Media & Defamation

Over 60 years’ specialised defamation and media law experience, successfully representing individuals and companies in defamation and reputational matters.  

We are highly experienced in all aspects of defamation and media law including publications made on both electronic and traditional form media.  We are highly regarded for providing top-tier client outcomes without the big firm costs.

Led by industry veteran Robert McGirr and award-winning litigator Danielle Snell, we are well-known for our ability to balance sensitivity with tenacity in the negotiation and resolution of reputational matters.

We advise and represent individuals, professionals, high profile executives, parliamentarians, sporting and public figures and companies in all Australian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Victoria, Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia. 

Through embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and modern collaboration we have adopted a model where our clients are at the centre of everything we do and become part of the journey, rather than removed from it.

We have a high success rate of settling cases prior to trial and navigating expectations of various stakeholders in litigation to strategise and negotiate smart commercial outcomes.

Danielle Snell has been named Reputational Risk Lawyer of the Year in Australia by Global Law Experts for 2022.  This award is in direct recognition of her involvement in high stakes and high profile reputational issues, her significant depth of expertise and knowledge across all areas of media and defamation law and acclaimed reputation in the legal industry. 

Expertise

Concerns Notices under the Defamation Act 2005

Defamation liability and damages advice, including alleged defamatory publications on the world wide web and social media forums

Available options if you are concerned that you have been defamed or if you have been threatened with a defamation action

Advice as to offer to make amends include drafting and negotiating the form of apologies and retractions

Dispute Resolution

Court Proceedings

Reputational Risk

Privacy and Confidentiality matters

Vilification

Drafting Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Contempt of Court

Pre-Publication Advice

Urgent Injunction Applications

Applications seeking suppression orders

Freedom of Information Requests

Intellectual Property

Copyright-related matters

Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to collaborations, recording and production

Social media content related matters including licensing and development

Brand Collaboration Advice and Agreements

Expertise

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Concerns Notices under the Defamation Act 2005

Defamation liability and damages advice, including alleged defamatory publications on the world wide web and social media forums

Available options if you are concerned that you have been defamed or if you have been threatened with a defamation action

Advice as to offer to make amends include drafting and negotiating the form of apologies and retractions

Dispute Resolution

Court Proceedings

Reputational Risk

Privacy and Confidentiality matters

Vilification

Drafting Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Contempt of Court

Pre-Publication Advice

Urgent Injunction Applications

Applications seeking suppression orders

Freedom of Information Requests

Intellectual Property

Copyright-related matters

Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to collaborations, recording and production

Social media content related matters including licensing and development

Brand Collaboration Advice and Agreements

Since the firm launched, Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell have won multiple awards, including:

Danielle Snell. Managing Partner of the Year.

Managing Partner of the Year - Winner

Law Firm Leader of the Year <100 employees - Winner

Elit Lawyers. Litigation Team of the Year

Litigation Team of the Year - Finalist

NewLaw Firm of the Year - Finalist

Boutique Firm of the Year - Winner

NewLaw Firm of the Year - Finalist

Expertise in insurance disputes

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CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

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