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Media, Defamation and Reputation

Media, Defamation and Reputation

Media, communications and defamation in Australia is highly complex and requires a thorough and expert understanding.

Having advised and acted in significant media and defamation matters (for both media organisations and individuals and entities the subject of publications), Automic understands the importance of reputation and that the court of public opinion counts.

Acting decisively and swiftly in addressing defamatory publications (actual or proposed) and reputational risk issues can greatly impact the nature and extent of any reputation damage and harm suffered. Equally, responding to allegations that publications are defamatory or cause reputational harm in a prompt and decisive manner can also assist in mitigating the risk of claims.  Automic recognises this and can provide prompt strategic advice and representation designed to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Automic Legal assists its clients with all aspects of media, defamation and reputational matters by providing strategic advice (both pre and post publication), reputation management, public relations, communication strategies, evidence-gathering solutions and representation in defamation proceedings (pursuing and defending).

Complimented by Automic Legal’s commercial expertise, Automic can also provide strategic and effective advice on licensing, broadcasting, production matters and documentation.

Media, Defamation and Reputation

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Our team

Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council

Alistair specialises in complex commercial matters that require careful strategic planning. An experienced commercial litigator with an outstanding record of success in contested litigation, Alistair also applies his exceptional black letter knowledge and analytical skills in transactional work. Alistair is known for his ability to cut through to the real issues and for giving clear and concise advice. He is trusted by some of Australia’s most preeminent business people to handle their personal legal affairs. Alistair is regularly engaged in matters involving serious risk to personal and corporate reputations and he has extensive experience in media sensitive matters. Prior to founding Automic Legal in 2010, Alistair worked at Freehills and was an Associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Alistair’s academic work has been quoted by the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and in leading Australian text books. Alistair has extensive experience advising ASX listed companies and their directors and is a member of the University of New South Wales Law Advisory Council.

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Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group

David is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings), equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and providing advice on corporate governance and compliance issues. He is sought out for his expertise and guidance across a range of legal, governance and ASX compliance matters that are commonly considered by the Boards of unlisted (pre-IPO) and ASX listed entities at every stage of their growth, from listings, secondary raisings and strategic acquisitions or investments. David is a trusted adviser to dozens of boards and executive teams across a range of industries, including technology, health care, industrials, e-commerce and mining. David is a member of Automic Group’s senior leadership team, and serves as its Chief Compliance Officer across the company secretarial, legal, registry and governance divisions.

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David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group
David Hwang

David Hwang

Principal | Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group
Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

Principal

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media

Victoria-Jane is a lawyer with extensive experience in all areas of commercial law and litigation and also spans the employment and media practices of Automic Group. Given Victoria-Jane’s breadth of experience, she is able to readily identify and diagnose legal issues and risks enabling her to provide strategic and pragmatic advice specifically catered to a client’s specific needs. Victoria-Jane acts for large institutional clients, publicly listed entities, small to medium businesses and individuals across the Federal and various State jurisdictions of Australia. In addition to her core areas, Victoria-Jane is also recognised for her transactional and corporate advisory work which is heavily informed by her understanding and experience in litigation and disputes. Victoria-Jane is a trusted advisor to her clients and known for her empathy and approachable manner.

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Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

Principal

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media
Victoria-Jane Otavski

Victoria-Jane Otavski

Principal

  • Commercial litigation, advisory and dispute resolution
  • Employment law and workplace practices
  • Defamation & media