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Ian is a corporate, commercial, media and regulatory lawyer who advises a wide range of Australian and overseas clients with particular emphasis on the media, entertainment and technology industries.

Ian joined Holding Redlich in Melbourne as a lawyer in 1989 and was appointed as a partner in 1990. In 1994 he relocated to Sydney to establish the firm’s Sydney office and he was the Managing Partner of the Sydney office until 1 July 2015 when he became National Managing Partner.

He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading lawyer in the categories of Corporate Law and Entertainment Law since 2011 and he is recognised as a Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide.

On 26 January 2018, Ian was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the arts, particularly the Australian film industry and screen production sector, and to the law.


Ian's experience includes:

  • public policy, public sector governance, and regulatory issues including as the Chair of a Victorian Government statutory agency (Film Victoria), Deputy Chair of two Commonwealth Government statutory agencies (Screen Australia and Film Australia) and a board member of an Australian Government regulator (the Australian Broadcasting Authority, including jointly leading the radio “cash for comment” inquiry)
  • extensive broadcasting regulatory experience including serving for seven years on the Board of the predecessor agency to the ACMA, the Australian Broadcasting Authority
  • acted for the media group Southern Cross Austereo in respect of all legal and regulatory aspects arising from a prank call made by Sydney radio station 2Day FM to a London hospital, including proceedings before the Full High Court
  • advising advertising agencies on all aspects of their activities including ensuring that advertising campaigns comply with all applicable laws, regulations and industry codes
  • mergers and acquisitions in the Australian media industry
  • all aspects of the development, financing, production, co-production and distribution of film and television projects, including large budget motion pictures, for Australian and international clients.


  • Film Victoria – President of the Board (2011 to 2020)
  • Beyond International Limited – Director (2005 to date)
  • Screen Australia – Deputy Chair (2008 to 2013)
  • Ausfilm International Inc. – Director (2001 to 2009) and Chair (2003 to 2007)
  • Australian Broadcasting Authority – Member (1997 – 2004)
  • Cinemedia Corporation (now called Film Victoria) – Board Member (1998 – 2000)
  • Film Australia Limited – Director (1991 – 1997) and Deputy Chair (1996 – 1997)
  • Melbourne Parks and Waterways – Director (1994 – 1996)
  • Camberwell Grammar School – Member of Council (1991 – 1994)
  • Next Wave Festival – Board of Management (1989 – 1993)


23 January 2023 - Knowledge

Treasury commences consultation on regulation of Digital Platforms

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The Australian Treasury has commenced a process of consultation with stakeholders on the new, far-reaching regulation of large digital platforms which is proposed by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in its fifth interim report of the Digital Platform Services Inquiry.

15 November 2022 - Knowledge

Media Policy Priorities of the Albanese Government

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Government

In a wide-ranging keynote address to the Communications and Media Law Association in Sydney this week Federal Communications Minister, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP outlined the media policy priorities of the Albanese Government.

04 July 2022 - Knowledge

Samsung fined $14 million for misleading water resistance claims

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The electronics company has been fined millions after admitting it breached consumer law and misled consumers about the water resistance of certain Galaxy mobiles.

06 April 2022 - Knowledge

Planning to modify or redevelop a building site? Beware of artistic moral rights

#Property, Planning & Development

What you can and can’t do with an artwork on a building site may be determined by the artist’s moral rights.

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