MinterEllison has played a leading role advising on large, business-critical outsourcing projects across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region –involving multiple suppliers, multiple stakeholders and complex cross-jurisdictional issues. Our team brings to projects a deep understanding of the commercial and industry drivers, legal landscape and best-of-breed processes and methodologies applied to outsourcing projects. Many of our practitioners have worked in-house or as part of commercial project teams. This expertise, together with our wide-ranging experience and deep industry knowledge, enables us to go beyond merely identifying legal risks, to assist clients with practical and commercial approaches and risk mitigation and allocation strategies, from the outset of each project.

Our client base is diverse. We advise on business process outsourcing and information technology outsourcing for suppliers and customers across all industry sectors, including the finance, telecommunications, resources, aviation, government, media, automotive, manufacturing and health industries.

We regularly assist clients with:

  • sourcing strategies and engagement models
  • due diligence and transition issues
  • preparation of sourcing documentation (including tender requirements and conditions)
  • risk analysis and mitigation
  • negotiation strategies
  • preparation and negotiation of contractual documentation
  • international procurement and cross-border regulatory issues
  • post-execution implementation and contract management.


This user friendly guide provides answers to some of the most common questions companies face when employing foreign nationals or nationals working abroad. Our Employment Law team dissect the legislation to give you clear advice on employment restrictions, recruitment checks and the 'permission to work' approval process. A step by step section will explain the rights, obligations and entitlements of both parties under the employment contract, including an overview of remuneration and bonuses, tax payments and lawful termination procedures.

1 August 2011

Many organisations are transferring non-critical applications to various cloud computing models, whilst still maintaining business critical applications within their current infrastructure. Cloud computing models exist along a spectrum that includes public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds and virtual private clouds (a private cloud existing in a public cloud).