Peter Bartlett
Partner, Melbourne
Working with a team that leads the media reputational protection field in Australia and internationally, I thrive on challenges.

Every day throws up a different issue. It could involve providing around-the-clock pre publication advice to mainstream and online media; advising corporate and government clients on reputational issues; or managing threats of litigation from some of the best lawyers in the country, as well as the litigation itself. In each case, I always aim to minimise the damage clients are exposed to.

It is a privilege to be involved in many of the high-profile stories that break daily. Increasingly, social media issues are becoming central – and time is of the essence.

Career highlights

  • Chair, International Bar Association (IBA), Legal Practice Division
  • Past Chair IBA Strategy Working Group, Projects Committee and IBA Treasurer
  • Past Chair, MinterEllison
  • One of Australia’s leading Media and Communications law experts. Ranked “Star Individual“ in the TMT Media category by Chambers Global , the only Australian to receive the top ranking in that category
  • Heading the defence team in the Ben Roberts-Smith Libel case , dubbed by the Australian Media as the “Defamation Trial of the Century,”
  • A candidate for the position of the next Secretary General of the IBA
  • Had our team ranked Tier 1 in every international directory
  • Acting for leading mainstream and online publishers in Australia and internationally, including defending defamation cases for Fairfax Media Limited and the Nine Network
  • Represented many Government Departments, public servants and politicians, when threatened with defamation actions
  • Domain – defended claims of misleading and deceptive conduct brought by
  • Qantas Group – worked on a large volume of deep vein thrombosis cases against the airline in the highest courts in Australia, the UK, and the US.
  • Served on the MinterEllison Board for more than 20 years and was elected Chair
  • Chaired and served on many boards related to government and the media including Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Trust, State Sports Centres Trust and Melbourne Recital Centre Board
  • Currently serving as Chair of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association, overseeing over 100 Business related Committees.


Peter Bartlett on defamation law

Peter talks about the complexities and strategic considerations in defamation cases in Australia, with a particular focus on the recent Ben Roberts-Smith v Nine defamation case. He covers the judgement's implications, and broader issues in defamation law in Australia.