Shona Foster

Senior Associate


Shona is a commercial lawyer specialising in helping clients to get ideas, products, and services to market and to respond to change in the business and legal landscape. She has particular expertise in the interface between intellectual property (IP) and technology law.

Shona helps clients to commercialise new concepts, establish new relationships, and respond to change, by preparing and reviewing contracts across the entire value chain. Her expertise includes R&D agreements and IP licences, procurement, supply and distribution agreements, data-sharing agreements, privacy policies, and SaaS and other software licences.

Helping clients to play within the rules is also a big part of Shona’s practice. She regularly advises local and overseas clients on privacy, electronic marketing, data protection and retention, consumer law, fair trading laws, product claims, and label claims.

Shona is a strategic thinker who works with a diverse portfolio of clients across a broad range of sectors and industries, from start-ups to major New Zealand corporates and multi-national corporations. Known for her clear communication and straightforward approach, she is adept at delivering complex advice simply.

Prior to studying law, Shona held management roles in the research and IP commercialisation sector. After graduating from law school, she spent several years in a national IP firm before moving in-house. She has a deep knowledge of the commercialisation, agri-business, deep tech, research, and tertiary education sectors.

Shona is a former Trustee and New Zealand Regional Chair of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Career highlights

As senior legal lead, co-ordinating a team of subject-matter experts advising one of New Zealand’s major banks on compliance with the requirements of the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2019 across its business.

Co-ordinating the technology, privacy, and intellectual property due-diligence workstream for the acquisition of online booking technology firm Timely by US-based Evercommerce, a deal in excess of $100 million.

Advising an iconic New Zealand company on marketing and label claims for a suite of new products, including for compliance with the Fair Trading Act and New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulatory regime.

Advising a number of Australasia’s life sciences venture capital firms on the IP aspects of investments in new ventures in New Zealand, including preparing intellectual property licenses and research agreements.

Assisting a variety of companies, including start-ups, with their terms and conditions, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, end-user licences (EULAs), data-sharing agreements, privacy policies, and related compliance.

  • Member, Licensing Executives Society Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ)
  • Member, The Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand Inc (IPSANZ)
Achievements and recognition
  • Band 1 team, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Tier 1 team, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific