From 1 October 2019 new rules – in the form of a revised Part 53 of the Civil Procedure Rules, revised/new practice directions (PD 7A, 53A and 53B) and an all encompassing pre-action protocol – will apply to claims in England and Wales arising from media and communications disputes. The formal designation of a specialist…
On 5 August 2019 Elisabeth Mason joined Brett Wilson LLP’s media law department. Elisabeth is a highly-regarded solicitor specialising in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection law. Elisabeth joins the firm from Pennington Manches Cooper LLP and has been involved in recent high-profile cases including Zahir Monir v Steve Wood  EWHC 3525 (QB). Elisabeth’s…
On 10 January 2019, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar provided his written opinion to the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) on the territorial scope of requests to delist search engine results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle, which (in the context of search engines at least) was established in May 2014 in…
Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed on Google’s challenge to the French data regulator’s right to be forgotten ruling. The interview took place on the Bloomberg Politics, Policy, Power and Law Show on Bloomberg Radio (New York) and can be accessed here.
In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc.  EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…
Brett Wilson partner Max Campbell discusses the latest developments under the ‘the right to be forgotten’ principle as part of Lexis Nexis’s Lex Chat podcast series. The podcast (episode 7) can be listened to here.
The much-anticipated decision in NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC  EWHC 799 (QB) was handed down on 13 April 2018. The joint judgment in two separate claims against Google, is the first time the English courts have had to rule on the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle following the…
Brett Wilson LLP is delighted to announce that Max Campbell is now a partner of the firm. Max joined Brett Wilson in 2011 and has played a significant role in the development of the firm’s media and reputation management team. Max is a well-established practitioner in the fields of defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection,…
With a number of high-profile claims against Google in the offing, practitioners and individuals alike are hopeful for guidance on the interplay between the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle and the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Iain Wilson, managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP, considers the issues at…
The Prime Minister has indicated that the Law Commission will review legislation “to ensure that the criminal law, which was drafted long before the creation of social media platforms, is appropriate to meet the challenges posed by this new technology”. A new “social media code of practice”, providing guidelines for content and conduct and how companies report…