JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work, charitable donations and sponsorships.
In 2018, we celebrate 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
We assist clients in the intensely competitive media sector, where organisations face a number of critical legal issues to protect their competitive advantage, reputation and business strategies.
A media-focused practice that retains a leading reputation in the field.
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.
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.
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.
Successfully defending NSW Supreme Court actions for defamation and injurious falsehood in news stories; 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; 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; and 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.
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.
"[They have] significant media industry experience, [provide] prompt, commercial advice [and are] the leading media litigation practice in Australia."
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.
"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."
Johnson Winter & Slattery fields a 'strong team with a deep knowledge of defamation litigation'
On 16 October 2017, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 (Cth) was passed by Australia’s House of Representatives and granted Royal assent. Following the Royal...
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