Deidre is a highly experienced lawyer with recognised expertise in the fields of privacy and data protection, information governance and technology as well as deep insight into government strategy and policy. Deidre also practises in occupational and business regulation and private and public sector governance. She provides advice and services across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.

Deidre understands client questions from a broader legal, practical and political risk-based perspective. Her work includes consumer protection and privacy, compliance and privacy by design in ICT projects, CRM, confidential information, data access, transfers and sharing, data breach preparation and response, regulatory and legislative change and dispute resolution. Deidre’s professional involvements currently include serving as a Board/Panel/Advisory Council member in health and State Archives contexts.

For over a decade Deidre provided high-level, trusted legal advice and representation to the Victorian government, initially with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where she co-chaired the Technology and Data Protection practice group and acted for occupational and business regulators, then in-house with the Departments of Premier & Cabinet, Justice, and Education & Training.

Deidre drafted key Victorian privacy and data protection legislation. She gave legal, strategic and operational guidance to a large Victorian government department in relation to reform of its internal data collection, storage, disclosure (sharing), and data handling/security arrangements, and negotiated information sharing agreements with government entities in other jurisdictions. She was the senior legal adviser for all aspects of establishment, implementation, and governance of a new Victorian statutory entity, the Labour Hire Licensing Authority.

Immediately prior to joining Keypoint Law Melbourne in January 2021, Deidre ran her own privacy, information and governance consulting business, working with mainly non-government organisations to translate legislation, standards and contractual requirements into privacy, information and governance policies and practices that mitigate risk, such as compliant whistle-blower arrangements.