Dominic’s principal focus is on Media Litigation. He has acted in many high-profile defamation cases, securing prominent apologies and damages from publishers from the UK press, including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and Daily Mail, as well as online and international publishers.
Dominic also has expertise of privacy and data protection law, particularly in advising individuals in cases involving the protection of Article 8 privacy rights, and rights arising under UK data protection legislation. He 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 ordering that web search results referring to a businessman’s spent conviction should be blocked from Google. He has also pursued a number of claims against organisations that operate diligence databases – such as World-Check – or otherwise provide business intelligence and risk management services, on behalf of clients seeking the erasure of out-of-date or inaccurate information, and allegations, published in a due diligence context.
Dominic also has extensive experience in advising on pre-publication matters. On behalf of individuals and 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 swiftly and effectively to journalists’ enquiries.
Dominic’s media litigation and commercial disputes practices serve clients in a wide range of sectors including consumer industries, retail, healthcare, media, government and professional services.
Dominic regularly provides expert commentary for publications.
- Law360: Bloomberg Appeal Pits Press Freedom Against Privacy: analysis on the Bloomberg Supreme Court case following the Court of Appeal’s decision, and outlines the issues surrounding the reputational and privacy implications.
- 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 criticised 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.
- NT1 v Google LLC and NT2 v Google LLC (Data Protection): In the latter of these cases (NT2), 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. The press release is available here.
- Mike Ashley v Times Newspapers Limited (Defamation): Dominic acted for Mike Ashley in his libel claim against Times Newspapers Limited, which led to the withdrawal of defamatory allegations about him and a public apology. The press release is available here.
- Arvind Tiku v S-RM Risk & Intelligence Services Ltd (Data Protection): Dominic represented businessman Arvind Tiku in a data protection claim against S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting Limited [S-RM], a due diligence firm which had prepared reports for clients for KYC purposes which contained serious inaccurate allegations about Mr Tiku. The press release is available here.