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International Women’s Day Edition of the Communications Law Bulletin


At CAMLA, we like to celebrate International Women’s Month, because we believe it deserves more recognition than just a single day.

In connection with this important time of year, we are excited to share a special edition of the CLB celebrating the many illustrious and diverse contributions of some of our industry’s leading women including:

The Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum, Justice of the New South Wales Court of Appeals
Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand
Rebecca Dunn, IP Partner at Gilbert + Tobin
Karen Hayne, Partner at Addisons
Anne Petterd, Partner at Baker McKenzie
Zeina Milicevic, Partner at MinterEllison
Emma German, Senior Legal Counsel at ViacomCBS ANZ
Shanti Berggren, Deputy General Counsel, Business Legal for Optus
Marina Olsen, Partner at Banki Haddock Fiora
Kate Barrett, Co-founder of Markster
Felicity Drexel, Legal Counsel for The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand
Alexandra Tselios, CEO and founder of The Big Smoke
Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi (Hot Brown Honey)
Cassandra Heilbronn, Regulation Legal Manager in Sports & Entertainment at the Royal Commission for AlUla in Saudi Arabia
Sophie Malloch, Director of Legal for Facebook Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
Sue Chrysanthou, SC Barrister at 153 Phillip Barristers
Jade Tyrrell, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Associate at Johnson Winter & Slattery
Clarissa Amato, Barrister and Member of Banco Chambers
Melissa Corbutt, Head of Legal APAC at Bravura Solutions
Melissa Quinn, Senior Corporate Counsel at Optus
Marlia Saunders, Senior Litigation Counsel at New Corp Australia
Claudia Wallman, Senior Legal Counsel at Spotify
Jenna Adamson, Legal Counsel at L’Oréal A/NZ
Rebecca Lindhout, Special Counsel at McCullough Robertson
Samantha Walker, Legal Counsel for NOVA Entertainment
Joelle Vincent. Counsel and Manager, Intellectual Property, APAC at Netflix
Courtney Scallan, Executive Counsel at Nine Entertainment Co
Lyndelle Barnett, Barrister at Level 22 Chambers
Rebecca McCloy, Director of Acquisitions and Sports Partnerships at Fox Sports
Natasha Howitt, Director for Production Security and Intelligence in APAC at Netflix
Tracey Scott, Deputy Commissioner at Australian Professional Leagues
Sophie Dawson, Partner at Bird & Bird

We’ve compiled a series of short interviews with around 30 leaders from a range of backgrounds and experiences across media, communications, IP, advertising, privacy, sport, entertainment and tech. We have celebrated the voices of brilliant women from the bench, the bar, private practice, in house, and executive roles. The CAMLA industries in Australia are driven by the intelligence, grit, warmth, leadership, talents and wisdom of many incredible women – and we can only capture a small sample of that in these pages.

One of our favourite questions asked is “who is one woman you really admire, and why?” If you’re reading this, think about celebrating International Women’s Month in 2021 by telling or emailing a woman you really admire to say that you look up to her, and what impact she has had on you.

We hope that we can repeat these special editions in future years and continue celebrating the achievements of women in our industry.

If this Special Edition has demonstrated anything, it’s that we certainly won’t struggle for examples. We’d love to hear how you celebrated International Women’s Day/Month. Please send us an email at – we’ll try to include some of the responses in the next edition. Do you have any photos from the day? Even better – we’d love to see them too.

Finally, thank you to the wonderful women who gave their time to be featured, and to the Young Lawyers who conducted the interviews. Happy reading!


Ashleigh and Eli

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