Tim Smith

Experience

  • I joined BLM in 1997 and made partner 2003.
  • I head up BLM’s technology and media team and specialise in defamation, breach of confidence, privacy and data protection.
  • I advise clients in relation to the Freedom of Information Act. 
  • My clients include local authorities, schools, universities, police forces, sports bodies and charities.
  • I regularly advise clients on data protection compliance and on claims and regulatory issues following data security breaches. This includes advising public sector clients on data protection compliance and on responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.  It also includes assisting public sector clients in relation to claims for defamation (arising, for example, out of website publications, press releases, newsletters and magazines), privacy claims and data protection claims (for example regarding the publication of information by social services departments and schools).

Membership/appointments

  • A member of the Law Society's Civil Justice Committee for the last six years.
  • Chair of the Law Society's Defamation and Privacy Working Groups.
  • Chair of the Law Society's Defamation Pre-Action Protocol Working Group.

Significant reported cases

  • Defamation – GKR v Porch and Others – successfully defending the secretary of the English Karate Governing Body at the High Court
  • Defamation – Kearns v General Council of the Bar – successfully defending the defendant in the High Court and Court of Appeal (the case remains a leading authority on qualified privilege).
  • Defamation – Ruddy v Mercury Telecommunications – successfully defence of High Court proceedings.
  • Privacy – involved in McKennitt v Ash, a leading High Court decision.
  • Insurance – acted for the successful defendant in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Pride Valley Foods v Independent (in a case dealing with material non-disclosure).
  • Professional negligence claims – recently acted for the successful defendant in the Court of Appeal case of Horler v Rubin).

Clients

Publishers, broadcasters, newspapers, magazine and other, police forces, local authorities, professionals, schools, universities, loss adjusters, brokers and their insurers.

Contact Details


+44 20 7865 3313
tim.smith@blmlaw.com
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Testimonials


Tim is unflappable, experienced and highly knowledgeable

Chambers & Partners, 2018

Tim Smith of BLM is "very good, bright, and I would have thought in many ways, the perfect defendant lawyer," according to one source. He regularly acts on libel and defamation cases for clients in the publishing industry, including national magazines, newspapers and literary agencies."

Chambers and Partners 2015

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