I believe in the power of technology to effect positive changes in legal practices. I am experienced in the legal knowledge cycle (records, document and knowledge management), client relationship management, and legal practice management systems. I design and implement systems to help lawyers be more effective. My legal practice includes ICT contracting, data protection and freedom of information, financial regulation, and derivatives, securities and other financial instruments.
I am a keen participant in NewLaw trends, including alternative service models, alternative legal sourcing, new technologies and the impacts and opportunities arising from these trends.
New Zealand Transport Agency, Buddle Findlay, Partners Group (UK), Companies Office, and Ministry of Economic Development.
Areas of Expertise
- ICT/TMT law
- Data protection/Freedom of information/Privacy
- Open data
- Software and data licensing
- Corporate and commercial (especially contracting)
- Financial regulation
- Occupational regulation
- Securities and derivatives
A closely-held Companies Act for New Zealand (2007) 38 VUWLR 543.
New Zealand Securities Law Update, ALB, December 2011.
You can read my thoughts on the intersection of law and technology at www.newlaw.nz.
Miramar Rangers AFC
What Matt Farrington's clients say
When Airways had a lawyer go on parental leave, Matt came in to help: We are so grateful to have someone of Matt’s calibre providing parental leave cover. He’s full of fresh ideas for ways to enhance our systems and his creativity, knowledge, pragmatism and obvious personal enthusiasm for all things “tech” mean he brings real wisdom and perspective to our ICT contracting (and other commercial contracting) work. I had approached Juno looking for someone to help us maintain status quo during a team member’s absence, but I got someone who enhanced our operations.
General Counsel, Airways
Matt has been such an asset to the team in this time of transition and I would love to keep using him when we require additional capacity from time to time if that works. Thanks to Matt, you and Juno for helping us out. It has all worked really well from my perspective.
General Counsel, NZME
Matt's deep understanding of the drivers of an in-house team, and the needs (and wants!) of its lawyers, was instrumental in the successful implementation of new systems. Matt was a delight to work with through-out - knowledgeable, proactive, efficient among many qualities - with an ability to understand both the legal and the 'techie' perspectives (our IT people are still gutted that he's gone) and translate that into a fit for purpose solution for our team. I can thorough recommend Matt to anyone who wants to improve their systems and processes.
Former Chief Legal Counsel, NZTA