5RB media and communications law



Date: Wednesday, 26th September 2018

Venue: IET Savoy Place, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL


8.30 – 9.20 Haslett, Registration

9.25 – 9.30 Kelvin Lecture Theatre, Welcome and introduction, Desmond Browne QC

9.30 – 10.00 Kelvin Lecture Theatre, Keynote Speech, ICO General Counsel, Emma Bate

10.00 – 10.50 Kelvin Lecture Theatre,

Current data protection issues. Justin Rushbrooke QC, Richard Munden and Felicity McMahon

10.50 – 11.40 Flowers and Lovelace, Mid-morning break

11.40 – 12.10 Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Current defamation issues. Desmond Browne QC, Adrienne Page QC, William Bennett

12.10 – 13.00 Kelvin Lecture Theatre,

Current privacy issues. David Sherborne, Godwin Busuttil, Chloe Strong

13,00 – 14.30 Riverside Room, Lunch

14.30 – 15.45 location depends upon selected session. Workshops will take place in Haslett, Flowers, Lovelace & Marconi, Workshop session 1

15.45 – 16.15, Mid-afternoon break

16.15 – 17.30 location depends upon selected session. Workshops will take place in Haslett, Flowers, Lovelace & Marconi, Workshop session 2

17.30 – 18.00 Kelvin Lecture Theatre, Final QA and closing remarks

18.00 + Champagne Reception

Workshops (choose one for each session)

A. How to Cope with a Data Breach – Adam Speker, Victoria Simon-Shore and Dania Rifaat (Hiscox)

  • Containing the breach
  • Who to tell and when (clients, customers, public)
  • Whether to notify (ICO, FCA etc)
  • Whether to seek an injunction.

B. Journalistic Investigations: perils and opportunities – Adam Wolanski, John Stables

  • Using stolen or illicitly obtained materials
  • Entering homes and business premises
  • covert filming and photography;
  • Assessing what is in the public interest at the disclosure and publication stage in privacy, defamation and under the GDPR
  • Publishing in various jurisdictions

C. Serious Financial Loss (s1(2), Defamation Act 2013) – Jacob Dean, Christina Michalos, Victoria Jolliffe

  • What evidence is required
  • What to plead
  • How to prove

D. One-sided publication litigation – David Hirst, Julian Santos

  • 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

E. Reporting Restrictions and Contempt Update – Gervase de Wilde, Greg Callus

F. Social Media Update – Tom Blackburn, Aled Jones

  • ‘right to be forgotten’ decisions – NT1 & 2 v Google
  • Take down procedures here and overseas
  • Claims against social media companies




The programme is subject to change and we reserve the right to amend the workshops on offer.