John-Paul is recognised as one of Australia’s leading defamation lawyers, with extensive experience in matters involving breach of confidence, freedom of information, contempt of court, and contractual disputes.

He acts for high profile media organisations including News Limited, Channel 9, Channel 7, AFL Media and Radio 3AW and makes himself available 24/7 for urgent prepublication advice. He also regularly does appearance work in a range of Courts and Tribunals.

John-Paul demonstrates his commitment to pro bono work through his work with Justice Connect and regular work for public interest causes.

I fight passionately for the interests of my clients. Whether it’s about free speech or a commercial issue, I treat every case with care and dedication.

Significant matters

Channel Nine, Channel Seven and News Limited – acted in relation to suppression order proceedings in Sean Price murder committal.

High profile media individuals (including Neil Mitchell, Susie O’Brien and Hedley Thomas) – acted in relation to providing regular prepublication advice.

The Herald and Weekly Times – defended the Herald Sun and Andrew Bolt in major Supreme Court defamation trial.

The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and Andrew Bolt – in relation to Eatock v Bolt 2011 FCA 1103

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics / Physics), University of Melbourne

Member, Melbourne Press Club

Member, Victoria Racing Club

Member, Melbourne Cricket Club

Member, Macpherson Kelley’s Media Industry Group

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  • Defamation
  • Media Law
  • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
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