Pre-publication and defamation specialists

A media-focused practice that retains a leading reputation in the field.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

The media sector is intensely competitive with organisations facing a number of critical legal issues to protect their competitive advantage, reputation and business strategies.

We act for industry leading television networks, newspapers, magazines, information technology companies, e commerce and multimedia providers, publishers and film companies.

We provide expert advice on all issues arising prior to publication and broadcast including defamation, contempt, copyright and trade practices and acting in litigation arising out of those issues.

  • Australian News Channel: acting for Australian News Channel (Sky News, Business Channel and A-PAC) across all aspects of its business. As well as providing pre-publication advice and acting in defamation claims, JWS handles ANC commercial work including negotiating and implementing channel, licensing, rights and other commercial agreements across a range of distribution platforms (including mobile and internet) and managing its trademark portfolio.
  • Channel Seven: representing Channel Seven in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and appellate courts in several high profile defamation proceedings arising from its news and current affairs programs.
  • Nine Entertainment Co: successfully defending NSW Supreme Court actions for defamation and injurious falsehood in news stories.
  • Nine Entertainment Co: acting on two sets of NSW Supreme Court defamation proceedings brought against Channel Nine by a well-known sports scientist in relation to news stories concerning allegations of sports doping.
  • Nine Entertainment Co: successfully defending NSW Supreme Court defamation proceedings brought against Channel Nine by David Glanville, a Queensland modelling agent, in relation to a news story containing allegations.
  • Nine Entertainment Co: defending two sets of NSW Supreme Court defamation proceedings brought against Channel Nine by a former Olympic swimming medallist relating to a news story broadcasting allegations that they had engaged in dishonest behaviour.
  • Mr Kim Williams (former CEO of News Limited): acting for Mr Williams in Supreme Court defamation proceedings in relation to a number of news stories concerning Mr Williams’ conduct as Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust.
  • Acting for a coalition of media interests including Seven Network, Nine Entertainment and ABC in opposing and challenging legislative suppression order made in the District Court of New South Wales.
  • Acting for a prominent internet search engine in defending defamation proceedings based upon the results returned in response to certain queries.
  • Reputation for tenacious handling of litigation on a range of media-related issues. Particularly notable experience of managing defamation proceedings. Clients range from large media corporations to high-profile individuals. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • "The firm's practice has significant media industry experience. It provides prompt, commercial advice. It is clearly the leading media litigation practice in Australia." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • "They are calm, orderly, precise and expeditious. They are well experienced in litigation, media law and defamation, and manage matters efficiently and with a minimum of fuss." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery fields a 'strong team with a deep knowledge of defamation litigation'Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014