Philip Catania

Partner. Melbourne.

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Recognised for his practical, proactive and risk-focussed approach, Phil has acted for some of Australia’s leading organisations in IT and IP matters.

With a refreshingly personable attitude, he is able to provide expert advice in a manner which puts clients at ease during high pressure situations.

These skills have come to the fore when acting on matters such as notable IT outsourcing programs for NAB, GE Capital, WA Water Corporation; IP licensing requirements for Woodside Petroleum Ltd; and data privacy issues for many multi-national organisations.

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Recognised for his practical, proactive and risk-focussed approach, Phil has acted for some of Australia’s leading organisations in IT and IP matters.

With a refreshingly personable attitude, he is able to provide expert advice in a manner which puts clients at ease during high pressure situations.

These skills have come to the fore when acting on matters such as notable IT outsourcing programs for NAB, GE Capital, WA Water Corporation; IP licensing requirements for Woodside Petroleum Ltd; and data privacy issues for many multi-national organisations.

Phil’s combination of expertise, experience and attitude has garnered recognition from leading industry guides.

“He gets deep into the issues and gives his technical views on very complex matters” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Philip Catania

Philip's Expertise

  • IT outsourcing program for Water Corporation (WA) Acted for Australia’s largest utility by area, the Water Corporation, on its IT outsourcing program in 1996 and subsequent renewals and tenders to date
  • NAB IT infrastructure outsourcing to IBM Acting for NAB in its western outsourcing to IBM of its data centre operations and other IT infrastructure.
  • GE Capital IT outsourcing to CSC Acted for GE Capital in its local IT outsourcing to Computer Sciences Corporation under the auspices of its global master IT outsourcing agreement.
  • NBN Co Ltd. equipment procurement Advised NBN Co. in its procurement of both passive and active equipment for Australia’s national broadband network.
  • IP licensing for Woodside Petroleum Ltd Advised Woodside in relation to IP licensing for LNG plants.
  • Multinational privacy issues Advising the Australian arm of many multi-national organisations, in respect to data privacy requirements.

Philip's Thinking

What others say

  • “Melbourne Outsourcing Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Outsourcing and Telecommunications” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Information Technology” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2008-2016
  • “He gets deep into the issues and gives his technical views on very complex matters” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Formidable experience in the technology sector advising multinational organisations on outsourcing agreements and data privacy issue” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - TMT: Information Technology” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2008-2015
  • “Melbourne Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014
  • “Described as having extensive experience and knowledge of our business” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Leading Lawyer - TMT” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2007-2012
  • “Proactive, risk-focused, practical and personable” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2010/11
  • “Philip has acted in some of Australia’s major IT implementations and represents some of Australia’s leading organisations in IT and IP matters, including worldwide ERP implementations and the resolution of IT disputes.” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Highly rated individual in the IT field, noted for his ability to provide high-quality and commercial advice in a timely manner. He has extensive expertise in e-commerce, copyrights and trade marks.” Chambers Global Guide, 2010

Philip's Leadership

  • International Technology Law Association Australian Local Representative
  • Deakin University Law School Advisory Board Member
    Business Leaders Group, Vice Chancellor and Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Partner-In-Charge, Melbourne
    Executive Leadership Team Member
    United Kingdom Focus Group Co-chair
    India Focus Group Member