Former News Corp senior counsel joins Thomson Geer’s Media team

14 September 2021


Thomson Geer is pleased to announce media and intellectual property lawyer Marlia Saunders has joined its Media team as a Partner.

Marlia comes to Thomson Geer from media company News Corp Australia, where she was Senior Litigation Counsel, having previously worked at a top-tier law firm for 13 years.

She joins Partners Justin Quill and John-Paul Cashen who brought their Media team to Thomson Geer last year. The firm has the biggest media law team in Australia representing the largest and most well known media organisations in the country.

Thomson Geer Chief Executive Partner Adrian Tembel said: “We’re excited to have Marlia join us and bring her considerable experience, insights and expertise in the media sector – both in-house and private practice – to the firm.”

Marlia, who is based in Sydney, said she looked forward to representing the interests of clients as they navigate Australia’s complex media law environment.

“Helping the media to overcome the challenges they face bringing news and content to people is hugely rewarding and satisfying,” she said. “I’m honoured to be a Partner of one of Australia’s leading media law practices.”

Justin said he and John-Paul were “rapt” to have Marlia join the team.

“We operate in all jurisdictions and Marlia will be enormously beneficial to ensure we continue to provide absolutely top quality and cutting edge media law services to our clients all around Australia,” he said.

Marlia is a champion for free speech and has been at the forefront of Australia’s recent media law reforms. She’s also a board member of the Communications and Media Law Association.

She has worked on some of the most significant matters involving the media recently, including the Dylan Voller proceedings in the High Court concerning Facebook comments, the Geoffrey Rush defamation case and the Cardinal George Pell contempt of court proceeding.

In addition to her media expertise, Marlia has extensive experience advising and acting on intellectual property matters relating to copyright, trade marks and consumer law and has assisted companies with sponsorship, production, content licensing and marketing and advertising arrangements and has advised on privacy issues.