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Peter Bartlett

Peter Bartlett



  • Communications
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets
  • Defamation, Libel and Media

WSG Practice Industries



WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Emeritus 2008/ 2009
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman 2007/ 2008
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Elect 2006/ 2007
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2007/ 2012
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2004/ 2007
WSG Regional Council
Past Member
WSG in Asia Group
WSG Main Group
IBA Group
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group

Peter Bartlett has unparalleled experience in media and communications law and complex business litigation where there is corporate risk. He is one of Australia's leading media and communications law experts, with a practice that covers the full spectrum of media and communications law from both a private commercial and regulatory perspective as well as a public sector perspective.

Peter works extensively in the Australian and international media and communications industry and his practice also spans government and high-profile individuals and major companies from other industries where reputational risk is involved.

Peter's areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, breach of confidentiality, defamation/libel, Freedom of Information (FOI), data and personal privacy, and reputational risk management. He represents clients in major defamation and breach of confidentiality court actions and in applications to oppose suppression and non-publication orders in court proceedings. He frequently acts for prominent government and other individuals, and regularly defends media clients in defamation claims - responding to complaints, settling disputes, mediations and running trials.

Peter acts in litigation in all Australian and a number of overseas jurisdictions.


BJuris, LLB
Areas of Practice

Communications | Confidentiality and Trade Secrets | Defamation, Libel and Media | Dispute Resolution | Freedom of Information | Intellectual Property | Internet and E-commerce | Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Media | Privacy | Regulatory Compliance and Disputes | Technology | Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Advisory Board member to the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
  • International Committee, Media Law Resource Centre (MLRC) New York, member
  • Ethics Committee, member, Media Law Resource Centre (MLRC)
  • Life Member, Melbourne Press Club
  • Council of Court Reporting, member, Supreme Court of Victoria 
  • Media Judiciary Liaison Group, member, Supreme Court of Victoria 
  • Member, Australian Olympic Committee, National Federation Appeals Tribunal 
  • Fellow, Centre for International Legal Studies, Austria 
  • Media and Communications, Committee, member, Law Council of Australia 
  • Centre for Advancing Journalism, Chair Advisory Board, Melbourne University 
  • Assistant Treasurer, International Bar Association (IBA) 
  • Member IBA Council , Management Board, Risk and Audit Committees, New Media Working Group 
  • Board Member, Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Member Strategy Board, World Services Group

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