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The Macpherson Kelley Media team understands the media landscape has changed significantly in recent years with increased financial challenges, the advent of social media and a number of legal reforms.

Our team of renowned media lawyers are commercial litigators who act in many high profile media matters in all Courts in Australia. They have extensive experience in matters involving defamation, breaches of confidence, contempt of court, suppression orders, freedom of information, copyright, journalist sources, and a vast range of other media related matters. They are consistently rated for quality in the highest band possible by the exclusive global Chambers and Partners.

Priding ourselves on responsive, immediate and reliable advice, our team is available 24/7 for urgent pre-publication queries and that availability is called on by clients every day of the week.  It recognises that giving robust, customised advice is critical.

With one of the only national media practices, our major clients include the Herald Sun, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, Channel Nine, Channel Seven, Macquarie Media Limited, AFL Media, Leader Community Newspapers, and Southern Cross Austereo.

Recent Experience

The Herald Sun – Injunction

Sought and obtained an urgent injunction against the police to prevent them from executing a warrant.

The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and Andrew Bolt – Litigation

In relation to Eatock v Bolt 2011 FCA 1103.

The Herald Sun, The Australian, Channels Nine, Seven and Ten, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Radio – Pre-publication advice

Successfully sought permission to report matters relating to Adrian Bayley and obtained Court documents and video to assist in that reporting.

Channel Nine, Channel Seven and News Limited – Suppression order

Acted in relation to suppression order proceedings in Sean Price murder committal.

5 leading media organisations – Application for access

Acted in relation to an application for access to documents authorising the granting of the first preventative detention order in Victoria.

High profile media individuals (including Neil Mitchell, Susie O’Brien and Hedley Thomas) – Pre-publication advice

Acted in relation to providing regular prepublication advice.

Areas of expertise