Graham Phillips - Thomson Geer

Graham Phillips

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

Graham leads the firm's Intellectual Property, Technology and Regulatory Department.  
Graham has extensive experience in conducting complex and novel litigation in communications, intellectual property, competition, and administrative law matters. He also has significant experience in advising on infrastructure regulation and mergers.
Graham is a specialist in all areas of telecommunications regulation, including carrier licensing, facilities access, carrier land access powers, and the telecommunications specific competition and access laws.  He has advised in relation to construction arrangements and network rollout, interconnect and other wholesale arrangements, retail contracts, privacy, advertising, and sales conduct.
He, with fellow partner Tony Dooley, have led the way in telecommunications access disputes, achieving landmark wholesale pricing outcomes, conducting more than half of all telecommunications fixed line arbitrations before the ACCC, many Australian Competition Tribunal Appeals, and multiple successful Federal Court administrative law defences.  
Graham acted for seven of the 11 telecommunications companies who obtained a unanimous judgment from the Full Court of the High Court in Telstra Corporation Limited v Cth & Ors [2008] HCA 7.
Australasian Legal Business has recognised Graham as a leading lawyer in Telecommunications, Media and Technology. “Graham Phillips was rated as the “cream of the crop”, because he was extremely client focused, comprehensive in his advice and able to achieve a fast turnaround.  He provided added value legal advice, and was able to put himself in the shoes of the counter parties and highlight issues from a commercial perspective.  He also had an exceptional understanding of commercial and regulatory issues, strategic considerations and litigation.”
Graham was also recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best Lawyers tables, as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the area of Telecommunications.

Recent experience includes:

  • Leading iiNet’s successful defence of litigation by 34 Hollywood and Australian film and television studios, the first trial in the world involving suit against an internet service provider claiming copyright infringement on its part due to alleged authorisation of the copyright infringement of its users.  He represented iiNet from the beginning of those proceedings through to the unanimous High Court judgment in Roadshow Films Limited v iiNet Limited [2012] HCA 16.
  • Advising on telecommunications regulatory issues relating to the roll-out and operation of a national broadband network for Australia, including in relation to NBN Co’s special access undertaking and wholesale broadband agreement, Telstra’s structural separation undertaking and migration plan, and in preparing submissions for industry participants to the current Government’s various reviews into NBN policy and regulation.
  • Acting on merger reviews, including Foxtel’s acquisition of Austar, Telstra’s proposed acquisition of Adam Internet, iiNet’s acquisition of Adam Internet, and NBN Co’s proposed acquisition of TransACT’s fibre to the premises assets.

University of MelbourneUniversity of MelbourneBSc University of MelbourneLL.B

Office Location

Level 39, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Practice Areas

Telecommunications Law

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