February 18th, 2014

CAMLA's Young Lawyers Event 2014 - another 'sell out'! By Hugh Brolsma, Clayton Utz

CAMLA's second event for young and junior lawyers was held on 11 February 2014 at Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and was well oversubscribed and attended!

Organised by CAMLA's Young Lawyers Committee, the evening took a light-hearted panel format comprising Toby Ryston-Pratt (Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, NBN Co), John Corker (Visiting Fellow, UNSW), Andrew Stewart (Partner, Baker & McKenzie), and Sandy Dawson (Barrister, Banco Chambers) and was moderated by Ryan Grant (Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie). The panellists provided the audience with fascinating insights into their career journeys so far and advice to young lawyers as to where their law degrees and experience may take them.

The event also included the presentation of awards for the prize-winners in the CAMLA essay competition. Prizes were awarded to Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch of Baker & McKenzie for his essay entitled "Does Australia need  a ‘right to be forgotten’ ?", Kanin Lwin of The University of Sydney for his essay entitled "Australia’s Privacy Principles And Cloud Computing: Another Way" and to Michael Douglas of The University of Western Australia for his essay entitled "Intervention of Media Organisations in First Instance Proceedings: A Matter of Natural Justice". The essays were judged by representatives of private practice, industry and academia. Awards were announced and presented by CAMLA President, Page Henty.

By all reports the panel presentation, synopses of prize winning essays (and of course plentiful refreshments) we enjoyed by all, with many looking forward to the next event. Particular thanks must go to each of the panellists for their time, insights and advice, and to Baker & McKenzie for hosting the event.

View pictures of the event here.

February 14th, 2014

The CAMLA Board members for 2014 are:

• President: Page Henty (NHNZ / ZooMoo)
• Vice President: Jeremy Briscombe (Yahoo!7)
• Vice President: Caroline Lovell (NBN Co)
• Treasurer/Public Officer – Martyn Taylor (Norton Rose Fulbright)
• Secretary – Geoff Hoffman (Clayton Utz)

Committee members:

• Anita Cade (Ashurst)
• Gillian Clyde (Media Lawyer)
• Bridget Edghill (Truman Hoyle)
• Lynette Ireland (Foxtel)
• Larina Mullins (William Roberts)
• Nick O’Donnell (Yahoo!7)
• Johanna O’Rourke (Corrs Chambers Westgarth)
• Debra Richards (Ausfilm)
• Gulley Shimeld (Henry Davis York)
• Sarah Strasser (NBN Co)

And Communications Law Bulletin editors, Valeska Bloch and Victoria Wark are continuing in their role and are now ex-officio CAMLA Board members.

CAMLA would like to thank outgoing board members, Shane Barber and Andrew Stewart for many years of service to the association.





January 30th, 2014

This event has sold out. If you would like to go on the waitlist please contact camla@tpg.com.au

Our speakers will share their career path, discuss their current role and professional highlights:


  • John Corker (Visiting Fellow/Lecturer UNSW)
  • Sandy Dawson (Barrister, Banco Chambers)
  • Toby Ryston-Pratt (Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, NBN Co)
  • Andrew Stewart (Partner, Baker & McKenzie)

Law firms and media companies are encouraged to send younger colleagues to what promises to be a fun and inspiring evening.


Tuesday, 11th February 2014

6:00pm for 6.30pm start, followed by drinks


Baker & McKenzie

Level 27, A.M.P. Centre

50 Bridge Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


The winner of CAMLA Essay competition will also be announced on the night.


Please RSVP by Friday 7th February by one of the following options:

1) Event attendance- $10.00 (includes GST) – RSVP here or take advantage of the membership offers below:

2) CAMLA New Lawyer membership offer- $45.00 (includes GST)

- Entry to Young Lawyers event
- CAMLA membership for one year which includes an annual subscription to the Communications Law Bulletin and a discount on all CAMLA seminars.
This introductory rate is available to new members only who are in their first 5 years of practice (taken from date of admission) and available for the first year of membership only.
RSVP/sign up to new lawyer offer here

3) CAMLA student membership offer- $45.00 (includes GST)
- Entry to Young Lawyers event
- CAMLA membership for one year which includes an annual subscription to the Communications Law Bulletin and a discount on all CAMLA seminars.
Available to full time students who provide their student number and educational institution.
RSVP/sign up to student offer here

4) If you would like to pay by cheque or have any enquiries, please contact camla@tpg.com.au or 02) 9399 5595

October 28th, 2013


The Communications and Media Law Association is again holding an essay competition over the summer of 2013-2014.

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 starting out working with more established practitioners.

Essays meeting the following criteria are eligible for prizes as determined by the judging panel:?

Essays must relate to communications or media law.

Essays must be the original work of the author.

Essays must be previously unpublished (which may include an essay completed by a student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, possibly as part of that course).

Essays must be between 1,000 – 3,000 words (inclusive of all footnotes, annexures, attachments and bibliographies).

Topic selection:

Essays may address any issue relevant to CAMLA and its members. Entrants should consider the commercial, legal, policy and regulatory context of their chosen topic. Essays may draw on relevant international examples (where appropriate).

The judging panel:

Essays will be judged by a panel of three judges (a representative of academia, industry and the legal profession), each a member of CAMLA. Essays will be evaluated on criteria including original thought and analysis. The judges may determine not to award some or all of the prizes. The judges’ determinations will be final.


Prizes will be awarded to the best three essays as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1,000 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 2nd prize: $600 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 3rd prize: $400 and a 1 year CAMLA membership

CAMLA will also arrange travel and accommodation in Sydney for interstate finalists.

Some or all of the prize winning essays, edited in consultation with the author, may be published in the Communications Law Bulletin.

The awards will be made at a special CAMLA Young Lawyers event to be held in Sydney in January 2014* where the finalists will be given the opportunity to speak briefly on their essay topic and enjoy the evening with CAMLA members.

Submission of entries:

Only 1 essay per person may be submitted.

Entries will be accepted by email or post only.

The name, address, email, telephone and fax contacts and the tertiary institution and course in which the author is enrolled (if applicable) should be included either on a separate, detachable sheet or in the covering email.

Entries are to be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 to:

CAMLA Essay Competition


E-mail: camla@tpg.com.au

* Location and date to be advised

Tags: CAMLA, Students, young lawyers

October 18th, 2013

CAMLA Members AGM and End of Year drinks

Thursday 28th November

5:45pm - AGM

6:30pm - End of Year drinks

Level 28
Deutsche Bank Place
Corner of Hunter and Phillip Streets, Sydney

RSVP by Thursday 21st November 2013 to Cath Hill on 02) 9399 5595 or camla@tpg.com.au

Many thanks to Allens for hosting this event.


September 3rd, 2013


L to R: CAMLA lifetime members: Ros Gonczi, Mark Armstrong and Victoria Rubensohn

You can now view the photos from the 2013 CAMLA Cup and 25th anniversary celebration.

Thanks to Louisa Vickers, ‎Legal & Business Affairs Executive at Beyond International and
Debra Richards, CEO at Ausfilm for capturing a great night.

If you would like to add (or delete!) any photos to this album, please email  camla@tpg.com.au

CAMLA Founder, Mark Armstrong was presented with a lifetime membership on the night in recognition of his contribution to the organisation. Mark wrote a great letter about CAMLA which can be viewed here.

August 30th, 2013

It was a wonderful evening incorporating the ever popular and always fun CAMLA Cup trivia night hosted by dynamo Debra Richards. We thank Debra and the organising committee – Anita Cade, Cath Hill, Marlia Saunders and Gulley Shimeld and to the staff at Doltone House who took good care of us. Thanks too to Lynette Ireland for being the legal quiz master and judge.


Bruce Meagher, Director of Corporate Affairs at Foxtel delivered a highly entertaining state of the nation address and CAMLA President, Caroline Lovell presented to lifetime memberships to CAMLA legends:


  • Mark Armstrong (CAMLA founder)
  • Victoria Rubensohn (Former CAMLA President)
  • Ros Gonczi (Former CAMLA Administrative Secretary)


Congratulations to the CAMLA Cup winner: McCullough Robertson’s “TelMacs” team!

A special mention goes out to Deanne Weir for taking out two ‘Who am I’ questions.


A photo gallery of the evening will be posted here in the near future.

Thank you to Louisa Vickers from Beyond International who kindly stepped in to take some excellent shots for us.


The annual CAMLA Cup could not be possible without the support of our prize donors. CAMLA would like to thank the following firms and organisations for their generous contribution:





Baker & McKenzie

Channel Nine

Clayton Utz

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Discovery Channel

Fox Sports


Gilbert + Tobin

Henry Davis York

International Institute of Communications, Australia

McCullough Robertson

Norton Rose Fulbright

SBS Subscription Channels, Studio and World Movies

Seven Network

Turner Broadcasting

Truman Hoyle

University of New South Wales

Webb Henderson



We hope to see you again next year and here’s to the next 25 years of CAMLA!



July 8th, 2013

5.30pm for a 6.00pm start
followed by drinks and nibbles.
MINTER ELLISON Level 19, Aurora Place
88 Phillip Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
$95:00 (incl GST) for NON MEMBERS

This event will by jointly hosted by CAMLA and the Copyright Society. It will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the impact of the recommendations in the ALRC's Discussion Paper regarding "Copyright and the Digital Economy" may have on the following media sectors:


  • Free to air television
  • Music
  • Internet and online

Each of our panellists will provide a brief overview of some key recommendations for these sectors and their individual insights on the potential impact of such recommendations. The event will take an industry rather than academic approach and is intended to provide CAMLA and Copyright Society members with insight into how industry participants are grappling with the issues under review.

CAMLA and the Copyright Society hope that this event will be helpful for everyone that is reviewing and responding to the ALRC Discussion Paper by creating a forum for discussion of how the recommendations might affect your organisation or clients.

The seminar will be chaired by John Fairbairn, Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers, and will feature the following panellists:

Page Henty, General Counsel, Network Ten

Page Henty is General Counsel at Network Ten in Sydney.  A commercial / corporate lawyer by training, her career has mainly involved providing legal advice to participants in the electronic media industry, particularly television.   Before joining Network Ten, Page was Corporate Counsel at Austar Entertainment and worked in Hong Kong and the United States, both in-house and in law firms, for numerous major media companies.

Jonathan Carter, General Counsel, APRA|AMCOS
Jonathan is General Counsel of the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA|AMCOS), managing the legal affairs of both organisations. Jonathan is a former associate to the Honourable Justice Heerey of the Federal Court of Australia, who at that time was Chair of the Court's intellectual property law panel. Jonathan also worked in the intellectual property group of Allens Arthur Robinson, before taking in-house legal and management roles at Sony Music Entertainment Australia and then EMI Music Australia. Jonathan currently sits on the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia and the Legal Committee of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies.

Carolyn Dalton, Executive Director, Policy Australia Pty Ltd
Carolyn Dalton is the Executive Director of Policy Australia Pty Ltd. A copyright law specialist, she is also an expert adviser on internet and communications law and policy. Carolyn has spent over 15 years working with a wide range of government departments, industry bodies and major corporations as a legal adviser, public policy professional and government relations manager. Carolyn is currently on the Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of the appropriateness of copyright exceptions in the digital environment.




June 17th, 2013


•Guest speaker: Bruce Meagher, Director, Corporate Affairs at Foxtel
•Presentation of CAMLA lifetime memberships
•Great prizes to be won!

6:00pm for 6:30pm start


  •  $100.00 per head (includes GST)
  • $1000.00 for a table of 10 (includes GST)

(includes canapés and beverages)

Parking is available directly across the road from the venue in the Wilson/Jones Bay Wharf Car Park or at The Star Casino

DRESS: Smart

RSVP: camla@tpg.com.au or (02) 9399 5595 by Friday 9 August and complete the registration form under 'downloads' on this website.

June 7th, 2013


Universal Pictures have kindly offered CAMLA members complimentary double passes to some screenings of the new film, We Steal Secrets – The Story of Wikileaks.



Invitations have been emailed to CAMLA members.
Please email camla@tpg.com.au if you have not received this and would like further details.


Official website: