Recent Work

  • Appearing for a city councillor in a three-week defamation jury trial in the High Court
  • Appearing for a company director and obtaining unanimous jury verdicts in a four-week defamation trial in the High Court, and obtaining a successful judgment on appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • Obtaining a settlement for a civil servant against a government department that included payment of damages, costs, an apology and retraction of the defamatory statements
  • Advising several parliamentarians on prospective defamation proceeding
  • Obtaining a settlement against a learning institution that included payment of damages, costs and an apology
  • Obtaining a judgment for $535,000 in damages in a defamation proceeding arising out of Facebook and a forum-based website
  • Obtaining a unanimous jury verdict for $270,000 in the High Court in a defamation proceeding brought in respect of an internationally sold book
  • Obtaining a six-figure settlement in relation to defamatory postings made on a forum-based website
  • Obtaining a large settlement for several government employees arising out of public statements made by heads of department
  • Obtaining court orders for the permanent removal of defamatory content from blog and forum-based websites
  • Overturning a High Court defamation judgment in the Court of Appeal and then successfully resisting an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court
  • Vetting for defamation risk several feature-length films, including an internationally acclaimed documentary
  • Advising an investigative journalist on a magazine article in relation to defamation risk, suppression orders, breach of privacy and contempt of court
  • Preventing a defamatory broadcast being screened on primetime television
  • Advising litigants on proceedings against overseas-based search engines and social-media websites