Media & Privacy

The world of media law is changing. Statutory information rights and human rights, including particularly the rights to data privacy and freedom of expression, are now the focal points for many media law disputes, eclipsing the more traditional causes of action in this area. In addition, because speech is increasingly expressed within the online environment, there is a growing focus on the complex relationships between data privacy rights, the role played by online intermediaries and the activities of a wide range of online authors. Navigating these relationships requires a strong grasp not only of domestic law but also relevant European legislation and jurisprudence. 11KBW’s pre-eminence in the fields of information rights, human rights and European law makes us the best set to tackle disputes arising in the new media law landscape.

The Directories

11KBW is described as ‘the set to beat’ (Legal 500) and ‘unrivalled’ (Chambers & Partners) for its information rights work, including in the media law field.

11KBW is also recognised as a leading civil liberties, human rights and European law set by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Key Cases

Key cases include: Vidal-Hall & Anor v Google Inc [2015] 3 WLR 409 (CA – legality of Google’s tracking of users internet browsing activities); R (Evans) v Attorney General[2015] 2 WLR 813 (SC – application of FOIA veto to royal correspondence); Kennedy v Charity Commission [2014] 2 WLR 808 (SC – application of Article 10 to FOIA); Steinmetz & Ors v Global Witness [2014] EWHC 1186 (Ch) (HC – first UK case on substantive application of journalistic exemption in DPA 1998); Associated Newspapers v Bannatyne [2015] EWHC 3467 (Ch) (HC – blocking publication of court files); Sony Entertainment Europe Ltd v Information Commissioner (IT – challenge to monetary penalty issued following hacking of Sony Playstation).

Relevant Expertise

  • information rights, including data protection, e-commerce, e-privacy and freedom of information
  • human rights, including privacy and free speech rights
  • law of confidence and copyright
  • injunctions and reporting restrictions
  • contempt proceedings
  • protection from harassment
  • Norwich Pharmacal proceedings

As well as offering the usual range of advocacy and advisory services, 11KBW offers a dedicated out of hours service to deal with urgent matters. For further information see our contacts page.

11KBW’s information rights blog Panopticon is highly acclaimed and widely read.

See also Information Law.