About us

Carwardine Legal is a law firm practising corporate, commercial and regulatory compliance law, and specialising in communications, internet, IT and engineering services.  Corporate clients in these industries, as well as those in other industries which have a requirements for this specialist knowledge, engage Carwardine Legal to provide high quality legal services and advice, and appreciate the firm's responsiveness, commercial understanding of their business, understanding of the specific needs of in-house counsel and ability to meet those needs.  Due to the firm's size and low cost base, clients also appreciate the firm's ability to offer flexible fee structures and unparalleled value.  The firm is based in Sydney, Australia.

The principal and sole legal practitioner of Carwardine Legal is Austin Carwardine, a lawyer with over 20 years' experience practising law in top-tier national and international law firms and in-house at large corporations including at General Counsel and Company Secretary level.  Importantly, Austin has many years' experience as a purchaser of legal services.  Prior to qualifying in law, Austin was a communications and software engineer.  Other members of Carwardine Legal's staff provide valuable administrative and office support to the practice.

Our Services

Drafting, negotiating and executing commercial contracts including
customer contracts, standard consumer terms (including SFOA),
vendor and IT contracts, carrier contracts (fixed, mobile and
MVNO), reseller agreements, service agreements and
outsourcing/offshoring contracts.

Managing, structuring, negotiating and implementing major projects including submarine cable and satellite projects.  Advising on indefeasible rights of use (IRUs), capacity use agreements (CUAs) and other submarine cable capacity purchase agreements, cable system supply tenders and contracts, spur/branch agreements, landing party agreements, marine maintenance agreements etc.

Planning, structuring, negotiating and executing corporate transactions include private equity mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, sale or purchase of shares, and sale or purchase of businesses/assets.  Providing advice on shareholders agreements, corporate structuring and establishing companies.

Providing advice, compliance training and compliance programs in relation to the Competition and Consumer Act (including the Australian Consumer Law), the Telecommunications Act, the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code (TCP Code), premium phone/SMS regulations, and Privacy, Do Not Call, Spam and other law and regulation relevant to the communications, internet and IT industries.

Assisting with compliance attestations, customer information
compliance statements and critical information summaries, and
developing compliance plans and compliance achievement plans,
under the TCP Code. 

Acting as a company director and company secretary.

Advising executives, general counsel and corporate counsel on legal and regulatory issues, including at a strategic level.  Advising in relation to intellectual property matters including copyright, trademarks and patents, and cloud computing and software-as-a-service issues.

Providing virtual general counsel or corporate counsel services to corporations that cannot justify a full-time employee in that role or that require temporary leave cover.

Our Principal

Austin Carwardine has over twenty-five years' professional experience as an engineer, commercial manager and lawyer. 

Industry news

A collation of industry news, developments and announcements from a legal perspective.


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