I'm an associate in our Dispute Resolution Group in London. I enjoy the daily challenge of seeking commercial and pragmatic solutions for our clients who are facing contentious issues.
Having trained with our firm, much of my development has been influenced by assisting clients grappling with the complex and rapid changes that define the technology, media and communications spaces.
As a child of the 1990s, I have grown up alongside the internet, experiencing first hand its rapid development into a platform that allows businesses and individuals the opportunity to harness data, content and their reputations. Increasingly, I am advising clients in respect of disputes arising out of media and information law, including on matters relating to data protection, dissemination of information (defamatory, private and confidential), and content or rights ownership and exploitation.
I am a member of our Digital Rights & Assets Steering Group, working with colleagues across the firm to protect key digital assets of our clients.
In terms of data protection, I assist clients with the fall-out from and management of data breaches, including responses and follow-on litigation. I have also recently advised on right to erasure requests made under the GDPR. We are taking a keen interest in the development of class actions in this area, and I find myself increasingly advising on strategy and management in this area.
My information and reputation management work includes prevention and resolution of disputes arising out of various forms of media, including print publications, online publications (including social media issues) and broadcasts, often involving international aspects. I also advise in respect of alternatives to court action, including complaints to regulators such as Ofcom and direct complaints to social media platforms (dealing with issues including compromised accounts and online abuse). I have experience of advising clients on various types of claim including: defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence and harassment.
Other sectors in which I commonly advise clients include automotive and aviation, regularly advising on defective goods and disputes arising out of aircraft lease agreements. Over the past year, I have also been involved in a number of arbitrations involving complex international disputes.
I previously spent three months working in-house at a major international bank, which gave me exposure to commercial risk appetite when encountered with potential litigation. I continue to draw upon this experience when advising clients to best understand and support them as they weigh up the difficult decisions they face.