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  1. Media and entertainment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Peter Bartlett - Minter Ellison
    • Kate Jordan - Clayton Utz
    • Kevin Lynch - Johnson Winter & Slattery
    • Leanne Norman - Banki Haddock Fiora
    • Andrew Stewart - Baker McKenzie
    • Robert Todd - Ashurst

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Walid Sukari - Clayton Utz

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At Ashurst, the ‘tireless’ Sophie Dawson and Anita Cade handle pre-publication and copyright matters for clients such as Nine Entertainment. Defamation specialist Robert Todd, who is well known in the market, was active for Nationwide News and Google.

Terrific litigator’ Andrew Stewart, at Baker McKenzie, was busy handling a number of disputes, including acting for the Guardian in defamation proceedings commenced by Rabbi Yosef Feldman; Stewart also handles regulatory work. ‘Excellent technical lawyer’ Adrian Lawrence, whose clients include APN News & Media, is the other name to note.

Allens has a ‘deep understanding of the media business and environment’, and in one highlight, advised FOX Sports on its acquisition of television, digital and mobile rights for the 2018 to 2022 National Rugby League seasons. Gavin Smith ‘clearly explains complex issues’ and Ian McGill provides ‘strong business-focused advice’.

At boutique Banki Haddock Fiora, practice heads Bruce Burke and Leanne Norman handle a strong defamation caseload on behalf of clients such as Fairfax Media and Network Ten. The team also provides pre-publication advice.

Clayton Utz is ‘pre-eminent in sports broadcasting’ and the team acted for the Australian Rugby League Commission in its sale of National Rugby League media rights for 2018 to 2022. ‘Standout’ Kate Jordan has ‘exceptional recall of key issues’.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s practice is led by Richard Leder, who specialises in defamation, contempt and pre-publication law. As well as handling various media-related disputes, Leder continued to advise the Conversation Media Group on its licensing arrangements.

Adelaide-based Peter Campbell at HWL Ebsworth provides a ‘quick turnaround and decisive advice’ to a range of film producers, television networks and publishers. Campbell is acting for News Corporation in defamation proceedings over an article regarding the termination of a CEO.

Practice head Kevin Lynch at Johnson Winter & Slattery is an ‘outstanding lawyer for defamation and contempt matters’. Lynch’s busy caseload includes defending Channel Seven in defamation proceedings brought by Edward Kang.

Minter Ellison’s team is led by Peter Bartlett, who advises on a range of matters, including media access to sporting and public events and defamation and breach of confidentiality actions. Fairfax Media is a key client.

Media boutique Simpsons Solicitors is well known in the transactional and copyright space, where it acts for the likes of Universal Music Group and the National Gallery of Australia. Important contacts include Adam Simpson, who has ‘exceptional knowledge of the publishing industry’, and Mark Bamford who joined from TressCox.

In 2015, Gilbert + Tobin’s team handled a mix of corporate advice and disputes work for clients such as Universal Music and Nine Entertainment. IP litigator Michael Williams leads on defamation matters.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Kristin Stammer and Rebecca Maslen-Stannage specialise in transactional work in the media sector. Maslen-Stannage advised Seven West Media on its A$650m rights issue.

At Kennedys, Patrick George regularly acts for plaintiffs in media disputes; for example, George advised Sandra Bullock on a potential action against Who Weekly Magazine for breach of privacy, copyright and confidential information.

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