Peter Fernando

Senior Associate

I am a senior associate in Duncan Cotterill’s commercial team, with broad commercial experience, including in the areas of information technology, contract, consumer, and intellectual property.

I assist public and private sector clients, helping them procure services and systems, commercialise technology and other products, or simply get business done. My technology law experience includes matters such as privacy/data protection, software licensing, and the legal requirements associated with the ever-changing online environment.

In addition, I also assist clients with M&A transactions, acting for both vendors and purchasers, and have particular interest and experience in relation to software-as-a-service and other technology businesses.

Clients appreciate my clear, pragmatic, and timely advice; my relevant knowledge and experience in the IT industry; and my focus on understanding the outcomes required and helping to develop solutions that are a great fit. Listed as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory for TMT, clients are quoted as saying:

  • "What stood out for me about Peter is how quickly he got to grips with the complex document automation we were developing together for Peter’s client. Peter was responsible for the legal drafting, while our company was doing the automation. Peter’s sharp intellect and inquiring mind meant he quickly understood how his drafting needed to fit with the technology." Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
  • "Peter Fernando was at the forefront of his previous firm’s use of artificial intelligence for contract review, and had clearly made a significant effort to understand how it worked, and how it could benefit him and his clients. Peter is one of the few ICT lawyers I’ve come across who actually likes to use technology himself. As well as having an excellent legal mind and a great personal manner, he makes an effort to understand how the technology works, and how it can help him and his clients." Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.

I was recognised as a NZ Lawyer "Rising Star" in 2022.