With over 25 years’ experience, Fiona is recognised globally for her unparalleled knowledge of media and entertainment laws in the Middle East, as well as her understanding of the complexities of commercial practice in the extended media sector. She has worked in the region for over a decade, providing solution orientated legal advice to the regions key broadcasters, local and international producers, global content platforms, music platforms and entities working at all levels of the media industry.
Her work encompasses the breadth of content creation, funding and distribution. She is acknowledged as having a deep and comprehensive understanding of the content regulatory issues in the region, and has trained various government authorities in relation to their application and scope.
Fiona works for a large number of global and local brands in relation to clearances for advertising and content, ranging from 10 second online marketing activations to edgy news stories. Her understanding of the regions advertising industry has led to numerous public speaking engagements on the subject, including multiple engagements in the USA and Europe. She is a regular on Dubai Eye’s Business Breakfast and has featured on the front cover of Arabian Business and Campaign magazine.
Aside from her media work, Fiona also works with the extended TMT team on numerous innovation projects, in particular, for government entities, and is developing an interest in blockchain and its implication for rights holders.
Fiona has been listed for some years in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and is a Tier 1 ranked lawyer in Media Law International. A key member of the Education, Sports and Events Management, and Hotels & Leisure Sector Groups, she applies her in depth understanding of media and marketing to these specialised sector groups.
Before moving to the Middle East in 2008, Fiona spent 16 year’s working as In-house Counsel for Australia’s largest national broadcaster and for two of the country’s largest independent producers.
- Legal counsel for numerous locally produced content and films and counsel for local aspects of many international film, television and online productions – her works crosses all genres: shorts, documentary and fiction – covering finance aspects, practical production issues and through to distribution.
- Regular provision of advice for marketing and promotional campaigns across various media including influencer issues, multi-platform branded long form content and multi-jurisdictional giveaways.
- Advises producers regarding all legal and regulatory aspects associated with production of international content in the region, including lengthy negotiation relating to access agreement to public services for documentary makers and negotiation with broadcasters for commissioned content.
- Hands on experience with the legal aspects relating to content marketing campaigns for both government and commercial brands, including production services agreements, talent agreements (including with A-listers) and clearances with managers and record companies.
- Regulatory advice for OTT platforms, local broadcasters, telecoms companies and multinational publishers on various aspects of the laws: content restrictions, consumer aspects of content delivery, liability for third party content, matters of taste and decency.
- Involved in delivery of government advisory work for blockchain technology, digital identification systems, e-commerce and online trading platforms.
1991 – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, University of New South Wales
1988 – Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
1992 – High Court of Australia
1991 – Supreme Court of New South Wales