JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
Johnson Winter & Slattery is engaged by major businesses, investment funds and government agencies as legal counsel on important transactions and disputes throughout Australia and surrounding regions.
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We support a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
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We assist clients in the intensely competitive media sector, where organisations face a number of critical legal issues to protect their competitive advantage, reputation and business strategies.
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 arising prior to publication and broadcast including defamation, contempt, copyright and trade practices and acting in litigation arising out of those issues.
Our client was sued in the Supreme Court of Victoria by high profile Australian entertainer, Rebel Wilson over defamatory material published in eight separate articles across a number of Bauer titles. At trial, Ms Wilson received a record damages award including sums for loss of income and aggravated
damages. Bauer was overwhelmingly successful on appeal, reducing the damages award by circa 90%. The Court of
Appeal proceedings were of concern to the wider media industry who applied for leave to appear as “interveners”.
Responding to proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland over alleged publication of search results on its “Bing” search engine. The case is the latest in a line of Bing related actions, including ongoing Victorian Supreme Court proceedings brought by Milorad Trkulja and the South Australian Supreme Court proceedings brought by Dr Janice Duffy.
Acting in defamation proceedings brought in the Supreme Court of New South Wales by prominent Northern Territory detainee, Dylan Voller, against Seven West Media Limited. Voller’s action was over a Facebook “comment” in relation to a Seven West news report posted by Seven West Media on its Facebook page.
The plaintiff ’s formulation of the claim gave rise to novel questions about responsibility for a third party’s post on a Facebook page operated by an established media company.
Our client is the defendant in the Supreme Court of Australia commenced by Dr Janice Duffy. As with Dr Duffy’s actions against Google LLC (which went to the Court of Appeal in South Australia) and proceedings against Microsoft Corporation (which we also act for in separate proceedings) the material complained comprises search results on the client’s search engine.
Ranked as a Band 2 Firm in TMT: Media Law.
"They are very responsive and commercial, very quick to attend to any task, and do so very well. They are a little more agile, including as to responsiveness, than larger firms."
Kevin Lynch is ranked as a leading Media lawyer.
Kevin Lynch’s “responsiveness from initial contact and the manner in which he dealt with me personally and professionally was on a level I've never previously experienced. He understood the complexities and letters of law, while acknowledging, managing and being consistently cognisant of the personal and emotional relevance of the matters at hand."
“A deep talent base and exceptional technical expertise.”
Ranked Tier 2 in Media and Entertainment.
Kevin Lynch is recognised as a leading lawyer in the area of Media and Entertainment.
Kevin Lynch has the ability to "take a situation and immediately come with a commercially sensible and practical solution."
"Excellent breadth and depth of capability."
Kevin Lunch is an “outstanding lawyer for defamation and contempt matters”.
"They have been very responsive and their advice very helpful and sound, and their legal expertise and advice on defamation was great."
Kevin Lynch is a “shrewd operator with sound judgement” who attracts much praise for his “attention to detail, hands-on approach and sense of humour”.
“Very strong media practice.”
Following a hearing in February this year, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the Voller case on 24 June 2019 and the result is intriguing for a host of reasons.
With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on
culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate
remains a priority...
On 16 October 2017, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 (Cth) was passed by Australia’s House of Representatives and granted Royal assent. Following the Royal...