Sandy leads our Corporate & Commercial and Intellectual Property (IP) practices. With over 50 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 Featured Articles

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September 11, 2023 Advertising Health Services
Corporate & Commercial Health & Aged Care
October 14, 2022 Lessons From Theranos
Corporate & Commercial
October 12, 2022 Vendor Safety Nets
Corporate & Commercial
October 06, 2022 Bind Games
Corporate & Commercial
July 12, 2022 Personal and Confidential Information: Employer Obligations to Employees
Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety Intellectual Property (IP)
May 02, 2022 Privacy Week - Top Tips
Corporate & Commercial Intellectual Property (IP)
April 27, 2022 Another DW Fox Tucker “Best Lawyer” Joins the List & Two More Are “Ones to Watch”
Firm News
March 30, 2022 Domain Names and Cyber Security
Corporate & Commercial Intellectual Property (IP)
September 20, 2021 Termination of the Naval Group’s Australian Contract: What It Means for Local Subcontractors
Corporate & Commercial Defence
August 17, 2021 Music to Artists' Ears: Palmer to Pay Up Big for "Flagrant" Copyright Infringement
Intellectual Property (IP)
June 30, 2021 When are Directors Liable for Misleading or Deceptive Conduct, Passing off, Trade Mark Infringement or Unconscionable Conduct?
Corporate & Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Intellectual Property (IP)
June 30, 2021 NFT’s Explained: The Intellectual Property Implications of Licencing Digital Assets Through Blockchain
Intellectual Property (IP)
April 19, 2021 Best Lawyers Australia: Celebrating Excellence
Firm News
January 20, 2021 Terms and Conditions for Sale of Goods/Incoterms® 2020 and Vienna Convention
Corporate & Commercial
December 16, 2020 King Reigns All: High Court Decides Holding Companies May Be Held Accountable for Subsidiary Company Actions
Corporate & Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
June 09, 2020 COVID-19: Companies Given the Temporary Right to E-Sign Agreements
Corporate & Commercial
May 21, 2020 COVID-19: Modern Slavery Statement Extension Granted
Corporate & Commercial
April 24, 2020 COVID-19: IT Security and Working From Home
Firm News
April 22, 2020 Best Lawyers Recognises Nine of DW Fox Tuckers Finest
Firm News
April 20, 2020 COVID-19: Transactions Involving Foreign Investment
Corporate & Commercial


International Bar Association

 – Committee Member

International Wine Law Association

 – Committee Member (former Vice President of Australian Chapter)

Law Council of Australia (Business Law)

 – Intellectual Property Committee Member

Law Society of South Australia

 – Commercial Law Committee and representative for the State Taxation Consulting Group

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia 

– Wine Industry Impact Awards Judging Panel


Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listings:

  • Preeminent Intellectual Property Lawyer – South Australia, Since 2017
  • Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyer – South Australia, Since 2015
  • Leading Agribusiness Lawyer – South Australia, 2016 , 2017, 2019 & 2020

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

What Client's 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

Police Health