Lucinda Watson

Special Counsel
Practice areas
Contracts and commercial
Intellectual property law
Technology law
Public and administrative law
Technology, media and telecoms
Government procurement
NFPs and NGOs

Lucinda Watson is a special counsel in Moulis Legal’s Brisbane office, providing strategic insight and expert knowledge in large scale information and communication technology (ICT) outsourcing transactions, complex procurements, and health-related product acquisitions. Lucinda adds great value to the business of our cross-border, commercial, government procurement, and intellectual property clients in both the public and private sectors.

Lucinda has over 15 years of experience in contract/risk management, IP, data protection, privacy and dispute resolution. Lucinda’s role includes:

  • Drafting approaches to market and complex contracts and agreements, including licence agreements and funding arrangements.
  • Advising on tender evaluation processes.
  • Assisting with the negotiation of contracts, and providing related advice.
  • Advising on the management of procurement processes and transactions.
  • Appropriate risk management/mitigation strategies and procedures for process integrity (probity).

Lucinda’s client experience ranges from large government organisations, to telecommunications, Big 4 accounting firms, software and pharmaceutical companies. She has extensive knowledge of major commercial procurements in Australia and internationally, gained from previous positions including Counsel, Global Technology & Sourcing with the in-house legal department of BP (London) and as a senior associate in one of Australia’s largest national law firms.

Lucinda’s current focus is on working with Commonwealth Government clients under our Whole of Australian Government Legal Services Panel arrangements, and on special projects for State and Territory governments and private sector clients. As well as her core work in ICT procurement, she is experienced in health-related product acquisitions, health and sports technology, data protection, privacy and contractual disputes.

Outside the office, Lucinda enjoys yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Knowledge pieces by Lucinda Watson
Negotiating government contracts – you have more power than you think

The intricacies of government procurement can ensnare the unwary, transforming opportunity into liability. In this newsletter we delve into critical considerations organisations should be aware of.

Boardroom Breakfast Series | Contracting with Government

The Brisbane 2032 Olympics will generate $180 billion in government contracts. Is your business game-ready to compete in this unprecedented opportunity to work with the government, realise new revenue streams and achieve business growth?

Check your carbon credits – ESG green shoots or greenwashing?

Investors, employees, customers and consumers are requiring greater environmental sustainability from companies they interact with. Unsurprisingly companies are responding to the demand to be more environmentally responsible, one way or another. One of the important commercial responses is through the generation and trading of carbon credits.

Government procurement processes back in the spotlight

The Australian National Audit Office (“ANAO”) has published a report on “Procurement by the National Capital Authority” looking at the effectiveness of its procurement activities. While the findings are no doubt disappointing for the National Capital Authority (“NCA”), the report provides valuable reminders for all Australian Government entities regarding procurement best practice and pitfalls to avoid.

Government tender processes…the devil’s in the detail

In 2020-21 there were 84,054 contracts published on AusTender with a combined value of $69.8 billion. If you add to that Commonwealth contracts below the reporting thresholds and State and local government procurement activities (not to mention government grant processes), there is no doubt that selling to government presents considerable opportunity for businesses.

IP rights no ‘straight-jacket’ in research collaboration contracts

Recent reports have suggested that businesses partnering with universities for grant funding under Australia’s $2.2 billion University Research Commercialisation Package will be required to agree to standard-form contracts with mandatory intellectual property (IP) retention clauses they may not like.

Fair shake of the (digital) sauce bottle – Australia’s news media bargaining code

It has been a dramatic month for social media in Australia, with Facebook unexpectedly blocking all news content and some government and emergency department accounts.

Confession chosen as the cure for government grant grievances

In many countries, using government grants to influence voting preferences is almost a national sport.

Terminating a contract – when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em

It was reported on 11 January 2020 that the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America has terminated its contract with a Trump Organisation relating to the hosting of the 2022 PGA Championships at a golf course owned by a Trump Organisation.

Cyber risk, sustainability and SMEs feature in new government contract rules

Important changes to Australian Government procurement come into effect on 14 December 2020. They require Australian Government officials to consider new factors in deciding how to award valuable contracts to tenderers.