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Rob Pulham

Senior Associate
+61.3.9640.4414
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Pulham is a corporate and commercial lawyer. His practice includes advising clients in managing their technology requirements and contracts (including drafting, review and negotiation of contracts for the provision of technology products and services), providing advice regarding privacy, data protection and copyright law, marketing and advertising, website content and general commercial intellectual property advice.

Mr. Pulham's experience includes having worked for leading technology suppliers, large Australian financial institutions, and food and beverage manufacturers, as well as Australian and Victorian government agencies.

Mr. Pulham has gained broad in-house experience during secondments in the banking and manufacturing industries and during almost 18 months on secondment to the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. These secondments have given Mr. Pulham valuable insight into the needs and expectations of both legal and commercial in-house recipients of legal advice, which he is able to use in providing timely and insightful advice to his clients.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pulham spent almost six years at a top tier national Australian law firm, working primarily in the firm's intellectual property and technology team.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals member
  • Victorian Society for Computers and the Law committee member
  • Freeplay, a not for profit organisation that hosts Australia's longest running independent games festival, board member
  • Advising several clients in relation to procurement of Microsoft cloud-based software solutions and the impact of Microsoft's standard Australian contracting terms on the particular client's circumstances. 
  • Advising a national healthcare provider in relation to its negotiation of terms for the design, provision and implementation of a cloud-based relationship management system.
  • Assisting business units and procurement teams at one of the major Australian banks to acquire technology systems and services, including website and applications development agreements and compliance with privacy laws, as part of secondments to the bank's internal technology legal team.
  • Advising and negotiating agreements for a client in the online education sector in implementing an online customer relationship management system with Salesforce.
  • Conducting due diligence reviews of organisations' information and communications technology spend, licences, services agreements and technology requirements, and advising clients on key risks in seeking to acquire or divest those organisations.
  • Advising a large online marketplace in relation to its procurement of a cloud-based website and email traffic redirection service for protection against malicious attacks such as distributed denial of service attacks.
  • Advising clients acquiring substantial levels of telecommunications services, including considering tender responses from leading telecommunications service providers in Australia, including Vodafone, Optus and Telstra.
  • Providing advice to a Victorian government agency concerning its general privacy obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic), including:
    • providing detailed advice about what impact the proposed use of cloud computing solutions would have on the agency's privacy obligations
    • advising on its privacy obligations for promotional projects and information collection forms, drafting general privacy policies, and privacy policies specifically in relation to telecommunication carrier licence obligations, and advising in relation to Victorian Privacy Commissioner audits.
  • Advising leading national sporting bodies on compliance with privacy requirements when collecting and processing personal information provided to or from their associated clubs, conducted presentations on privacy reform and key issues in privacy law.
  • Advising a Victorian state sporting club on compliance with privacy requirements when collecting and processing personal information provided to or from its associated clubs in relation to a software application being developed for use by supporters and other individuals associated with the clubs.
  • Conducting privacy presentations and training for a reseller in the Victorian utilities sector and assisting the reseller in designing its privacy reform project.
  • Assisting a Western Australian utility organisation to address aspects of its privacy reform project.
  • Providing various advices to an Australian charity in relation to its privacy practices, including:
    • the adequacy of its agreements and processes to be adopted for conducting fundraising campaigns with the assistance of third parties, including issues regarding transborder data flows
    • collecting personal details and sending cards to individuals on behalf of other individuals
    • general spam and privacy issues regarding direct marketing via email using personal information collected from donors.
  • Advising an Australian charity in relation to its privacy practices and the implementation of a privacy project to comply with recent privacy reforms.
  • Presenting to clients and industry, and advising a large number of clients, about the effect of the changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) in March 2014, which are the most significant reforms since the Privacy Act was extended to cover the private sector in 2001.
  • Reviewing privacy practices and policies for various clients and advising on required amendments to comply with recent reforms to the Privacy Act. 
  • Advising a health service provider in relation to the inadvertent disclosure of emails containing personal information of one individual to a separate individual.