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Defamation, Data, Privacy: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Clients
Wed 27 November 2019
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
Answers to 12 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 QCs, Senior Juniors and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability
5 hrs CPD
£249 + VAT
Defamation, Data, Privacy: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for clients
Chaired by: Nigel Tait of Carter Ruck
Nigel is a "legend in his own lifetime - there is no media attack he hasn’t encountered and neutralised." Clients include Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell, Bryan Adams and James Blunt.
What are the unresolved issues - legal and practical - and ramifications for clients of the Supreme Court's decision on serious harm in Lachaux v IPL?
Answered by: Heather Rogers QC
Heather is "a complete star - one of the very best silks - she develops her cases in such interesting ways." She acted for Katie Price in a claim against her manager and former husband.
What is the potency of techniques for taking down defamatory posts or ones that infringe privacy from social media?
Is Voller v Facebook going to make a difference?
Answered by: Dan Tench of CMS
Dan acted for the claimants in the hotly contested data protection case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google. He is "a top-tier lawyer who knows his stuff and is extremely well connected."
When will courts enforce an NDA and when is it in the public interest for a source who has signed an NDA to be free to make allegations?
How can you expect judges to react?
Answered by: Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Guy intervened for the Media Lawyers Association in the Supreme Court case of Lachaux v Independent Print. "He has a great understanding of how law and practice fit together."
Against a backdrop of recent and live cases, how do you quantify - with accuracy - damages in (1) privacy cases and (2) data post GDPR?
What can you achieve?
Answered by: Adam Wolanski QC
Adam acted for Times Newspapers in a Court of Appeal case about the identification of a Russian oligarch. He is a co-author of "The Law of Privacy and the Media." "His advice is superb."
How has Stocker v Stocker changed existing thinking on context, when determining meaning in a libel action?
What counts and what will sway a court?
Answered by: Jonathan Price of Doughty Street Chambers
Jonathan acted in Stocker v Stocker which looked at meaning, justification and legal responsibility for online publication. "He is quite simply a brilliant junior barrister."
What is realistic and achievable for non-parties seeking to access court documents under the principle of open justice following Cape Holdings v Dring?
What is the significance for practice?
Answered by: Catrin Evans QC
Catrin is "brilliant - a joy to work with - and a problem solver." She acted for the BBC in a breach of confidence claim about the disclosure of data to worldwide media organisations.
How do you persuade the English Court to hear a libel claim where there is an international element; how do you persuade it not to?
Answered by: Aidan Eardley of 5RB
Aidan defended the BBC against Sir Cliff Richard's claim about misuse of private information and unlawful processing of data. “He has an exceptional brain and a first-class work ethic."
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