Rebekha Pattison

Partner

Canberra, Australia

Rebekha specialises in administrative and public law, statutory interpretation, regulatory investigations and general commercial disputes. Rebekha is a trusted advisor to a number of federal government departments as well as private sector clients, particularly those operating in highly regulated industries (such as telcos and utilities).

Rebekha has particular experience representing the Commonwealth government and private companies in litigious administrative law matters. Rebekha also has experience providing advice on complex issues of statutory interpretation and also regarding proposed legislative amendments for public and private sector clients, along with not-for-profit organisations. She has developed numerous sets of guidance material for both government departments and private companies when implementing or needing to comply with new, complicated regulatory regimes.

Rebekha regularly assists private sector clients managing and responding to regulatory investigations, including dealing with the ACCC, the ACMA and advising in respect of compliance activities.

Rebekha also has specialised experience advising on privacy, secrecy and information security issues for government departments, multinational corporations, small businesses and non-for-profit organisations. Privacy and information security is a key focus for Rebekha, who regularly provides training to clients on privacy and other data protection laws, and assists with regulatory investigations in these areas.

Rebekha's work highlights include

  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources: Acted for the Department in defending applications for review before the AAT and other contentious decisions over the past twelve years.
  • Private Sector Client: Involvement in a significant, multi-year investigation by the ACCC into suspected breaches of a regulatory instrument. As part of this matter, Rebekha has worked intimately with the client over a number of years (including in house as part of the project team) assisting this organisation to understand the scope of its obligations and developing recommendations for remediation where non-compliance was identified.

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