Media & entertainment


We act for industry leading television networks, newspapers, magazines, information technology companies, e-commerce and mutlimedia 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 practice 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
Reputation for tenacious handling of litigation on a range of media-related issues. Particularly notable experience of managing defamation proceedings. Clients range from large media corporations to high-profile individuals.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
"The firm's practice has significant media industry experience. It provides prompt, commercial advice. It is clearly the leading media litigation practice in Australia."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
"They are calm, orderly, precise and expeditious. They are well experienced in litigation, media law and defamation, and manage matters efficiently and with a minimum of fuss."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
Johnson Winter & Slattery fields a 'strong team with a deep knowledge of defamation litigation.'
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014

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