Fiona McCord

LinkedinSenior Associate

Fiona has a broad range of experience covering the areas of commercial, financial services and credit law.  She has worked in a range of positions across State and Federal Government Agencies, including ASIC and boutique and national law firms.  Fiona joined the Holley Nethercote team in August 2015.

Admitted to Practice


Key Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Credit Law
  • Financial Services Law
  • OTC
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity

Career Achievements

  • Running numerous successful litigation while at ASIC in the AAT, Federal and Supreme Courts
  • Working with technology specialists to facilitate the introduction of the national Business Names Register
  • Being part of a small OTC team within ASIC that involved advising the Commission and Government during the GFC


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Masters of Law

Favourite Quote

“Always be a first rate version of yourself rather than a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

My Thoughts

Data Breach Reporting – What you need to know as a Licensee

19 Mar 20

Australian Financial Services and Australian Credit Licensees are subject to data breach reporting requirements contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (“data breach law”). The law imposes a reporting obligation when an ‘eligible data breach’ occurs. …

As a credit licensee, can you sign the Annual Compliance Certificate?

18 Dec 19

If you are a credit licensee, you must lodge an annual compliance certificate with ASIC within 45 days of your licensing anniversary each year.  Your licensing anniversary is the anniversary of the day on which…

Current ASIC trends in AFSL and ACL applications and variations

05 Jul 19

Some of you reading may already hold a licence issued by ASIC, be it an AFSL, an ACL or both. If you’re not looking to set up a new business or expand your current business…

Mismanaging client data can cost you! Lessons to be learned from Equifax

30 Jun 19

Late last year, UK based Equifax Ltd was issued with a penalty of 500,000GBP by the Information Commissioner (UK) (the Commissioner) in relation to a privacy breach. The breach occurred under pre General Data Protection…

You’ve just suffered a ‘cyber’ incident – What Are the Legal Risks?

19 Feb 18

While it is natural to focus on restoring internal systems and security processes if a cyber incident arises, consideration must be given to the potential legal ramifications. Here are our top four cyber incident legal…

Why Australian Financial Services Licensees absolutely MUST prioritise cyber-resilience

17 Nov 17

12-18 November is Fraud Awareness Week, and once again, cyber-resilience is a hot topic.  As a licensee, do you wonder what you legally have to do?  Before we tell you, let’s start, as Simon Sinek…