Dominic’s principal focus is on Media Litigation. He has acted in many high profile defamation and privacy cases, securing prominent apologies, damages and remedial action from publishers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Sunday Express and the French daily newspaper Libération as well as online publishers.
Dominic worked on the ground-breaking cases NT1 v Google LLC and NT2 v Google LLC which established the so-called ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ in England and Wales. The High Court ordered that search results referring to a businessman’s spent conviction should be removed from Google
Dominic also has extensive experience in advising on pre-publication matters. On behalf of corporate clients in retail, healthcare and professional services, he has secured the amendment or complete withdrawal of defamatory allegations before their intended broadcast or publication in the national press, often working closely with clients’ public relations advisers to respond effectively to journalists’ enquiries.
Dominic has also assisted in obtaining injunctions before the High Court in cases involving the protection of Article 8 privacy rights, and he continues to advise clients in relation to the actual or threatened infringement of their rights of privacy, confidentiality and over their personal data.
Dominic’s Commercial Litigation practice focuses on proceedings involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional negligence, including high-value proceedings against solicitors and professional corporate administrators. A particular focus of his work has been on disputes arising from property development.
Dominic is a regular contributor to key publications including:
- Law In Sport – Guidance for Athletes on Social Media Use and Reviewing Historic Posts
- The Times – Right to be Forgotten: High Court Ruling against Google is just the start
- The Law Society Gazette – The challenges ahead for social media giant, Facebook
- Inforrm’s Blog – Report on the Court of Appeal’s major decision on the statutory public interest defence for defamation claims in the case of Alexander Economou v David de Freitas
- Law Society Gazette – Analysis of the Sun newspaper’s widely crisicised coverage of England sportsman Ben Stokes’ family tragedy, Dominic spoke with Law Society Gazette editor Paul Rogerson about privacy, public figures and press regulation
- Claims under the Data Protection Act – a supplement to defamation. Blogpost on the relatively new requirement under s.1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the post here
Dominic was the lead senior associate on the ground-breaking cases NT1 v Google LLC and NT2 v Google LLC which established the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ in English law.
In the latter of these cases, the court ordered Google to delist results about an individual’s past conviction from searches against his name, upholding his claim for breach of data protection rights and misuse of private information. The case addressed what the judge called ‘novel questions which have never yet been considered in this court.’ The Times newspaper subsequently published an article written by Dominic on the right to delisting in England and Wales.
His media litigation and commercial disputes practices serve clients in a wide range of sectors including consumer industries, retail, healthcare, media, government and professional services.