Media & Entertainment

Our media team is recognised as a Band 1 media practice in Australia by Chambers Asia-Pacific.

We act for industry leading television networks, newspapers, magazines, information technology companies, e commerce and multimedia providers, publishers and film companies.

We provide expert advice on all issues relating to pre-publication and pre-broadcast matters, together with representing media defendants in relation to defamation, contempt, copyright and trade practices claims and litigation arising out of those issues. We have extensive experience in:

  • pre and post publication advice
  • defamation
  • advising on the Broadcasting Services Act and other media legislation and regulations
  • contempt and statutory offences
  • Press Council and ACMA complaints
  • privacy and related issues
  • opposition to injunctions and suppression applications
  • online and website issues
  • intellectual property protection
  • copyright infringement and moral rights
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • clearance of third party and underlying rights
  • business names, domain names and trademarks (including protection of mastheads)
  • contracts for performance rights, ancillary and merchandising rights.
  • Ranked as a Band 1 pactice for TMT: Media – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • A media-focused practice that retains a leading reputation in the field, (JWS) advises a well-known roster of media clients on issues such as pre-publication and defamation. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery fields a 'strong team with a deep knowledge of defamation litigation'. – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014