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.