March 2nd, 2015

"For the third time in as many years, CAMLA held its Young Lawyers Networking Event which was proudly organised by the CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee. The winners of CAMLA's annual essay writing competition were also announced. The event was held on 17 February 2015 at Clayton Utz in Sydney and was attended by approximately 100 aspiring young lawyers with a keen interest in communications and media law. It was an inspiring and informative night culminating in relaxed networking drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee gathered a diverse panel of speakers to discuss their career progression and provide personal and professional insights from life in the industry. The panel comprised Michael Cameron (National Editorial Counsel, News Corporation Australia), Fiona Lang (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide ANZ), Leanne Norman (Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora) and Matthew Lewis (Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers) and was moderated by Hugh Brolsma (Senior Associate, Clayton Utz).

In addition to insights from the impressive panel, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the CAMLA essay competition winners which were selected from a record number of entrants. CAMLA President, Page Henty, presented awards to Sadaat Cheema of Clayton Utz for his essay “Why Australia Needs Site Blocking”, Ian Richards of The College of Law for his essay “Defamation Law and Corporate Plaintiffs: Revisiting the Corporation’s Right to Sue under the Uniform Defamation Laws” and Matthew Boyley of the University of New England for his essay “Australian Internet Data Collection – Are We Fighting to Protect Privacy Which Is Already Lost?”. Each essay will appear in upcoming issues of CAMLA's Communications Law Bulletin."

View pictures of the event here:

(a big thank you to Mandy Chapman, Beyond International for taking these)

Report by Alexandra Gilbert, Corporate Counsel, Bauer Media

February 23rd, 2015

Legalwise have offered CAMLA members a discount for their upcoming Film and Television Law seminar, Friday 27th March, UNSW CBD campus, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney. Please see downloads for the registration form.

February 6th, 2015

CAMLA member, Kieran Pender recently interviewed Victoria Wark in football magazine/website FourFourTwo about her role as Senior Legal Counsel with the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee:

You can read it here:

Victoria is also the co-editor of CAMLA's Communications Law Bulletin.

February 2nd, 2015

CAMLA's Young Lawyers committee are again holding a key networking opportunity for young lawyers and those new to the media and communications industries.

Our panel, comprised of the following fascinating and accomplished speakers, will talk and answer questions about their career paths and professional highlights:

  • Michael Cameron (National Editorial Counsel, News Corporation Australia)
  • Fiona Lang (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide ANZ)
  • Matthew Lewis (Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers)
  • Leanne Norman (Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora)

The finalists of the CAMLA essay competition will also be announced on the night




Tuesday 17th February 2015
6:00pm for 6:30pm
Clayton Utz, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney
$20 per person (incl gst)
Register here by 10th February.



December 10th, 2014

CAMLA Young Lawyers representative, Mandy Chapman, caught up with David Sullivan and Nick O’Donnell, two senior in-house lawyers working in global media organisations, to discuss their roles and anticipated trends and challenges on the horizon for 2015.
This Q & A is available here

To receive the entire issue of the Communications Law Bulletin, join CAMLA!
Members also receive discounted rates to CAMLA seminars. Visit the 'membership' section or email

November 28th, 2014

President: Page Henty (RACAT Group)

Vice President: Caroline Lovell (NBN Co)

Vice President: Bridget Edghill (Bird & Bird)

Treasurer/Public Officer: Martyn Taylor (Norton Rose Fulbright)

Secretary: Geoff Hoffman (Clayton Utz)

Board members:

  • Gillian Clyde (Media and Entertainment Lawyer)
  • Sophie Dawson (Ashurst)
  • Jennifer Dean (Corrs Chambers Westgarth)
  • Ryan Grant (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Lynette Ireland (Foxtel)
  • Larina Mullins (News Corp)
  • Debra Richards (Ausfilm)
  • Gulley Shimeld (Henry Davis York)
  • Sarah Strasser (NBN Co)
  • Rebecca White (Selborne Chambers)

Ex Officio

Nick O'Donnell (Yahoo!7)

Ex Officio and Communications Law Bulletin Editors

  • Valeska Bloch (Allens)
  • Victoria Wark (Asian Cup 2015)


November 28th, 2014

CAMLA celebrated end of year drinks on Thursday 20th November. It was a great night kindly hosted by Henry Davis York on their fabulous rooftop. Please see here for the speech from 2014 President, Page Henty (General Counsel, RACAT Group). Page will be continuing in the role as CAMLA President in 2015.



November 21st, 2014


1st prize: $1,000 and a 1 year CAMLA membership

Entrants are encouraged to submit 1000 to 3000 words on their chosen topic.

The purpose of this essay competition is:

  • To reward original thought in the areas of communications and media law and policy.
  • To encourage high quality work in communications and media law courses and practice.
  • To improve links between those studying and commencing work with more established practitioners.

Please click here complete entry details.

Due date: Wednesday 14th January, 2015 to or CAMLA, PO Box 237, Kingsford NSW 2032

November 4th, 2014

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