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Expertise

Sarah is a corporate, commercial and media lawyer who advises a diverse range of clients with an emphasis on the media, entertainment and broadcasting industries.

Sarah’s clients include television and radio networks, technology companies and start-ups, advertising agencies and communications businesses, production companies, physical and digital content distributors and private equity investors.

Experience

Sarah’s recent experience includes:

  • advising on the implications of the proposed reform of radiocommunications legislation in Australia
  • advising on the protection and exploitation of computer software and hardware and the provision of information technology services
  • acting for a commercial radio station in the Full Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia against the ACMA regarding regulatory issues arising in relation to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)
  • acting for a well-known Australian private equity house during the divestment of one of its key Australian businesses
  • assisting the Advertising Claims Board Panel draft determinations in relation to complaints received regarding advertising content
  • advising the shareholders of an advertising agency on a sale to a global joint venture and, in particular, assisting in advising the shareholders in relation to entering into a detailed suite of contracts to govern on-going arrangements between the parties
  • advising production companies on a range of matters, including on eligibility and applications for production incentives and drafting, negotiating and advising on co-production and licence agreements
  • advising clients in relation to negotiating and drafting of various commercial contracts
  • advising clients on corporate governance and directors’ duties
  • advising a NSW political party on all aspects of election funding and candidate eligibility for State elections
  • acting for and advising parties in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Publications

16 April 2019 - Knowledge

Australian Government allows programs produced for online streaming to access two important tax incentives

#Technology, Media & Communications

The Australian Government has decided to alter its interpretation of the relevant taxation legislation to allow television series and mini-series which are produced for streaming to the public on online platforms to qualify for the Location Offset and the Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offset. The decision applies to applications for those Offsets received from 11 April 2019.

12 December 2018 - Knowledge

Changes to Australian law to block offshore pirate websites take effect

#Technology, Media & Communications

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2018 (Cth) commenced on 11 December 2018. This article considers some of the practical implications of this new Act.

19 November 2018 - Knowledge

New Australian law to provide further protections for copyright owners to block offshore pirate websites

#Technology, Media & Communications

Since 2015 copyright owners have been able to obtain injunctions under Australia’s Copyright Act to block offshore pirate websites. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill will, if passed, amend that regime to improve its effectiveness.