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Iain Wilson

Partner: Defamation, privacy and harassment

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"An absolute expert in his field...confident and extremely knowledgeable" Chambers 2015

Iain is the managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP and specialises in libel, privacy and harassment.  His clients range from private individuals and corporations, to local government and regulatory bodies.  

Iain is recognised as a leader in the field of defamation/reputation management by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.  He writes on the development of the law in these areas.  Iain is the media law columnist for The Law Society Gazette.  He is the author of Westlaw Insight's chapters on the misuse of private information and anonymous defamation and frequently contributes to Halsbury's Law ExchangeLexisNexis LexisLibrary and Lexis PSL.  Iain is regularly interviewed by the national and international media.

Presently Iain is acting in a number of cases against newspapers and other defendants where private information has been obtained unlawfully by phone hacking, the making of corrupt payments, 'blagging' and other means.  Iain is also heading up a number of cases where his clients medical information has been leaked.

Iain is also recommended in the 2013-2015 editions of the Legal 500 for his work in civil fraud and has acted for a number of parties in litigation before the Chancery Division of the High Court.  He also has extensive experience of criminal litigation and regulatory work.

Iain is popular with clients who appreciate him for his dedicated and individual approach to their cases.

Some recent examples of Iain's work include:-

  • Defamation

Securing £40,000 compensation from the police and various media outlets for an individual wrongly circulated as wanted in the press.

Securing £10,000 compensation for an individual defamed on Facebook by a love rival.

  •  Privacy

Revenge Porn: Securing £15,000 compensation for the unauthorised emailing of intimate photographs.

Breach of Medical Confidence: Securing £50,000 compensation for the broadcast of inaccurate information relating to an individual's health.

Breach of Medical Confidence: Securing £35,000 compensation following the unauthroised disclosure of medical information.

Breach of Medical Confidence: Securing £20,000 compensation for the unauthorised use of photographs taken during a medical procedure.

Securing £10,000 compensation and costs from an employer where a member of staff had used confidential information for personal reasons.

  • Harassment

Obtaining an injunction to protect a solicitors' firm from a five year campaign of online harasment and securing the defendant's committal when the injunction was breached (QRS v Beach [2014] EWHC 3057 (QB) and QRS -v- Beach [2015] EWHC 1489 (QB)).

Securing £5,000 for compensation from a high streer retailer after an employee had sent a customer sexually explicit text messages.

Identifying the perpetrator of a long-running campaign of online harassment by obtaining disclosure orders against various online platforms.

  • Advisory work

Advising a foreign embassy on criminal and civil harassment law.

Iain was the lead solicitor in several well-known cases:-

  • Online harassment/data protection: Headed up a team instructed by the Law Society to bring representative proceedings on behalf of the legal profession to close down the controversial website Solicitors from Hell.  The landmark judgment in the successful action (The Law Society & Ors v Kordowski [2011] EWHC 3185 (QB)) provides important guidance on representative proceedings, online harassment and the applicability of the Data Protection Act 1998 to the publication of material on the internet.
     
  • Defamation: Acted for the claimant/appellant in Tamiz v Google Inc [2013] EWCA Civ 68, which was the first time the Court of Appeal considered the liability of internet service providers for libel. The Court held that Google Inc could be liable as publisher at common law in relation to its Blogger platform. This decision remains the leading case in this important area.
     
  • Slander: Defended the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society in a slander claim brought by the operator of a website. The claim was struck out following a successful abuse of process application (Kordowski v Hudson [2011] EWHC 2667 (QB)). 
     
  • Civil Fraud:  Securing a judgment for £436,000 for the victim of an unauthorised gambling syndicate (O'Neil v Gale [2013] EWCA Civ 1554).

Iain read politics at the University of Bristol prior to attending the College of Law in London. Before establishing Brett Wilson LLP Iain worked as a solicitor in the civil/regulatory department of a Central London firm.

If you would like to contact Iain directly, please send him an email.