Mathilde is an Associate in the Media Litigation group. Her practice encompasses all aspects of media law.
As part of her defamation and reputation management practice, Mathilde advises both claimants and defendants, individuals, charities and corporations, often acting against multiple defendants.
She represents clients both at the pre-publication stage and after publication, obtaining injunctions, corrections and apologies, as well as statements in open court and statements summarising judgments and orders. In her recent cases, she has obtained the publication of various apologies and corrections, and several payments of 5 figure and 6 figure damages for her clients. Mathilde has also successfully obtained interim injunctions which were converted into permanent undertakings to the Court and into a permanent injunction following an application for summary judgment.
She has acted against private individuals, social media platforms and a variety of publishers including the Daily Mail and MailOnline, the Mirror, Express Newspapers, the Guardian, the Times and the BBC, as well as foreign newspapers in both English proceedings and multi-jurisdictional matters. She also deals with complaints to IPSO and assists on media law issues arising in arbitration proceedings
As part of her privacy practice, Mathilde regularly acts for clients in anonymised proceedings involving misuse of private information, breach of confidence, blackmail and harassment, both in the High Court and in arbitrations. She obtains urgent injunctions for celebrities, leading business figures, politicians and others, restraining breaches of privacy, in litigation and arbitration matters, and secures the removal of sensitive material from the internet. She also advises on confidentiality provisions within settlement agreements, and drafts and advises on non-disclosure agreements.
Mathilde’s data protection practice involves work asserting the Right to Be Forgotten, from the initial stages of online removal of search results and links through to court proceedings against search engines, as well as complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office. She also advises on rights and obligations arising from the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018, including subject access rights.
Mathilde also has experience in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology cases and general litigation matters.
She regularly publishes expert commentary on recent legal developments, including in the national and legal press. Mathilde is a pro bono legal adviser at the Waterloo Legal Advice Service.
Mathilde is a member of the Paris Bar and of the Franco-British Lawyers Society and is practicing in England and Wales as a Registered Foreign Lawyer. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian.
Mathilde contributes to key publications on Media, Reputation Management and Privacy issues including:
- Entertainment Law Review – providing an analysis in the April 2020 case of the Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers and the significance of the judgement which held considerable interest in the UK and abroad.
- The leading UK health title Health Service Journal on the privacy and policy issues for states, health services, individuals and businesses.
- Inforrm’s Blog – When the Prime Minister announced the COVID-19 lockdown on 23 March 2020, many litigation practitioners were concerned about the impact this would have on upcoming hearings. Mathilde’s article examined the current efficacious adjustment of the UK court process.
- Lexis Nexis – Mathilde recently gave a webinar on recent developments in the law of Defamation.
- Global Data Review on the security risks associated with video-conferencing platform Zoom amid its coronavirus-related explosion in popularity, and how users can use the software safely.
- Thomson Reuters – Mathilde provided an analysis on the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Google v CNIL.
- The Law Society Gazette – Provided her analysis on the decision of the Supreme Court’s clarification of the ‘serious harm’ threshold following the judgment in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd & Anor  UKSC 27 for defamation claims and provided her prediction of its likely impact.
- Mathilde recently obtained six figure damages for two separate clients in connection with libellous allegations
- Mathilde recently obtained interim injunctions for high profile and HNW individuals, and proceeded to obtain permanent injunctions preventing the publication of private information
- Mathilde is currently working on numerous pre-publication and post-publication matters for high profile clients, including corporate bodies and private equity firms
- Mathilde secured a front page apology and compensation for a Member of Parliament over false allegations published in his constituency’s newspaper
- Mathilde is part of the Carter-Ruck team dealing with cases involving the removal of information online and advising on the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation, and her commentary on this was published in The Times.
- Mathilde also regularly assists on sensitive litigation matters.