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2016 Conference Programme

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THE flagship event to attend for anyone involved in reputation management work.’


‘If you are only going to attend one media law conference, this is the one to attend.’

Conference5RB 2018

Barristers from 5RB, the leading media and communications law set, will hold our next biennial conference on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 to discuss the latest issues in defamation, privacy, harassment, data protection, internet and social media law.
Why attend?

  • Leaders in their field hear from leading practitioners and share their day to day experiences at the coal face of media and communications law
  • Insights valuable defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection law updates
  • Workshops participate in the interactive workshops focussing on complex areas of media law which demand specialist knowledge and experience
  • Hospitality enjoy a two course seated lunch with your industry peers and a champagne reception to round off your day
  • Value excellent value as Conference5RB, supported by specialist insurers Hiscox, is a not-for-profit conference
  • Engage with over 250 media practitioners (based on past conference attendance).

Who should attend

  • Media and communications law solicitors
  • In-house  data protection lawyers
  • In-house media lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Any solicitor hoping to gain an understanding of this discrete area of law and how it affects them and their clients.



IET Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL



£495 + VAT

Early bird and group discounts available


Conference5RB 2018 – preliminary programme – subject to change

Registration – Haslett

8.30 – 9.20

Welcome and introduction to the day – Kelvin Lecture Theatre

9.25 – 9.30

Keynote Speech

9.30 – 10.00

First plenary session. current defamation issues

10.00 – 10.50

Second plenary session. privacy issues.

10.50 – 11.40

Mid-morning break

11.40 – 12.10

Third plenary session.  GDPR/DPA

12.10 – 13.00


13.00 – 14.30 Riverside Room

Proposed afternoon workshops sessions: 2 sessions running concurrent workshops

Session 1

14.30 – 15.45

 Afternoon tea/coffee

15.45 – 16.15

Session 2

16.15 – 17.30

  • How to Cope with a Data Breach
    • Who to tell and when? (clients, customers, public)
    • Whether to report or not? (ICO, FCA etc)
    • Whether to seek an injunction to try to stop the dissemination of the data.

Assistance from a solicitor and PR

  • How to run a journalistic investigation
    • Using stolen or illicitly obtained materials (Appleby v BBC; Paradise Papers)
    • Entering homes and business premises; covert filming and photography (Ali v Channel 5; CPWTIA)
    • Assessing what is in the public interest at the disclosure and publication stage in privacy, defamation and under the GDPR
    • Publishing in various jurisdictions
  • Serious Financial Loss (s1(2), Defamation Act 2013)
    • What evidence is required
    • What to plead
    • How to prove
  • One-sided publication litigation
    • How to conduct fair litigation against a self-represented party
    • Injunctions against Persons Unknown – the latest law on notice, service and keeping 3rd parties informed
    • Dealing with vexatious complainants
  • Reporting Restrictions and Contempt Update
  • Social Media Update
    • Take down procedures here and overseas
    • Claims against social media companies
    • ‘right to be forgotten’ decisions – NT1 & 2 v Google
  • The Impact of the GDPR on journalism

Final QA and closing remarks with workshop speakers


Champagne reception in Riverside Room

18.00 +