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After completing a media law elective at university, Corey Jankie knew straight away this was where he wanted to focus his legal career. Following a few years working in corporate law, Corey found his way to Macpherson Kelley’s media team and has never looked back.
Working on all aspects of media law, Corey loves that no two days are the same. Every day is a different story, literally. Helping clients to ensure their stories get published and are protected , Corey’s passion for the media industry drives his hardworking nature. He isn’t afraid of doing the extra work or having the uncomfortable conversations to discover opportunities and solutions where others may just see dead ends.
“We’re all passionate about the industry and that drives us to do the best work we can for our clients. Our clients don’t like to lose; Their cause is our cause. Their concerns are our concerns. Everyone is on board to roll up their sleeves to get the work done.”
Corey acts for media clients across all platforms including print, digital, television and radio and has appeared for clients in most Australian jurisdictions.
Corey gets to know his clients inside and out, developing a strong understanding of how they operate and their people at all levels. Corey speaks honestly and openly and builds strong and trusting relationships with his clients. Working with them is privilege to Corey, which is reflected in his commitment to achieve the best possible results for them.
all aspects of media law
David Otto sued the Nine Network, Gold Coast publications, Queensland newspapers and The Daily Mail for defamation. Mr Otto alleged the publications had conveyed imputations he was a con-man and had misled numerous vulnerable women. Corey managed a four-week trial in the District Court of NSW, representing the media outlets, where the clients were successful in every element of the case. Not only was this a significant freedom of speech matter, but it involved witnesses who were vulnerable, young women being asked to give sensitive and personal evidence. Corey and the team’s delicate management of these witnesses, ensuring all were properly cared for physically and emotionally throughout the case, helped these women feel empowered by the evidence they provided. Ensuring the wellbeing of these witnesses was as important to the clients as winning the case.
Atkinson Prakash Charan sued Nationwide News over an article publication published in The Australian newspaper, which he alleged conveyed he had engaged in unscrupulous business practices in the management of a group of registered training organisations. Corey was part of the team who discovered evidence and witnesses where there seemingly was none. The team then successfully defended the claim, in what became Victoria’s longest running defamation trial with 34 sitting days. Mr Charan appealed the decision, which was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in early 2019 and Nationwide News was awarded its appeal costs. Mr Charan then appealed the Court of Appeal’s decision to the High Court of Australia. This appeal was also dismissed, with costs by the High Court. In a situation where many media outlets would have just settled the matter, the team persevered and built a strong case, instilling confidence in the client to defend the claim and its publication. Corey and the team were able to achieve a win for the client, despite the initial difficulties in proving a concealed fraud.
Corey acted for Nationwide News, successfully avoiding a referral for contempt over comments from three Federal Ministers published in The Australia newspaper. The comments were critical of Victoria Court of Appeal judges who were considering an appeal of a sentence in a terrorism matter. Corey and the team carefully managed the client, guiding them through a raft of sensitive issues, including balancing the public’s right to scrutinise our judicial system and the importance of the community maintaining confidence in our judicial officers. In doing so, they were able to reach a successful outcome and avoided the publication being referred for contempt.