The Media Disputes: Defamation, Privacy & Reputation Management Forum

The only event dedicated to bringing together top-level claimant and defendant

experts to give key considerations and practical case insights across

Print, Digital, and Social Media Litigation

In-person | 16th May 2024 | One Whitehall Place, Central London

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Agenda

Registration
09:00

Chairperson's Welcome
09:30

Charlotte Harris, Partner
Brown Rudnick

Highlighting Ongoing Cases and Key Decisions in the Last Year of Media Litigation
09:40

  • An overview of the cases before the Media and Communications List and their focus
  • Procedural innovations to the Media and Communications List
  • The media disputes landscape today

Jeffrey Smele, Head of Media and Communications Disputes, Partner
Simons Muirhead Burton

Exploring Claimant and Defendant Perspectives on SLAPPs: Overblown or Under-Recorded?
10:10

  • Improving early dismissal provisions while maintaining access to justice
  • The effectiveness of current Court provisions to curtail SLAPPs
  • The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

Gideon Benaim, Partner
Simkins

Samantha Thompson, Senior Associate
RPC

Adam Cannon, Director of Legal - The Sun Newspaper
News UK

Franz Wild, Editor
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Networking & Refreshment Break
10:55

Addressing What Constitutes Serious Harm in Media Litigation
11:15

  • Navigating unsettled litigation territory
  • Identifying serious harm to character
  • Relevance of pre-existing reputation to determining serious harm

David Glen, Barrister
11KBW

Jacob Dean, Barrister
5RB

Adapting to the Multi-Claim Crack Down on Defamation, Data Protection and Breach of Privacy
12:00

  • Courts moving away from multi-claims
  • Determining the best claim and route to justice
  • Relevance and role of meaning in different claims

Matthew Dando, Partner
Wiggin

Catrin Evans KC, Barrister
Matrix Chambers

Mark Henderson, Barrister
Doughty Street Chambers

Abigail Healey, Partner
Quillon Law

Networking & Lunch Break
12:45

Navigating Client Reputation Management: Combined PR and Legal Considerations
13:45

  • Avenues to justice minimising reputational damage
  • Advocating for clients in the court of public opinion
  • Developing online strategies for clients throughout and following disputes
  • Managing reputation internationally in a 24/7 media eco-system

Claire Gill, Partner
Carter-Ruck

Dan Tench, Partner
CMS

Assessing Routes to Justice in Relation to Swift Resolution and Managing Client Costs
14:30

  • Who can afford to fight cases?
  • Methods to make legal fees affordable for clients
  • The current state of resolution: settlement and litigation
  • The rise of individuals crowdfunding court fees

Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana, CEO
IMPRESS

Tamsin Allen, Partner, Head of Media and Information Law
Bindmans

Michael Tyler, Partner, Head of Costs
Kingsley Napley

Networking & Refreshment Break
15:15

Examining the Rise of AI and Determining Culpability for Privacy, Defamation, and Data Protection Breaches
15:35

  • The state of play for reputational concern from AI generation
  • Adapting to the risk of IP infringement by AI
  • Determining culpability for privacy, defamation, and data protection breaches
  • Avenues for litigation under current laws

Christopher Leung, Senior Associate
Fieldfisher

Ali Khan, Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead
AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)

Charlotte May KC, Barrister
8 New Square

Adapting to Impending Challenges in the Media Disputes Regulatory and Client Landscape
16:20

  • The increase of individuals as defendants as well as claimants
  • Online Safety Act implications over the next few years
  • Media disputes in an increasingly social media focused world

Emily Cox, Partner
Pinsent Masons

Hanna Basha, Partner
Payne Hicks Beach

David Mitchell, Barrister
39 Essex Chambers

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
17:05

Charlotte Harris, Partner
Brown Rudnick

09:00
Registration
09:30
Chairperson's Welcome
Charlotte Harris - Partner - Brown Rudnick
09:40
Highlighting Ongoing Cases and Key Decisions in the Last Year of Media Litigation
  • An overview of the cases before the Media and Communications List and their focus
  • Procedural innovations to the Media and Communications List
  • The media disputes landscape today
Jeffrey Smele - Head of Media and Communications Disputes, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton
10:10
Exploring Claimant and Defendant Perspectives on SLAPPs: Overblown or Under-Recorded?
  • Improving early dismissal provisions while maintaining access to justice
  • The effectiveness of current Court provisions to curtail SLAPPs
  • The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023
Gideon Benaim - Partner - Simkins
Samantha Thompson - Senior Associate - RPC
Adam Cannon - Director of Legal - The Sun Newspaper - News UK
Franz Wild - Editor - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
10:55
Networking & Refreshment Break
11:15
Addressing What Constitutes Serious Harm in Media Litigation
  • Navigating unsettled litigation territory
  • Identifying serious harm to character
  • Relevance of pre-existing reputation to determining serious harm
David Glen - Barrister - 11KBW
Jacob Dean - Barrister - 5RB
12:00
Adapting to the Multi-Claim Crack Down on Defamation, Data Protection and Breach of Privacy
  • Courts moving away from multi-claims
  • Determining the best claim and route to justice
  • Relevance and role of meaning in different claims
Matthew Dando - Partner - Wiggin
Catrin Evans KC - Barrister - Matrix Chambers
Mark Henderson - Barrister - Doughty Street Chambers
Abigail Healey - Partner - Quillon Law
12:45
Networking & Lunch Break
13:45
Navigating Client Reputation Management: Combined PR and Legal Considerations
  • Avenues to justice minimising reputational damage
  • Advocating for clients in the court of public opinion
  • Developing online strategies for clients throughout and following disputes
  • Managing reputation internationally in a 24/7 media eco-system
Claire Gill - Partner - Carter-Ruck
Dan Tench - Partner - CMS
14:30
Assessing Routes to Justice in Relation to Swift Resolution and Managing Client Costs
  • Who can afford to fight cases?
  • Methods to make legal fees affordable for clients
  • The current state of resolution: settlement and litigation
  • The rise of individuals crowdfunding court fees
Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana - CEO - IMPRESS
Tamsin Allen - Partner, Head of Media and Information Law - Bindmans
Michael Tyler - Partner, Head of Costs - Kingsley Napley
15:15
Networking & Refreshment Break
15:35
Examining the Rise of AI and Determining Culpability for Privacy, Defamation, and Data Protection Breaches
  • The state of play for reputational concern from AI generation
  • Adapting to the risk of IP infringement by AI
  • Determining culpability for privacy, defamation, and data protection breaches
  • Avenues for litigation under current laws
Christopher Leung - Senior Associate - Fieldfisher
Ali Khan - Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead - AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)
Charlotte May KC - Barrister - 8 New Square
16:20
Adapting to Impending Challenges in the Media Disputes Regulatory and Client Landscape
  • The increase of individuals as defendants as well as claimants
  • Online Safety Act implications over the next few years
  • Media disputes in an increasingly social media focused world
Emily Cox - Partner - Pinsent Masons
Hanna Basha - Partner - Payne Hicks Beach
David Mitchell - Barrister - 39 Essex Chambers
17:05
Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Charlotte Harris - Partner - Brown Rudnick

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