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Alexander Latu

Senior Associate

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I litigate and provide advice to a range of corporate and individual clients, both domestic and international, with a focus on issues related to content-publication and protection of intangibles such as goodwill and reputation, as well as contractual and regulatory matters.

My work often involves the intersections of new technology and media practices including defamatory online publications of various types, copyright issues and consumer law disputes. Based on building strong relationships with clients, it also extends to litigious matters involving other areas of their businesses – from recovery of fraudulently obtained monies to detailed consideration of the bases for advertising claims.

I also work with clients to navigate applicable regulatory and administrative frameworks, including dealing with the Australian Communications and Media Administration (ACMA), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and gaming industry bodies. This includes dealings with regulators and investigative bodies on compliance, disputes and other issues in circumstances where civil/criminal liability or other regulatory consequences might arise.

Complex ACL proceedings — prepared cases for trial that required wide-ranging and extensively detailed scientific evidence to be finalised within tight deadlines, enabling the proceedings to be appropriately resolved.

Seven West Media; Australia Associated Press (AAP) — advised Seven, AAP, and other publishers on a daily basis on their news and current affairs reports. My advice covers defamation, contempt, intellectual property and a range of statutory reporting restrictions, and extends to international publishers who seek guidance on these issues or are involved in related litigation.

‘Format copyright’ — acted in relation to various disputes involving claims of copyright infringement based on asserted copyrights in the ‘formats’ of non-scripted productions, resolving issues to our clients’ satisfaction.

Complex equitable tracing claim — worked closely with expert and lay witnesses to account for the treatment of disputed assets over a multi-year period and identify equitable bases for establishing interests in remaining assets, enabling the proceeding to be successfully resolved. The dispute arose out of a fraud carried out on an employer, using fake invoices, for over $7 million.

Facilitating investigative processes — work with clients who hold information relevant to various investigative processes to ensure that assistance is provided appropriately in accordance with applicable privacy and other considerations. Examples include preparing documents for consideration by Northern Territory Licensing and the Northern Territory Racing Commission (in the gaming sector); and dealing with various compulsive processes for document production.

Committees and memberships

Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)

Member, CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee

Industries

Advertising

Entertainment

FMCG

Gambling

Media

Publishing

Other areas of expertise

Consumer law

Pre-publication issues

Regulatory compliance

Qualifications

Master of Laws, New York University, School of Law

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, University of Otago

Enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, October 2010