Conference5RB 2014 update

Guest speakers announced

We want to keep you up-to-date with the latest plans for Conference5RB 2014.

In addition to our keynote speaker Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court 5RB is pleased to announce additional guest participants.

Richard Sambrook will join Desmond Browne QC (moderator), Matthew Nicklin QC and William Bennett in their plenary session “Gathering the Information”

Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He worked as a producer, editor and manager at the BBC for thirty years, editing major programmes on radio and TV and culminating in ten years on the board of management as Director of  News and Director of Global News and the World Service. He writes and speaks frequently on media issues and been a consultant for a number of international media organisations.

Prash Naik will join Adrienne Page QC, Justin Rushbrooke QC, Godwin Busuttil and Professor A.T.H. Smith for the plenary session “Publishing the Information (or not)”

Prash Naik is Channel 4’s General Counsel overseeing the Legal, Compliance & Governance teams at Channel 4. The team is responsible for advising Channel 4 and its producers on legal, regulatory and editorial ethics relating to its programme content. Prash has played a key role in the broadcast and defence of many ground-breaking programmes before the courts and regulators. Under his leadership the department won the prestigious Lawyerin-house ‘TMT Team of the Year’ award in 2013.

Known professionally as A.T.H. Smith, Tony Smith is a world-renowned expert on the Law of Contempt. He is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and  Dean of the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He was formerly Cambridge University Professor of Criminal and Public Laws and is Professor-elect to the Arthur Goodhart Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Cambridge, where he is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He is the author or joint author of various books including Arlidge, Eady and Smith On Contempt.

We urge you to book if you have not yet done so. With six weeks to go until the conference we have few places remaining. Please visit the conference pages of our website to view the entire programme and register your place.


At this year’s Conference5RB you’ll have the opportunity to choose and attend two interactive workshops. When you register, please choose from the following:

1) Harassment by news-gathering and publication. How the PHA is used against journalists, and how to stay on the right side of the line.  

David SherborneAdam Speker and Chloe Strong

2) Internet and Social media. This interactive session will explore the pitfalls of online publishing, and how trolling and other offending online publications can be dealt with using both the civil and criminal law.

Christina Michalos and Felicity McMahon

3) Data Protection: Don’t You (Forget About Me). Google Spain, damages for distress, and recent developments: what they mean for individuals, intermediaries and journalists.

Jacob DeanRichard Munden and David Hirst

4) Quiz. This fun and interactive session wherein delegates will be placed into teams to answer questions in our specialist field.

Alex Marzec and Victoria Shore

5) Defamation Act 2013 – 6 months on.  Developments and case law; what to watch out for; corporate claimants; proving actual or likely serious financial loss; other avenues for protecting corporate reputations.

James Price QCJonathan Barnes and Yuli Takatsuki

6) Reporting restrictions. A talk and group discussion on recent developments in reporting the courts, including key decisions and practice guidance relating to the Crown Court and Family Division. Although primarily aimed at in-house lawyers, this session may also be of interest to those who advise on reputational issues arising from court proceedings generally.

Adam WolanskiVictoria Jolliffe and Gervase de Wilde