As one of Australia’s most experienced media law practitioners, Justin has provided media law advice to Australia’s largest media organisations – helping them to mitigate risk when publishing and fighting court actions like defamation or contempt of court claims.  He is available 24/7 for pre-publication advice about all different mediums (print, online, television and radio) and gives advice across the country so he is familiar with laws in other jurisdictions.

Justin’s clients include News Corporation, Channels Nine and Seven, national radio stations, AFL media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Justin has a wealth of experience in defamation, contempt of court, suppression orders, urgent injunctions, confidential information claims, freedom of information requests, journalists’ sources, prepublication advice, defending breach of legislation claims and racial vilification claims.

"I’m a news junkie who loves and respects the media. I think that’s what helps me give the best possible advice and service to my clients – whether in the middle of the day or middle of the night!"

Significant matters

The Herald Sun – 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 – in Eatock v Bolt 2011 FCA 1103.

The Herald Sun, The Australian, Channels Nine, Seven and Ten, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Radio  – successfully sought permission to report matters relating to Adrian Bayley and obtained Court documents and video to assist in that reporting.

Michael Harvey and Gerard McManus – provided advice and representation during their case to keep their source confidential.

Bachelor of Laws, Monash University

Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

National Chair, Media and Communications Committee of the Law Council (Melbourne)

Committee Member, Melbourne Press Club

Member, Macpherson Kelley’s Media Industry Group

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