CAMLA Committee Members
Norton Rose Fulbright
Martyn is a Partner in the Sydney office of Norton Rose Fulbright. He heads the telecoms and media group in the Asia-Pacific with some 24 years’ experience. His practice covers transactional, contentious and advisory. During both 2016 and 2017, he was awarded Australian Law Firm Partner of the Year for both the ‘Commercial’ and the ‘Telecoms, Media & Technology’ categories. He was a finalist for ‘Australian Deal Maker of the Year’ in both 2015 and 2016.
Bird & Bird
Bridget is a Senior Lawyer at Bird & Bird in the Corporate, Communications and Technology group. Bridget provides advice to clients in the e-commerce, telecommunications, media and IT industries, and to corporate customers acquiring such services. Bridget has particular expertise in assisting clients with transactions including mergers acquisitions, sales and joint ventures and distribution, licensing, software development and sponsorship agreements.
Caroline Lovell is responsible for NBN Co’s engagement with communications industry regulators on the formulation and implementation of the regulatory regime applying to NBN Co; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Media and Communications Authority and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman; and for engagement with NBN Co’s customers and other stakeholders on communications regulatory matters.
Treasurer & Public Officer
Katherine is a Senior Associate at MinterEllison specialising in intellectual property law, entertainment and media law and advising on the full spectrum of pre-publication content issues spaning copyright law and policy, commercial IP transactions, privacy, defamation, contempt and media content issues, disputes and risk management. Katherine also previously worked in-house as a Senior Lawyer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Blue Ant Media
Page is a corporate / commercial lawyer with more than 20 years in-house and law firm experience in and around the electronic media industry. She has worked in Australia, Asia and the United States for some of the world’s biggest media organizations, including News Corporation, Fox and Liberty Global. Page is currently General Counsel of the RACAT Group of companies, a ‘super indy’ production and pay television company with operations in Australasia, Asia and the Americas.
Gillian Clyde is an experienced film, television, broadcast, media and entertainment lawyer and senior manager, with extensive experience in copyright, contract, media and communications law. Gillian is currently Legal and Business Affairs Executive with Beyond International and was previously Corporate Counsel at Screenrights, the collection society which licenses broadcast television for educational use and retransmission. Gillian has also held senior management and legal positions at the UK Film Council and The Walt Disney Company in London.
Bird & Bird
Sophie is a partner at Bird & Bird. She has 20 years’ experience in advising on communications and telecommunications law issues. She regularly advises on privacy and publication law issues, including defamation law, and on media laws more generally. She has also acted for media and technology clients in a wide variety of media and technology related disputes including the Gutnick internet choice of law case, the Samsung patent case and an ICC international telecommunications arbitration as well as confidentiality, defamation and privacy disputes and investigations.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Jennifer Dean is a Special Counsel at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. She is a competition and regulatory lawyer with more than 10 years experience advising on matters relating to telecommunications, media and technology. During her career, Jennifer has worked in both government and private practice and specialises in sector-specific regulation, access to major infrastructure, competition and consumer law and media ownership.
Gilbert + Tobin
Rebecca is a Special Counsel in Gilbert + Tobin’s Intellectual Property group and is an experienced intellectual property litigator who has worked on some of the leading copyright cases in Australia. In addition to copyright, her focus is on trade mark litigation and Part V trade practices litigation. She has worked on a variety of enforcement matters for both national and international clients including the film and music industries. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Communications Studies) from the University of Newcastle. Rebecca was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and is a member of the Copyright Society of Australia and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia & NZ.
John is a Partner at MinterEllison and specialises in resolving complex intellectual property (IP) disputes, particularly in the media and telecommunications sector. This often brings him into contact with IP and regulatory issues arising out of new media platforms; online copyright piracy; and industry licensing schemes and disputes. John also handles matters involving privacy; biotech and computer technology; copy clearance and Australian Consumer Law disputes; and trademarks.
Eli Fisher is a Senior Associate in HWL Ebsworth’s IP/IT team. Eli is a commercial lawyer who specialises in intellectual property, competition and consumer, publishing, advertising and privacy laws. He has acted on a wide range of commercial and contentious matters, including for media and news organisations, music and entertainment companies, collecting societies, software developers, major FMCG retailers and eCommerce businesses. Eli is an editor of the Communications Law Bulletin, and also sits on the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia. He has completed a masters degree at UNSW, dual-specialising in Media & Technology Law, and Innovation Law.
Geoff Hoffman is a partner at Clayton Utz in the Corporate Advisory / M&A group based in Sydney.
Geoff has over 12 years’ experience advising clients on corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity fund raising, joint ventures, general corporate advice and ASX rules compliance. He has wide experience in transactions in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.
Debra Richards has over 25 years communications & media industry experience. Debra was appointed CEO of Ausfilm in January 2011 and previous to that was the CEO of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), the industry association for subscription television. She also spent over 13 years with the broadcasting regulator being the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
Anna is an experienced in-house media lawyer and is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Foxtel. She joined Foxtel in 2010 where she provides legal advice and support across a range of areas including content licensing, litigation, contract negotiations and policy and regulatory matters. She has a particular focus on copyright and anti-piracy and manages Foxtel’s site-blocking applications. Anna has been a member of the ASTRA Legal and Policy Committee since 2011. Prior to joining Foxtel, Anna spent four years at Minter Ellison in Melbourne.
Mark O’Brien Legal
Raeshell is a Senior Associate at Mark O’Brien Legal specialising in defamation, media and commercial litigation. She advises and represents news organisations, media clients and high profile individuals in defamation, copyright, confidential information, privacy, contempt, suppression orders and social media. Raeshell also provides pre-publication legal advice to media clients and presents legal training seminars to journalists and editors. Pre-law, Raeshell enjoyed a successful 15 year career working in sales and then production for some of Australia’s largest television and radio broadcasters including the Nine Network, Seven Network, WIN Television and the ABC. In 2014 she was nominated New South Wales Young Lawyer of the Year and in 2017 Raeshell was selected for appointment to the NSW Law Society’s newly established Privacy and Communications Committee. In 2015 Raeshell was elected as the first official Chair of CAMLA Young Lawyers, a position she held for two years. before her appointment to the CAMLA Board.
Communications Law Bulletin Editor
Victoria is currently a member of the Conference Organising Committee for the 2017 Australia New Zealand Sports Law Conference in October 2017. Victoria has co-edited the CAMLA Communications Law Bulletin for over 5 years and is currently looking after her two children full time. Prior to this Victoria was contracted as Legal Counsel for Fox Sports and was the Senior Legal Counsel at LOC for the Asian Cup. Before moving in house, Victoria was a Senior Associate in the technology, media and telecommunications team at Allens in Melbourne and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Sports Law Committee.
Rebecca is Special Counsel in HWL Ebsworth’s Commercial Team. She acts across a broad range of TMT matters, including telco, media rights, sponsorship, talent, marketing, technology procurement and technology services agreements. She also advises on general commercial arrangements and the IP/IT aspects of corporate transactions. Before joining HWL Ebsworth, she worked at FOX SPORTS Australia. Rebecca obtained her law degree from Oxford University and trained at Slaughter and May in London, including on secondment to ITV.