Helen Clarke

Partner. Brisbane.

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Helen Clarke

An astute lawyer with strong technical skills and a distinct client focus, information and communications technology and major procurement expert Helen Clarke specialises in innovative and commercially viable solutions.

She is consistently sought out by major government and private sector clients for her expertise in information technology, data protection (privacy), intellectual property, technology licensing, major procurement and outsourcing arrangements across a wide range of industries including health, financial services, education and energy & resources.

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An astute lawyer with strong technical skills and a distinct client focus, information and communications technology and major procurement expert Helen Clarke specialises in innovative and commercially viable solutions.

She is consistently sought out by major government and private sector clients for her expertise in information technology, data protection (privacy), intellectual property, technology licensing, major procurement and outsourcing arrangements across a wide range of industries including health, financial services, education and energy & resources.

Experienced in advising on procurement strategy, tender and contract documentation and regulatory compliance issues, as well as post-transaction contract management and dispute resolution, Helen applies a thorough, pragmatic and commercial approach to her practice.

“Preeminent
TMT Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2016
Helen Clarke

Helen's Expertise

  • Queensland Health, and Queensland Hospital and Health Services Major ICT procurement, contestability reviews, clinical and facilities management services arrangements, health regulation and funding arrangements.

    Key projects include:

    Procurement of a State-wide pathology results reporting and management system, an electronic medical record system, a central financial management system, a clinical costing system, a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) and medical imaging transfer system, intensive care unit clinical information system, workforce planning tools and a capacity and workflow management system.

    Public and private hospital collocation and operating arrangements for the Gold Coast University Hospital.

    Contestability reviews for the contracted delivery of services at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

    Divestment and transfer of residential aged care facilities and transition care services.

    Elective surgery outsourcing arrangements.
  • Major procurement for Aurizon Advising on and documenting strategic procurement arrangements including business process outsourcing; core and business critical software licensing, development and support services; transport and freight services; track steel supply; and the development of standard procurement documentation.
  • Telecommunications for Ergon Energy Advising on all aspects of its establishment and ongoing operation of Nexium Telecommunications, a subsidiary providing wholesale and retail telecommunications services in Queensland, including regulatory and carrier licensing issues, access regimes, capacity supply and fibre use agreements with carriers and infrastructure owners including Queensland Rail, customer contracts, and competition law issues.
  • Data protection (privacy) advice and projects Helen lead privacy reforms projects and comprehensive privacy reviews for the likes of a major banking and insurance group, a big brand restaurant and franchise group and a major Australian airline, to help these organisations manage their obligations to comply with the Australian privacy law changes which took effect in 2014. She continues to advise across a wide range of privacy compliance and data security issues including privacy policies, internal privacy procedures and data breach response plans, offshore data disclosures, privacy complaints, data breach investigations and dealing with privacy regulators. Helen also assists clients to undertake privacy impact assessments when looking at new technologies, products and service offerings particularly in the digital space.

What others say

  • “Working with you has made our challenging task so much more achievable … your attention to detail and thorough, systematic and successful approach ... assisted enormously in turning around a very difficult situation.” Education sector client
  • “Preeminent – Leading TMT Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Telecommunications” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2017
  • “Best Lawyer - Information Technology” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2017
  • “2016 Lawyer of the Year - Telecommunications - Brisbane” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2016
  • “Recommended IP Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2016
  • “Leading TMT Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2015

Helen's Thinking

Helen's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Diversity Council Member
  • WiT (Women in Technology) Member
  • Editorial Panel Member LexisNexis Privacy Law Bulletin
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (ANZ) Member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Member and past Queensland committee member
  • Queensland Law Society Member