Deidre is a highly experienced lawyer, with specific expertise in the fields of privacy and data protection, information, technology, and governance, as well as deep insight into government strategy and policy.

Deidre understands client questions from a broader legal, practical and political perspective. 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, then in-house with the Departments of Premier & Cabinet, Justice, and Education & Training.

Deidre drafted key Victorian privacy and data protection legislation. She has given 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 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.