Esther Franks primarily handles technology, data privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, and commercial law matters. She advises on complex commercial, technology, and intellectual property arrangements, including licensing and joint ventures, procurement, and outsourcing as well as on intellectual property matters, e-commerce, consumer protection, and data privacy and cybersecurity (including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) legislation.

Ms. Franks has a wide range of expertise advising clients from various sectors, with a particular focus on AdTech, e-commerce and online services, health, technology, financial services, and the entertainment industries.

Ms. Franks previously spent four years in Latham's London office, and she has worked in-house on secondment at a global social network focusing on data protection and cybersecurity as well as a major global retail company and a multinational consumer goods company, acting as legal counsel for the respective global procurement functions, focusing on technology-related procurement.

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • New Zealand (Solicitor-Barrister)


  • B.Sc. in Pharmacology, University of Otago, 2010
  • LL.B. in Law, University of Otago, 2010