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Ross Phillipson



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Ross Phillipson



Ross is an experienced data protection, cybersecurity and information governance lawyer. His experience spans data protection and privacy, cybersecurity governance and incident management, artificial intelligence, critical infrastructure and operational resilience, eCommerce (including consumer protection, antitrust and trade relations), digital media, distributed ledger technology, as well as technology transactions. This unique and highly specialised skillset was developed in Europe initially, while working for Procter & Gamble, a leading multinational Fortune 10 FMCG company, and more recently in a law firm in the Asia Pacific region.

Ross advises clients across all sectors on matters relating to privacy governance, compliance, operations and breaches, cybersecurity governance and incident management, critical infrastructure security reforms, compliance obligations and foreign investment, crypto-currency regulation and reporting, artificial intelligence governance and related corporate and compliance matters. Ross is involved in ESG matters, including the ethical and social impacts of digital technology and governance expectations of businesses using emerging technologies. In addition, Ross helps pro bono clients build and maintain their cybersecurity and privacy programs.

Ross is highly sought after for his pragmatic and commercial approach, particularly on matters of high complexity such as complicated human-technology systems and cross-border operations. Ross focusses on ensuring clients receive advice that is practical and can be operationalised to support them in achieving their commercial goals, as approach which stands him apart. Ross has advised clients across the full end to end spectrum of cyber, data and security issues, from legal and compliance advisory, critical infrastructure risk management and operational resilience programs, complex transactions and due diligence, through to full-service incident management and subsequent regulatory engagement and remediation.

Ross is regularly sought after for industry speaking engagements, often commenting on the drafting and implementation of privacy laws like GDPR, their impact and implementation. He has also been involved in tech regulation and policy in Europe for nearly a decade and more recently in Australia and has worked in partnership with industry associations and government relations groups to ensure new legislation in the tech arena is fit for purpose.

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Blog Post: 02 February 2024

An Intelligent or Artificial Response: The Australian Government’s Interim Response to the consultation on Safe and Responsible AI in Australia

Ross Phillipson and Saranpaal Calais from A&O’s Australian tech and cyber team review the Australian government’s interim response to AI regulation in Australia and highlight key issues for…

Read more An Intelligent or Artificial Response: The Australian Government’s Interim Response to the consultation on Safe and Responsible AI in Australia



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Admitted as a Solicitor (Western Australia) 2022

Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 2008 (non-practising)

European Patent Attorney (lapsed) 2004


LLB (Hons), University of Law, 2008

PhD Biochemistry, Lancaster University, 2002

BSc (Hons), Lancaster University, 1999