Peter Leonard joined UNSW Business School in October 2018 as an esteemed Professor of Practice. He is responsible for working closely with academics to integrate scholarly achievement with practical experience for students, and for bridging the connection between students and industry members.
Peter's career as a business lawyer has focussed upon advising data-driven businesses. This work has spanned mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, data commercialisation, information governance, data protection, protection of trade secrets and competition law.
As well as formerly advising clients as a foundation partner of national law firm Gilbert + Tobin, Peter advises as to business strategy for data driven businesses across many industry sectors, including communications, media, healthcare and financial services, across the Asia Pacific region. This work includes business strategy and information governance to address consumer data rights, privacy protective data linkage, data ethics, security and privacy by design, requirements and standards for data portability and interoperability, API enabled data release, and application of competition economics and law and intellectual property law to data-driven businesses.
Peter's earlier work included establishing competition in provision of communications services in Australia. He was closely involved in development of interconnection, customer portability and technical interoperability frameworks and standards in the telecommunications sector. This work led to Peter being the only lawyer (to date) to be recognised (in 2012) with a Communications Alliance award of Australia's Communications Ambassador for outstanding services to the Communications Sector.
Peter recently wrote the Australian report for the Asian Business Law Institute's study of cross border data transfers and Good Data Practice: A Guide for Business to Consumer IoT Services for the IOT Alliance Australia. He is contributing editor of Communications Law and Policy in Australia, a leading Australian loose-leaf service in communications and media law.
Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance's Data Access and Use workstream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Data Law Committee and the Australian Computer Society's Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee.
He also serves on the Law Council of Australia's Information Integrity Taskforce and has represented the LCA before Parliamentary Committees addressing data, surveillance and technology references. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ (International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand).
Peter serves on a number of relevant advisory boards, including of the NSW Data Analytics Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission's Data Rights Project, and a number of corporate boards.