Helen Clarke Partner

Helen is leading technology, data and intellectual property lawyer.

She has a focus on digital transformation, technology procurement and outsourcing, data privacy and compliance, cyber security, telecommunications regulation and transactions, intellectual property protection, management and commercialisation, and technology driven transactions including new product launches. She acts for major private sector and government clients in a diverse range of industries including health, transport, financial services, telecommunications, education and energy and resources.

Helen is named as a Leading Individual – Data Protection in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.  “Helen Clarke is a respected expert in this practice area, who listens, is friendly and responsive and has a calm and considered approach and you can rely on her.” – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.



QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads

Advised on its A$371 million project for the procurement and delivery of a next generation ticketing solution for public transport.

Flight Centre Travel Group

Advised on its procurement of a new global land-bookings solution, to support its global digital transformation strategy.

Queensland University of Technology

Trusted adviser on major technology procurement projects, including its student management system (and migration of that system to the cloud).

Mercy Community Services

Advised on core technology procurement projects, including its HR management and payroll solutions and case management solution.

Mastercard International Inc

Australian privacy counsel on its US$ 825 million acquisition of Finicity, a global provider of real-time access to financial data and insights, and its acquisition of Dynamic Yield, McDonald’s personalisation platform.

Various multi-nationals

Australian privacy counsel on global regulatory reviews for new technology product and service launches, including Epic Games, Mastercard, ICONiQ Capital, Breville, Mylan, Tesla, a global cloud-based CRM provider, Geneva Chat, Far East Hospitality and American Outfitters Inc.

Big Four Australian Bank

Advised on a major data breach incident involving an IT outsource provider, and its strategy in dealing with the Australian Privacy Commissioner, regulatory action and options under contracts with third parties.

EcoTech Minerals

Advised on gold and antimony recovery research collaborations with the University of Newcastle, including intellectual property ownership, licensing and commercialisation arrangements.

Bolton Clarke

Advised on the health regulatory, technology, privacy and intellectual property aspects of its A$700 million acquisition of aged-care business, Allity.


Career & qualifications


  • Admission dates:  Victoria – 3 April 1995, NSW – 24 June 1996, QLD – 21 September 1999
  • High Potentials Leadership Program, Harvard Business School
  • Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Melbourne

Memberships and Associations

  • Board Member, Easts Rugby Union Inc
  • Member, Queensland University of Technology’s Law Advisory Group
  • Member, Queensland Law Society Privacy and Data Law Committee
  • Editorial panel of Lexis Nexis’ Privacy Law Bulletin

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Digital Bytes – cyber, privacy & data update

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