Ross Phillipson

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Ross Phillipson

Senior Advisor - Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


Ross Phillipson is a senior adviser in our risk advisory practice and is based in Perth. He provides integrated digital and technology operations risk advice. Digital and technology operations risks include privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, artificial intelligence, crypto-assets and distributed ledger technology. Ross is experienced in the critical infrastructure reforms and operational resilience. Ross joined the firm after nearly 19 years working for global multinational Procter & Gamble in London and Geneva.

Ross has deep expertise in legal and compliance risk management in digital and technology operations. His experience spans data protection and privacy, cybersecurity governance and incident management, eCommerce (including consumer protection, antitrust and trade relations), digital media and distributed ledger technology. This unique and highly specialised skillset in both legal and operational risk management was developed while working for P&G, a leading multinational Fortune 10 FMCG company.

Ross advises clients across all sectors on matters relating to privacy governance, compliance, operations and breaches, cybersecurity governance and incident management, critical infrastructure security reforms, compliance obligations and foreign investment, crypto-currency regulation and reporting, artificial intelligence governance and related corporate and compliance matters. Ross is involved in ESG matters, including the ethical and social impacts of digital technology and governance expectations of businesses using emerging technologies.

Prior to joining the firm, Ross created P&G’s first eBusiness legal group, focusing on complex legal and operational issues at the intersection of data, algorithms, consumer protection, antitrust, privacy and cybersecurity. In doing so, Ross was responsible for legal and operational risk advice across all P&G businesses from the UK to New Zealand. From the end of 2012, Ross led P&G’s European and APAC Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, guiding P&G through its GDPR and cybersecurity journey, as well as business tech law counselling and enterprise privacy and cybersecurity issues. From 2006- 2012, he spent six years in P&G’s Transactions group, supporting and leading M&A transactions, procurement, licencing and outsourcing deals and prior to this role, Ross worked in intellectual property, supporting P&G’s Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Beauty Care businesses from 2002 to 2006.

Ross is regularly sought after for industry speaking engagements, often commenting on the drafting and implementation of privacy laws like GDPR, their impact and implementation. He has also been involved in tech regulation and policy in Europe for nearly a decade and has worked in partnership with industry associations and government relations groups to ensure new legislation in the tech arena is fit for purpose.
20-21 October 2022

Protective Security in Government Conference