Our expertise in media and data protection claims is diverse. We have acted in some of the leading cases in this field for and against celebrities, sports personalities, titans of industry, the clergy and other public figures.
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Where a reputation is at stake, it is very often necessary to act swiftly and decisively using a combination of legal expertise, strategy and tactics. Our expertise includes:
- Defamation (libel and slander) and malicious falsehood, including claims involving the serious harm test under the Defamation Act 2013.
- Claims brought for media harassment, including in 2020 acting in one of the leading cases in this area.
- Claims under the Data Protection Act 1998 and 2018, as well as disputes over data subject access requests and the right to be forgotten.
- Breach of confidence and misuse of confidential information.
We have experience of litigating claims to trial against defendants ranging from social media users and bloggers to the national press and media outlets. We also have substantial expertise of preliminary issue trials, strike out and summary judgment procedures used to rapidly dispose of claims.
Whilst we have considerable litigation experience, many of our cases settle through tactical pressure, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. As well as damages, clients often achieve the recovery of a substantial proportion of their legal costs in addition to apologies and other agreed actions designed to restore reputations.
We are innovative in the way we fund claims and can, in appropriate cases, risk share with our clients by using conditional fee agreements combined, if required, with after the event insurance to mitigate against the risk of having to pay the opponent’s costs.
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