Areas of Expertise

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Media, Broadcasting & Entertainment, Intellectual property, Privacy, Sports law

Justin is one of Australia’s most experienced media law practitioners, practising exclusively in the area for approximately 25 years. Justin is highly sought after by high profile media entities for urgent advice on significant matters or to run large high stakes or high profile litigation. He is also extremely well regarded as a litigator and in particular, a strategic thinker.

Justin is a regular columnist for some of Australia’s largest newspapers and often called on as an expert commentator in the media.

Justin specialises 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.

He provides advice to most of 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 prepublication advice on a full range of mediums (print, online, television and radio) and gives advice across the country meaning he is familiar with laws in all Australian jurisdictions.

What others say

"Band 1, Media Law"
Chambers Guide 2011 - 2024
"He is one of the leading lawyers in his field."
Client testimonial, Chambers Asia-Pacific
"Extremely talented media lawyer with deep working relationships within our business and absolutely understands the culture and deadline-driven nature of our work."
Client testimonial, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Leading individual, Media and Entertainment
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024


Channel Nine

Successfully defended Channel Nine in relation to a defamation claim brought by the parents of Nadia Tabbaa, who featured in a 60 minutes broadcast detailing her forced marriage at the age of 13 an being held against her will after being tricked by her family into travelling to Syria. Justin and team acted for Channel Nine in the three proceedings, spanning almost five weeks, held in the NSW Supreme Court.

Nationwide News

Successfully defended Nationwide News, in what became Victoria’s longest running defamation trial, 34 sitting days. Atkinson Prakash Charan sued Nationwide News over an article published in The Australian newspaper, which he allegedly conveyed he engaged in unscrupulous business practices in the management of a group of registered training organisations. Justin and team successfully defended the claim. Mr Charan appealed the decision, which was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in early 2019 and Nationwide News was awarded its appeal costs.

Nine Network

Acting in a class action for the Nine Network in relation to an alleged breach of the Racial Discrimination Act involving approximately 450 potential claimants

Nationwide News

Successfully defended Nationwide News in relation to an award winning article published titled “Inside the house of Ibrahim: Unauthorised”. The article was published following an extensive undercover police operation by the Australian Federal Police that culminated in one of Australia’s largest drug busts. The drug bust involved various members of the infamous Ibrahim family, including John Ibrahim. The plaintiff, Daniel Taylor, John Ibrahim’s son, sued The Sunday Telegraph alleging that the article conveyed imputations that he was a mobster, a member of the mafia and a criminal involved in organised crime.