Rick Shera

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Rick is a leading New Zealand business, information technology and media lawyer (particularly internet and privacy law), and has a first class masters degree in internet and copyright law. He is the first lawyer to have obtained the IT Professionals, CITPNZ certification. He combines this with general corporate, commercial and business expertise derived from close working relationships with business clients for over 25 years, including in governance roles.

Rick has significant expertise in advising clients on general business, corporate and governance matters as well as on privacy, licensing, open source, creative commons, online commerce, website operation and processes, joint ventures and IT and intellectual property commercialisation and collaboration arrangements. He acts for listed and unlisted companies, startups, private individuals, telcos, ISPs, cloud service providers, media companies, publishers and authors, webdesign houses, software and app developers and network providers/integrators. He provides IP, IT and general corporate, commercial and governance advice to businesses and to their directors and shareholders as well as acting for individual clients.

Augmenting his core legal practice, Rick has significant governance and business development experience. He is chair of Netsafe, New Zealand's world leading not-for-profit cybersafety and cybercitizenship NGO, which is also the approved agency under New Zealand's "cyber-bullying" legislation, the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. He is a founding director of Crown Company, The Network for Learning Limited and has been an advisory board member of the National Library of NZ's DigitalNZ operation. Rick has also been appointed as an establishment board member to advise the Minister of Communications and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the formation and eventual structure of New Zealand's first CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). He was a founding member of the Auckland District Law Society's Technology and Law Committee and is a past vice president of InternetNZ, where he was part of the working group responsible for the introduction of New Zealand's current shared registry domain name structure. Rick also headed up the team responsible for policy development of New Zealand's domain name dispute resolution service. In 2017, Rick was made an honourary Fellow of InternetNZ for outstanding contribution to the Internet in New Zealand.

Apart from his membership of the above organisations, Rick is also a member of IT Professionals and a fully chartered member of the institute of Directors.

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Rick Shera LLB, M.Com.Law (Hons). CITPNZ, CMInstD

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Rick is a leading New Zealand business, information technology and media lawyer (particularly internet and privacy law), and has a first class masters degree in internet and copyright law. He is the first lawyer to have obtained the IT Professionals, CITPNZ certification. He combines this with general corporate, commercial and business expertise derived from close working relationships with business clients for over 25 years, including in governance roles.

Rick has significant expertise in advising clients on general business, corporate and governance matters as well as on privacy, licensing, open source, creative commons, online commerce, website operation and processes, joint ventures and IT and intellectual property commercialisation and collaboration arrangements. He acts for listed and unlisted companies, startups, private individuals, telcos, ISPs, cloud service providers, media companies, publishers and authors, webdesign houses, software and app developers and network providers/integrators. He provides IP, IT and general corporate, commercial and governance advice to businesses and to their directors and shareholders as well as acting for individual clients.

Augmenting his core legal practice, Rick has significant governance and business development experience. He is chair of Netsafe, New Zealand's world leading not-for-profit cybersafety and cybercitizenship NGO, which is also the approved agency under New Zealand's "cyber-bullying" legislation, the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. He is a founding director of Crown Company, The Network for Learning Limited and has been an advisory board member of the National Library of NZ's DigitalNZ operation. Rick has also been appointed as an establishment board member to advise the Minister of Communications and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the formation and eventual structure of New Zealand's first CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). He was a founding member of the Auckland District Law Society's Technology and Law Committee and is a past vice president of InternetNZ, where he was part of the working group responsible for the introduction of New Zealand's current shared registry domain name structure. Rick also headed up the team responsible for policy development of New Zealand's domain name dispute resolution service. In 2017, Rick was made an honourary Fellow of InternetNZ for outstanding contribution to the Internet in New Zealand.

Apart from his membership of the above organisations, Rick is also a member of IT Professionals and a fully chartered member of the institute of Directors.

A social media law conversation
26 July 2017

No Right to be Forgotten under Harmful Digital Communications Act
27 February 2017

Dotcom Decision: Some Initial Observations
21 February 2017

Rubbing Salt in the Cox Wound
16 February 2017

First Major Harmful Digital Communications Act case to be appealed
31 January 2017

Testimonial

Rick is the person I direct every single one of my customers to when they ask the inevitable "do you know a good lawyer ?" question. His domain expertise with regard to IP, the internet and all of the things in-between is legendary and his ability to explain often complex legal "stuff" in plain English is just one of the things that sets him apart in his field. I have had the good fortune to work with Rick on a number of projects and very much look forward to this continuing into the future. Brett Roberts - Datacom