Biography

    Andrew is a technology lawyer, digital expert and partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Tech + IP group specialising in Technology + Digital.

    Andrew advises on a wide range of technology and digital projects, including:

    • privacy, data and AI
    • cloud computing / XaaS
    • systems development and integration
    • IT and business process outsourcing
    • telecommunications and data centres
    • automated vehicles and drones
    • government procurement
    • internet regulation, including government surveillance and online safety. 

    His work also includes advising on these kinds of data and technology issues on strategic M&A transactions. 

    Andrew particularly specialises in advising entities operating in regulated sectors (including financial services, health and telecommunications), and helping them navigate the intersection between commercial and regulatory demands.  This experience will be relevant to a wider range of sectors with the proposed introduction of new Critical Infrastructure Laws that will cover a wide swathe of the Australian economy. 

    Andrew also specialises in modern slavery laws and is a key point-of-contact for modern slavery compliance and reporting.

    Legal 500 2020 states: “Andrew Hii is no-nonsense, does not over service, is extremely thorough and is a pleasure to deal with.”

    Andrew holds a Master in Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

    Andrew’s experience includes:

    • An Australia Big Four Bank on its whole of business technology outsourcing arrangements as well as its telecommunications outsourcing arrangements.  This work also included advising on APRA Prudential Standards matters (CPS231, 234) relevant to the transaction. 
    • An Australia Big Four Bank on a multi-supplier procurement for the deployment of SD-WAN across its Australian corporate and branch network. This is one of the first, and largest, enterprise implementations of software defined networks in the Australian market. Andrew also advised on its transformation of the network infrastructure environment of its other domestic sites to SDWAN as part of its Domestic Network Transformation project.
    • KKR on its proposed acquisition of its 55% interest in Colonial First State from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
    • Hollard Group on its proposed acquisition of the CommInsure general insurance business from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, including its 15-year strategic alliance to distribute home and motor lines of business to CBA’s customers and related data sharing arrangements.
    • NSW Government on its new whole-of-government telecommunications procurement arrangements. 
    • NSW Government on its new Cloud Purchasing Framework that seeks to centralise and optimise the procurement of large scale cloud services by NSW government agencies.
    • NSW Telco Authority on the Critical Communications Enhancement Program, an upgrade of the entire NSW Government Radio Network which provides radio communications to emergency responders in NSW. This radiocommunications system supports emergency services throughout the State.
    • Transport for NSW on the acquisition of a new transport management system as part of the NSW Government’s Intelligent Congestion Management Program.  This new system will ingest data from a variety of sources and use AI to predict congestion issues across all modes of transport. 
    • A NSW Government entity on a procurement dispute, which included advising on the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW). 
    • Healius Limited, one of Australia's leading ASX listed healthcare companies, on the procurement of a new laboratory information management system which will transform the way that PHC’s laboratories operate; and on the implementation of business process outsourcing (BPO) of its  accounts receivable and general accounting functions.
    • Advising a range of Australian and international clients on their respective obligations and reporting under modern slavery laws.
    • A number of Australian and international clients on their respective obligations under mandatory data breach laws in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

    Named Information Technology “Lawyer of the Year”

    BEST LAWYERS AUSTRALIA 2022

    Recognised in Information Technology Law and Outsourcing Law

    BEST LAWYERS AUSTRALIA

    “Andrew Hii is no-nonsense, does not over service, is extremely thorough and is a pleasure to deal with.”

    LEGAL 500 ASIA-PACIFIC 2020