advises on a wide range of general commercial transactions and corporate issues including joint ventures, corporate restructuring and shareholder agreements. He advises on insurance wordings and coverage issues, as well as insurance regulatory issues. He has considerable experience preparing cyber risk policy wordings and  advises on all aspects of data privacy law, including preparing data privacy notices and policies, advising on direct marketing practices and responding to data privacy complaints and access requests.

Nicholas advises on IT contracts and projects and on legal issues arising from e-commerce ventures, including the legal status of electronic contracts and signatures.  He also gives  copyright and trade mark advice and has extensive experience advising media companies on the licensing of copyright material, such as music and video, for use on traditional and new media platforms.

Nicholas has held several  in-house roles at MCM Entertainment, Foster’s Group, BP Australia, Linfox, the Communications Alliance and NBN Co.

He often provides useful suggestions and comments beyond scope of legal advice, like financial arrangements and terms to avoid future disputes.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

Work highlights

  • Advised Cathay Pacific on its licensing and implementation of a new business-critical enterprise resource planning system. This complex transaction involved the issue of an RFP, assessment of responses, and detailed negotiations with the software licensor and implementation partner within a tight timeframe.
  • Advised a major foreign insurer on its options in relation to offering life insurance policies in Australia. The advice considered in depth the distinction between life and general insurance policies in Australia and restrictions on foreign insurers offering policies in Australia.
  • Conducted a data privacy compliance audit for Marriott International Inc. The audit process involved interviewing staff from all sections of the business to build up a comprehensive picture of the collection and handling of personal data, and then advising on areas of potential non-compliance and recommending remedial actions.
  • Prepared terms and conditions for a new online marketplace for artwork by Hong Kong-based start-up Ostendo Art. Separate terms were required for buyers, sellers and general website users, as well as privacy notices and policies.
  • Advised MCM Entertainment Group in relation to the expansion of its media business on to the Internet, including streaming rights agreements with the four major record labels and the development of the Movideo streaming platform. 
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    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018