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4 December 2018
Sofitel London St James,
London, UK

Protecting the Media Conference

This event, now in its 25th year, serves as the ultimate review of key developments in the field of media law over the last 12 months.

Clash of the titans: Cliff Richard wins pivotal privacy case against the BBC

The BBC has lost a 4-year-long, potentially landmark case against Cliff Richard, who has been awarded an initial payment of £210,000 in damages, over the broadcaster’s report that the singer was being investigated about historical child sexual assault claims.

In a case that delved into detail about the investigative process of journalism, and the apparent failure in communication between the news agency and law enforcement, the BBC warned that the judgment created new case law and represented a “dramatic shift against press freedom”.

Media experts are adamant that the ruling will have an enormous impact on how the British media reports on ongoing police investigations with the case ultimately debating the extent to which the rights of the media to report on an ongoing police investigation outweigh invading an individual’s right to privacy.


  • The last 12 months case law in review
  • An overview on serious harm in advance of the Supreme Court’s hearing in Lachaux.
  • Trials of preliminary issues in libel cases
Data Protection & Privacy
  • The GDPR and the changing face of data protection
  • The essential privacy update, taking a look at all of the latest case law that you need to be aware of.
Orders Against the Media
  • Contempt - Discussing Tommy Robinson and beyond
  • State access to journalistic materials 
  • Restricting reporting materials 


This timely and thought provoking programme has been developed in consultation with Michael Skrein, Senior Media Litigation Partner at Reed Smith


The latest regulatory developments:
  • The GDPR and the changing face of data protection
  • How the Defamation Act is working out in practice
  • Regulating online abuse - are the introduction of controversial laws across Europe protecting users against harassment? 
A must attend event for:
  • Information law solicitors
  • Data protection lawyers
  • In-house media lawyers and in-house counsel
Attend this event to gain insight into the three C’s:
  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Caselaw

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