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Goldsmiths Lawyers is a boutique law firm specialising in limited areas of law.  It does not undertake work outside of those areas.  By focusing on those specific areas of law, it is able to provide prompt and high quality, professional advice.

Goldsmiths Lawyers was established in 1984.  It has offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, which facilitates the conduct of matters throughout the country.

Goldsmiths Lawyers is primarily a litigation and commercial law firm, specialising in media and defamation litigation, customs and trade law, both litigation and commercial, travel, tourism and hospitality law and general commercial litigation.  Goldsmiths Lawyers also has a quite significant international practice, and as part of which immigration advice is often sought.

Goldsmiths Lawyers have also acted in numerous matters involving Associations.  There is an increasing number of disputes between members of Associations and Goldsmiths Lawyers are retained to advise and assist in both commercial matters and litigation relating to Associations.  That applies to both incorporated Associations and unincorporated ones.

The firm prides itself on providing a prompt and professional service.

7 News talks to Barrie Goldsmith about Ricky Stuart’s outburst on Jaeman Salmon

8 Aug 2022

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart faced fierce criticism after he described Penrith player Jaeman Salmon as a ‘weak-gutted dog’ in his post-game press conference following Canberra’s 26-6 defeat at the hands of the Panthers. The NRL Integrity Unit has taken the unprecedented step of suspending coach Ricky Stuart from all club activities for seven days, as well as being ordered to pay $25,000 from his own pocket. Barrie Goldsmith from Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers provided specialist comment on how three words could lead to an intricate even complex Court case.

6PR talks to Barrie Goldsmith about the fallout from the defamation battle between WA Premier Mark McGowan and Clive Palmer

3 Aug 2022

Mornings with Liam Bartlett. Liam speaks to Barrie Goldsmith from Rostron Carlyle Rojas Lawyers about the defamation case involving WA Premier Mark McGowan and mining magnate Clive Palmer. The federal court has found Clive Palmer and Mark McGowan defamed each other in a war of words over Covid-19 and extraordinary legislation. Federal court rules Palmer pay WA premier $20,000, while United Australia party chair is awarded $5,000 after both found liable for defamation.

The Novak Djokovic Saga

February 2022

The recent events, even saga, concerning Novak Djokovic when he arrived in Australia to play in the Australian Open Tennis Championship received global and extensive media attention.

ABC talks to Barrie Goldsmith about the recent judgment in Peter Dutton’s defamation case against refugee advocate Shane Bazzi

25 Nov 2021

Our Barrie Goldsmith was interviewed by Annie Gaffney of the ABC for the Thursday 26 November 2021 edition of Drive radio show. The interview followed the Federal Court’s judgment in Peter Dutton’s defamation case against refugee advocate Shane Bazzi over a tweet that accused Mr Dutton of being “a rape apologist”. To hear Barrie’s thoughts on the Dutton case as well as how the area of defamation law is evolving within Australia.

New York Times Story: Missing Apostrophe in Facebook Post Lands a Man in Defamation Court

October 2021

Barrie’s expertise in the area of defamation law has been recognised by the New York Times as they sought his comments in their recent article about defamation law in Australia and the United States.

Recent Federal Court Decision

March 2021


Seven Consulting Pty Ltd v Google LLC [2021] FCA 203 – Preliminary discovery against Google

Being defamed by anonymous reviewers is a common problem. Getting any information voluntarily from Google is also a common problem and usually, it will not provide any user information without a Court order. The process of obtaining the relevant and necessary order is a detailed and precise one.

Peace Of Mind

“we have retained Goldsmiths as its solicitors since June 1993…they are a firm of the highest professional standards…”

NSW Egg Producers Co-operative Ltd

We're Here For You

“…we have been more than satisfied with the professional and reliable service we have been given by Barrie Goldsmith and his team…”

DFS Australia Pty Ltd



Goldsmiths Lawyers, a boutique law firm, prides itself on providing a personal, professional and prompt service. It is able to do that by specialising in the limited areas of law in which the firm practices.


We offer an extensive range of legal services specialising in media and defamation litigation, customs and trade law, both in terms of litigation and commercial arrangements, travel and tourism law and general commercial litigation.


During recent years, Goldsmiths Lawyers have been retained to act in connection with an increasing number of disputes involving Associations.


We have four offices across Australia located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Contact your nearest office.

Please note that the firm of Goldsmiths Lawyers was acquired as from 1 July 2021 by Rostron Carlyle Rojas LawyersBarrie Goldsmith, who has specialised in commercial litigation, defamation, immigration, and trade & customs law for 40 years, continues to work for the firm as Special Counsel. You can read more about the acquisition at the following link.