Patrick Atkinson

Patrick is a commercial and technology specialist with over 13 years' experience in Australia and Europe. Patrick advises clients on commercial transactions involving outsourcing, procurement, information technology and intellectual property. Patrick's clients operate across a range of sectors, in particular infrastructure, health, property and financial services. Patrick also acts on corporate and M&A transactions, with a particular focus on IP and IT issues, transitional and separation issues and ongoing supply arrangements.

Relevant Experience

Information Technology, Outsourcing and Procurement

Patrick's experience in the technology and outsourcing space is extensive. He is a trusted adviser in assisting clients to manage business critical programs such as outsourcing, core systems replacement and long term services agreements.

  • Confidential Banking client: advising client in relation to the reset of its Application Service Provider (ASP) panel including significant renegotiation of agreements with its ASP providers. This matter involved substantial changes to the client's engagement model and included establishment of a new shared off-shore delivery centre, the ability to allocate projects and call on resources flexibly between ASPs and to request project delivery through the client's preferred "agile" methodology
  • Confidential Banking client: advising in relation to major services agreements with respect to management of cash and ATMs including with respect to transportation, storage and handling of cash and ATM supply, servicing and monitoring
  • Primary Health Care: advising in relation to the medical imaging subcontract awarded to Primary Health Care in relation to the Northern Beaches Hospital
  • NorthWestern Roads Group: advising on agreements for the replacement of WestlinkM7's tolling system and provision of NorthConnex' tolling system through design, delivery and operation of a tolling bureau (as-a-service) solution
  • Stockland: advising on the Stockland group’s business process outsourcing
  • WestlinkM7: advising on IT procurement projects (including roadside system upgrades) and tolling and customer management agreements, and associated privacy-related matters
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia : advising on a number of IT procurement contracts as a member of their in-house team in Sydney
  • Woolworths: advising Woolworths on significant IT and procurement projects and brand licensing and purchase arrangements
  • NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS): advising RMS (and its predecessor RTA) on a range of IT, procurement and outsourcing projects

Mergers & Acquisitions

Patrick has extensive experience advising on the technology, IP and operational aspects of M&A transactions, in particular in the infrastructure sector

  • Transurban: advising in relation to Transurban's $475 million acquisition of the Cross City Tunnel
  • Transurban Queensland: advising in relation to Transurban's $1.87 billion acquisition of Brisbane's AirportLinkM7
  • Transurban-led consortium: advising in relation to the $7 billion acquisition by a Transurban-led consortium of Queensland Motorways (including the concessions for the Clem Jones Tunnel, Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway and Go Between Bridge)
  • NorthWestern Roads Group: advising in relation to technology procurement and related project documents for the unsolicited proposal to build and operate NorthConnex
  • Confidential client: advising the underbidder on the proposed acquisition of the Swisse vitamins business
  • Far East Orchard: advising in relation to Far East Orchard's $225 million investment in the Toga Group (operator of the Medina Serviced Apartments, Adina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels and Travelodge Hotels brands)
  • Novomatic: advising in relation to Novomatic's €300 million investment in Ainsworth Game Technology


  • 2002: Bachelor of Arts (Literae Humaniores), University of Oxford
  • 2003: Postgraduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, London
  • 2004: Legal Practice Course (Distinction), BPP Law School, London
  • 2008: Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol

Practising Certificates

  • 2018: Australia - NSW (expires 30 June 2019)
  • 2017: England/Wales - UK (expires 31 October 2018)


  • 2016: High Court of Australia
  • 2016: Supreme Court - NSW - Australia
  • 2007: Senior Courts - England/Wales - UK

Career History

  • 2005 - 2007: Trainee Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
  • 2007 – 2011: Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
  • 2011-2012: Legal Adviser, Mallesons Stephen Jaques / King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
  • 2012 – Present: Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

Professional memberships

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Society of England and Wales


  • 7 May 2012 - 16 Jul 2012: Commonwealth Bank of Australia


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