Trent Dykes

I'm a senior associate in the Intellectual Property and Technology team in Sydney, practising in the technology, strategic sourcing, data protection and privacy and consumer protection spaces. I enjoy the problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration involved in helping clients achieve their goals and objectives.

I grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales, a couple of hours north of Sydney. I studied law and forensic science at the University of Newcastle, and moved to Sydney after university to work in the in-house legal team at Westpac, one of Australia's largest banks. After working in the commercial, technology and IP team at Westpac for three years, where I worked closely with business stakeholders on a range of transformation projects, I moved into private practice.

In my role at DLA Piper, I've worked with startups on developing privacy policies, website terms and other commercial agreements that enable them to operate and grow their businesses; worked with our corporate colleagues to advise companies and investors on IT, IP and data protection aspects of acquisition and investment targets; and assisted corporates  in pursuing corporate venture capital models to develop and implement a range of supporting commercial arrangements to maximize the value of their strategic investments, including data sharing, distribution and co-branding arrangements.

Outside of work, I'm a keen cook and a sporting tragic — I'll watch (almost) any sport. I also love bushwalking and lazing at the beach and I'm trying to build up from an enthusiastic (but unfit) runner to a finisher of a half marathon.