Date: Thursday, 29th September 2022

Venue: IET Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

8.30 – 9.20        Registration – Haslett

9.25 – 9.30        Welcome and introduction to the day – Kelvin Lecture Theatre

9.30 – 10.00      Keynote Speech – Professor Rachael Mulheron KC (Hons)

10.00 – 10.50     First plenary session. Current privacy issues – Justin Rushbrooke KC, William Bennett KC, Jacob Dean and Hope Williams

10.50 – 11.20       Mid-morning break

11.20 – 12.10     Second plenary session. Current data protection issues – Aidan Eardley KC, Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, Felicity McMahon and Greg Callus

12.10 – 13.00     Third plenary session. Current defamation issues – Adrienne Page KC, Godwin Busuttil, Richard Munden and Lily Walker-Parr

13.00 – 14.30 Riverside Room, Lunch

Afternoon workshops sessions: 2 sessions running concurrent workshops across breakout rooms (listed below programme)

14.30 – 15.45    Session 1

15.45 – 16.15    Afternoon tea/coffee

16.15 – 17.30     Session 2

17.30-18.00 Closing – Adrienne Page KC in conversation with Dr. Maggie Semple OBE

18.00 +         Champagne reception in Riverside Room


Afternoon workshop choices:

A. From data breach to damages award – Jonathan Barnes KC, Victoria Jolliffe and Dania Rifaat (Hiscox) – Data breach cases; Class actions; Damages awards

B. Reporting Restrictions and Contempt Update – Adam Wolanski KC, Gervase de Wilde and Gemma McNeil-Walsh

C. Injunction Update – Adam Speker KC, Clara Hamer – Harassment online; Issues in Persons Unknown cases; Cyber breach injunctions

D. Preliminary stages of a defamation claim – David Hirst, Victoria Simon-Shore and Ben Gallop – When to seek and oppose preliminary issue trials; When to apply to strike out claims and defences; Serious harm and financial loss; SLAPPs – what are they and what’s the issue?

E. How to establish a public interest defence – Kate Wilson, Alex Marzec and Luke Browne  – Practical tips from recent cases including Economou, Serafin, Sicri and Lachaux

F. Media Regulation update including the Online Safety Bill – John Stables and Lily Walker-Parr- Regulatory developments; Current regulatory issues; Update on the Bill

G. Privacy in Practice – David Sherborne, Jane Phillips and Ben Hamer – How to plead and run a privacy claim post ZXC/Sicri; Impact of other recent decisions, including Sussex.



The pdf Conference5RB programme (subject to change)

Conference5RB 2022- Programme 2 Sep update.