Veronica is Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Lawyers (Melbourne) specialising in data protection and privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and copyright, online content and social media, contempt, risk and crisis management and freedom of information. Veronica is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia and has local and international experience advising on media and privacy related legal issues. Her clients include local and international media companies such as Fairfax Media, Fairfax Digital and The Age Company Ltd, the Guardian, the Nine Network, and the ABC, as well as private companies and government.
While working in the UK, Veronica acted for a number of high profile individuals in reputation management. She was part of the legal team that obtained the first anti-stalking injunction on behalf of Diana, Princes of Wales (which led to the introduction of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997) and which successfully defended Professor Deborah Lipstadt in defamation proceedings brought by David Irving over her book on Holocaust denial published by Penguin.
Veronica regularly appears in court in applications for suppression (non-publication) orders and for access to court documents, in contempt proceedings, applications for injunctions for breach of confidence and to help journalists protect their sources.
She has also appeared in the Federal Court and in VCAT to defend complaints against clients for breaches of the Privacy Act and the Information Privacy Act (Vic) and advised the ABC in relation to the breach of privacy claims brought by Jane Doe in Victoria.
Veronica regularly contributes to the media, in trade and industry publications, legal publications and newsletters on privacy and media law issues and also runs privacy training sessions for clients and give presentations on privacy, media, social media and contempt laws and crisis and reputation management.
Veronica is on the committee of the Melbourne Press Club and the Media and Communications Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Veronica is the co-editor of the monthly Journal Privacy Unbound.