Raeshell Tang, 
Senior Associate

Areas of law
Media Law, Defamation, Copyright, Confidential Information, Privacy, Contempt, Statutory Prohibitions, Social Media, Contracts, Trusts, Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts (Television Production) (with Distinction), Charles Sturt University 

NSW, 2011
Commonwealth, 2011

T (02) 9216 9829
M 0407 230 586
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Raeshell is an experienced media, defamation and commercial litigation lawyer.

Raeshell regularly advises and represents media clients and high profile plaintiffs and defendants in matters concerning defamation, copyright, confidential information, privacy, contempt, statutory prohibitions, social media, contracts and trusts. She regularly conducts litigation in the Federal Court of Australia, the New South Wales courts (Court of Appeal, Supreme and District), and has experience extending to the Supreme Courts of Victoria and Queensland.

Raeshell also provides pre-publication advice to the media and presents pre-publication legal training seminars to editors and journalists and is the Editor of the Mark O’Brien Legal ‘Media Law Bulletin’.

Previously, Raeshell enjoyed a successful 15 year career working in broadcast media and entertainment production for some of Australia’s largest metropolitan and regional commercial television and radio broadcasters. She has a unique ‘insiders’ understanding of Australian media clients.

Raeshell is an Honours graduate from the University of Sydney. In 2014 she was nominated New South Wales Young Lawyer of the Year. In 2017 Raeshell was selected for appointment to the NSW Law Society’s newly established Privacy and Communications Committee and is a current serving ex-officio Board Member of the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA).


Key experience

Raeshell has assisted either Mark O'Brien and/or Paul Svilans in:

  • Defending the Nine Network against a defamation, injurious falsehood and privacy action brought by Gina Rinehart for the broadcast of ‘House of Hancock’.
  • Representing the Minister for Justice and Border Protection of the Republic of Nauru in relation to a defamation action against the ABC concerning the broadcast of a story on Lateline.
  • Representing ‘Jane Doe’, a member of the Exclusive Brethren religious group, for actions against Fairfax Media concerning breach of statutory duty, breach of confidence, and breach of suppression order following publication of a story in The Good Weekend magazine and online.
  • Representing a large Australian family-owned and run fashion retailer, Windsor Smith, in a complex breach of confidence and constructive trust dispute. 
  • Representing a company director and his international securities trader companies in defamation and injurious falsehood claims against ASIC and ASIC’s head of market supervision concerning allegations of alleged market manipulation. 
  • Commencing proceedings for West Indies Cricketer, Chris Gayle, in relation to a defamation action against Fairfax Media, The Age and The Canberra Times concerning various publications concerning an alleged locker room incident.
  • Representing the Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets of Credit Suisse in relation to a defamation action against a book publisher and author for defamatory comments made in the unofficial biography of Malcolm Turnbull, ‘Born to Rule’. The matter settled successfully for the client.
  • Representing the Hon. Antony Whitlam QC in relation to a defamation action against the ABC for defamatory publications published by the ABC on 7.30. The matter settled successfully for the client.
  • Defending cross-border litigation in Israel brought against the client concerning a failed joint venture agreement regarding the granting of mining exploration licences in the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields off the Israeli coast. It was argued that the joint venture failed due to the alleged fraudulent conduct of the plaintiff.
  • Representing a large UK-based corporation in relation to a dispute concerning payments and commissions payable between it and its Australian third party administrator, which required consideration of cross-border taxation implications, specifically in relation to GST and the claiming of input tax credits, and detailed analysis of complex bordereaux statements. The matter settled on a commercial basis favourable to the UK client.