- Trained at a leading defendant defamation practice. Over 17 years' experience in this field. Joined BLM in 1997, made a partner in 2003.
- Extensive experience in defending claims for libel, slander, malicious falsehood, privacy, breach of confidence and copyright, both before and after litigation.
- Regularly deals with claims against IT professionals, advertising agents, marketing consultants and other "emerging" professionals involved in the media sector.
- Regularly advises on both contentious and non-contentious data protection and freedom of information issues.
- Substantial experience of advising in an insurance context and on policy wordings and application.
- 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).
Publishers, broadcasters, newspapers, magazine and other, police forces, local authorities, professionals, schools, universities, loss adjusters, brokers and their insurers.
Disclosure, Keeping Pace, Post Magazine and many others.