Mathilde is a Senior 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 has been the lead associate in a number of recent media cases, and assisted on various successful injunctions, which are detailed under “Experience”.
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.
- LexisNexis – Mathilde gave a webinar on recent developments in the law of defamation, and regularly publishes case comments for Lexis PSL’s TMT analysis.
- 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 is currently working on numerous pre-publication and post-publication matters for high profile clients, including HNW and UHNW clients, corporate bodies and private equity firms. She was the lead associate in various recent media cases:
- A confidential media arbitration involving issues relating to data protection, misuse of private information and breach of confidence
- Hanson v ANL, a libel case which resulted in the payment of £65,000 and costs following the publication of allegations in the Mail on Sunday and on MailOnline. The press release is available here
- Gilham v MGN Ltd & Anor  EWHC 2217, a libel case which resulted in the payment of £49,000 and costs following the publication of allegations online on mirror.co.uk and in a regional publication. The press release is available here. Permission to appeal the judgment was refused by the High Court and the Court of Appeal
- Ghannouchi v Middle East Online Ltd & Anor  EWHC 1992, a libel case which resulted in the payment of £45,000 and costs following the publication of allegations on an online news website publishing news items in English and Arabic. Damages were assessed following a successful application for default judgment. The press release is available here
- Ghannouchi v Al Arab Publishing House Limited, a libel case which resulted in the payment of substantial damages and costs following the publication of allegations on an online news website publishing news items in English and Arabic. The press release is available here
- NPV v QEL  EWHC 703, obtaining an injunction in misuse of private information involving blackmail for the Claimant
- A case in which she secured a front page apology and compensation for a Member of Parliament over false allegations published in his constituency’s newspaper
Mathilde has also assisted on various successful injunctions:
- SOJ v JAO  EWHC 2569, obtaining an interim injunction in misuse of private information involving allegations of blackmail
- BVG v LAR  EWHC 2388;  EWHC 931, which resulted in the granting of a permanent injunction on an application to strike out and for summary judgment
- DEF & Ors v VWX (unreported), obtaining an interim injunction in misuse of private information and harassment involving allegations of blackmail
Mathilde’s practice also involves:
- Assisting on complaints to IPSO for breaches of the Editors’ Code of Practice, and on media arbitrations
- 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
- Assisting on sensitive litigation matters
- Publishing commentary about recent cases in key publications for media practitioners and the general public