I am a data privacy expert and a disputes lawyer, acting for claimants and defendants, businesses and individuals alike, to protect their brands and reputations.
As well as advising clients on data protection/privacy matters, I specialise in disputes involving reputations, brands & intellectual property. Over the years I’ve also helped clients litigate on a wide range of commercial matters, from fraud and professional negligence to insurance and breach of contract.
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.
I advise on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues arising out of data protection, privacy and freedom of information legislation. My data privacy advisory work has included assisting clients across different sectors to: develop and implement privacy governance frameworks (including mapping, auditing and gap analysis); navigate a broad range of compliance issues related to their use of personal data – from marketing practices and handling DSARs to their appointment of data processors and transfers to third countries – both domestically and coordinating advice internationally; prepare for and respond to privacy incidents, including breach notification. I was seconded to a multinational corporation advising on data protection and privacy issues as part of a global team. I hold the BCS’s Data Protection Practitioner Certificate as well as IAPP’s CIPP/E and CIPM certifications. I’m also a Fellow of Information Privacy.
Brands & 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 on behalf of clients in the Company Names Tribunal, and handled their domain name disputes (WIPO and Nominet).
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 protection issues (including subject access and the so-called right to be forgotten). 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 through IPSO, Ofcom and the BBC Trust, as well as the ASA and the ICO.