"I enjoy helping clients learn and understand how the law impacts them and their businesses, and look forward to working closely with you to find simple and practical solutions to effectively navigate through our increasingly complex and highly regulated world"

Rebecca Sandford

Principal Lawyer | Head of Corporate & Commercial
Rebecca is the Head of the Corporate & Commercial team and joined Coulter Legal in February 2023 after moving to Geelong from South Australia, where over the last 12 years she developed diverse experience touching on almost every area of commercial legal practice, involving multiple jurisdictions (local, national and international) and a wide variety of industries.

Rebecca’s practice now has a strong focus on intellectual property law, privacy and technology law, competition and consumer law, and risk management. She regularly advises on a broad range of contractual matters, assists clients to participate in mediations and conciliations, and has experience in managing and advising on major litigation, investigation and regulatory projects. Her clients range from individuals and small businesses through to large corporations, not for profit entities and public or governmental bodies including local councils, as well as state and federal government agencies.

Rebecca’s innovative, service-led philosophy whilst operating in dynamic, technically complex environments has led to her becoming known as an astute, efficient and commercially minded professional, with a knack for strategic thinking and a highly personal, empathetic and collaborative approach in her dealings with clients, colleagues and stakeholders.

Rebecca has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law in Australia in 2020, and as a Recommended Lawyer in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law in SA in 2022. Rebecca’s experience includes defending and pursuing copyright, trade mark and patent infringement claims as well as claims for passing off, misleading and deceptive conduct, and misuse of confidential information. She provides risk management advice to clients seeking assistance with intellectual property and brand protection issues, as well as advising in relation to ACCC and ASIC investigations and proceedings, and with respect to various state and Federal statutory obligations, authorisations and notifications.

Rebecca advises in relation to impacts of social media, privacy law issues, governance queries and freedom of information requests, and has experience advising government departments and agencies with respect to competition law issues and competitive neutrality considerations. This includes having acted for the SA Government in relation to the competition law aspects of the $1.6 billion commercialisation of the State’s lands titling and valuation services.

In addition to her legal practice, Rebecca has represented and led large and complex organisations and participated in governance and strategic policy development for bodies of various size and composition. This includes her role as the 2021 President of the Law Society of South Australia, where she was proud to lead, contribute to and drive the Society's advocacy actions and strategic direction (including a strong focus on a diversity, inclusion and wellbeing agenda), and to represent the profession in engagements with the community, media, government, judiciary and other stakeholders. Rebecca enjoys helping to build better community outcomes through volunteering, which has included various board roles, mentoring via the LSSA, YWCA, Flinders University and MentorWalks, and pro-bono work for JusticeNet. She is a non-executive Board Member for the MS Society of SA and NT, was an inaugural member of the Flinders Law School Advisory Board, previously sat on Boards and subcommittees for the Law Council of Australia, Spence Club Inc and the Women Lawyers Association of South Australia, and is a co-founder of Women At The Table, a not for profit group established in 2017 to foster business and career opportunities for South Australian women.

Rebecca is a regular speaker and writer on legal issues, and provides training in risk management and governance issues to clients, industry bodies and other professionals.