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Sandy Donaldson


Sandy leads our Corporate & Commercial and Intellectual Property (IP) practices. With over 40 years of experience and a particular interest in wine, agribusiness, ICT and private health insurance, he is able to advise on commercial and IP issues of all kinds.

These range from corporate fundraisings and due diligence for asset acquisitions to competition and consumer law, privacy issues and advising technology companies and research centres on the commercialisation of new technologies. Sandy’s vast expertise and experience also includes advising clients on a range of taxation issues, including the tax implications of transactions, structuring options and estate and succession planning.

Sandy has accumulated numerous individual accolades, including recognition in Best Lawyers Australia in the areas of Intellectual Property, Corporate Law and Agriculture & Rural Affairs, and acknowledgement as the “patriarch” of SA’s IP market in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Sandy's Expertise

Corporate & Commercial

Intellectual Property (IP)



Wills & Estate Planning



Family Business


International Business




Start-ups & Emerging Enterprises


Science & Technology

What Clients Say

It is my pleasure to provide this testimonial for Sandy Donaldson. My company, Police Health has engaged with Sandy and his team for the last 20 years and the length of that relationship speaks volumes for its value to the company and the individuals who have had the pleasure of working with him. Sandy really believes in ensuring the best outcome for his clients and the energy and expertise that he applies to his work is second to none. Sandy (and I ) clearly enjoy building relationships that are based on trust and respect, this relationship allows for frank and open dialogue, teamwork and high level engagement. All of these qualities are essential to an optimal outcome.

Peter Shanahan
Chairman - Police Health
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Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listings:
Preeminent Intellectual Property Lawyer – South Australia, 2017

Leading Intellectual Property & TMT Lawyer – South Australia, Since 2012 – Preeminent

Leading Agribusiness Lawyer – South Australia, 2016 , 2017, 2019 & 2020

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Best Lawyers in Australia Listings:
Adelaide Intellectual Property Law Lawyer of the Year, 2016 & 2019

Adelaide Agriculture & Rural Affairs Lawyer of the Year, 2018

Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Since 2011

Commercial Law, Since 2018

Corporate Law, Since 2011

Intellectual Property Law, Since 2011

Information Technology Law, Since 2018


AAAlogo largeAgribusiness Association of Australia (AAA)

aiia-logoAustralian Information Industry Association SA – State Council Member

web-anzcn-header-logoAustralian & New Zealand College of Notaries

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1ipsanzIntellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) – Committee Member

International Bar Association LogoInternational Bar Association – Committee Member

logoaidv-c2015-001International Wine Law Association – Committee Member (former Vice President of Australian Chapter)

Law Council of Australia LogoLaw Council of Australia (Business Law) – Intellectual Property Committee Member

Law Society gold logoLaw Society of South Australia – Commercial Law Committee and representative for the State Taxation Consulting Group

Licensing Executives Society Australia & New Zealand (LESANZ) – Former President

Notaries Society of South Australia

wine-ind-suppliersWine Industry Suppliers Australia – Wine Industry Impact Awards Judging Panel


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