I am a dispute lawyer and act for claimants and defendants, businesses and individuals alike, to protect their brands and reputations.
I regularly help clients litigate on commercial matters ranging from fraud and professional negligence to insurance and breach of contract, and I specialise in disputes involving intellectual property and reputations.
Much of my reputation management work is for household brands, personalities and high net worth individuals, and relates to matters in print, broadcast or online, both before and after publication. I commonly advise on defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence and harassment, as well as data privacy issues. I’ve both obtained and resisted interim injunctions for clients in publication proceedings, and secured statements in open court. I also help clients with regulatory complaints, including though IPSO, Ofcom and the BBC Trust, as well as the ASA and the ICO.
I trained at a media firm in London’s West End and joined Lewis Silkin on qualification. I was a producer and songwriter in a previous life. I still co-write the odd song, though I seem to spend most of my spare time these days cleaning up after my Leonberger, Harry.
Brand Management and Intellectual Property
I advise brand owners on the creation, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property, with a focus on copyright and trade marks. I’ve brought and defended intellectual property claims for clients in the High Court as well as IPEC, and have acted in opposition, revocation and invalidity proceedings at both a domestic and European level. I’ve also successfully pursued complaints in the Company Names Tribunal, and regularly advise on disputes involving keywords, domain names and social media.
Data & Privacy
I advise on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues arising out of data protection, privacy and freedom of information legislation such as conducting data audits, breach management, handling subject access/FOIA requests, disclosures to authorities or regulatory action. I also help businesses navigate compliance issues related to their use of personal data, both domestically and by coordinating advice internationally. I was seconded to a multinational corporation advising on data privacy issues as part of a global team. I hold the BCS Data Protection Practitioner Certificate and IAPP’s CIPP/E certification.