As part of our Corporate Alliance Partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), we were delighted to host our popular ‘Defamation and Social Media’ webinar this week.

Madgwicks Special Counsel Catherine Ballantyne and Barrister Justin Castelan delved into how defamation laws apply in the online world and some real world cases and practical tips for managing online reputations.

The webinar is available to listen to and can be accessed here.


About the presenters

Catherine Ballantyne | Special Counsel, Madgwicks Lawyers

Catherine is a business disputes specialist. She regularly advises on defamation, partnership, shareholder and contractual disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, compulsory acquisition, PPSR, and reinstatement of companies. She works with Counsel and appears on behalf of clients in proceedings in all Victorian State and Federal Courts. Catherine is a regular author and presenter, appearing on ABC Radio National and in publications such as Smart Company, Industry Insider Magazine and Australian Property Journal.

Justin Castelan | Barrister 

Justin is a barrister who is experienced in defamation matters. He has appeared in a wide range of matters, including representing nine plaintiffs in Moroney v Zegers, who cumulatively won the second highest defamation verdict in Victorian history. He appeared for the Australian Film Institute in the Geoffrey Rush trial and is often asked to comment in the media on defamation matters, most recently on ABC News with respect to the recent Kabbabe application for preliminary discovery against Google. He is the author of Defamation Watch blog and secretary of the Media Law Section of the Commercial Bar Association.

Related News

Defamation: Six issues to help you if you believe you have been defamed online

In brief With the ever-increasing practice of liberal or freethinking online communication in daily life, people are suddenly finding themselves in the position of being a potential publisher of defamatory material, or regrettably on the receiving end of disparaging remarks....
22 March, 2016

Is my Google review defamatory?

So, when is a Google review considered defamatory? What is the line between someone sharing their honest opinion in the review and that review becoming defamatory?
8 July, 2019

Defamatory statements against McDonalds owner comes back to bite Defendant

Defamatory posts on Facebook costs defendant after recent Victorian Supreme Court decision.
23 August, 2018