Sophie Dawson Partner

Sophie is an experienced media, information technology and privacy partner with an emphasis on advice and disputes.

She has extensive experience in advising and acting for companies and agencies in relation to matters including defamation, intellectual property, privacy and law reform advice and disputes. 

For many years, Sophie has been recognised as a leading TMT lawyer in directories including Chambers Asia-Pacific,  Asia Pacific Legal500, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and Doyles.

Sophie is co-author of Thomson Reuter’s Media & Internet Law & Practice and is the current author of the Internet title in Laws of Australia. She is a past president of the Communications and Media Law Association and is a current member of the UTS Centre for Media Transition Advisory Board.



Computer games companies

Acted for some of the world’s leading computer games companies in taking actions against unauthorised modders for copyright infringement.

Information technology clients

Acted for major information technology and telecommunications companies on strategically important disputes including intellectual property and project disputes.

Media organisations

Acted for media organisations in defamation and copyright proceedings, including leading the team which successfully defended an injunction main TV format rights.

Major international/Australian media companies

Advised and acted for major international and Australian media and internet companies in relation to major law reforms including defamation and privacy law reforms.

Confidential company

Advised on privacy compliance, disputes and investigations, including in relation to substantial data breach matters.


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws (first class honours) Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of New South Wales

International Experience

  • Worked as a partner of a major global firm for 6 years prior to joining JWS


  • Co-author, Media and Internet Law and Practice, Thomson Reuters
  • Current author, Internet title, Laws of Australia
  • Lead author 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions of the Australian chapter of Media and Entertainment Law Review
  •  Assisted major media and internet companies with submissions to Australian privacy law reforms, defamation law reforms, and other media and internet law reforms over a period of more than 20 years including the most recent reforms


  • Shielding Journalistic Integrity Amid Rapid Information Spread and Defamation Challenges, Legalwise Film & Television Conference  13 March 2024
  • Privacy Law Reform in Australia, Legalwise Media Law Conference 29 November 2023

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