Helena Shipman

Senior Associate


Helena advises on defamation, misuse of private information and data protection claims (pre-publication and post-publication including claims with international aspects), non-party disclosure applications; cases against national newspapers, search engines, social networks and individuals. She has represented clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice, on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

Helena obtained a six figure damages settlement for two private clients for false allegations and private information published by four separate newspapers, involving multiple causes of action including defamation, misuse of private information, breach of copyright and data protection. She also recently successfully brought a case against the Mirror and successfully obtained a statement in open court, multiple apologies, substantial libel damages and legal costs for her client.

Helena is also acting for a number of politicians and a number of high profile Ultra-High Net Worth individuals. This work has involved advising on copyright issues, various takedown work, advice on reputation management, partnership disputes and harassment claims. She is also conducting ongoing litigation in the High Court for a number of private individuals in respect of claims for defamation, misuse of private information and breach of data protection laws.

Helena regularly engages in pre-publication work for corporate and individual clients, against a number of publishers and broadcasters including The Daily Mail and Mail Online, The Telegraph, The Times and the BBC which has resulted in mitigating significant potential harm to clients, by way of amendment to or withdrawal of the publications or broadcasts in question.

Helena’s international sanctions practice includes applications to the European Court of Justice to annul sanctions implemented by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on behalf of prominent businessmen. Helena is also part of the team acting for a prominent international businessman in his defence of the Burnett litigation in New York.

Helena regularly contributes to and provides commentary for newspapers and blogs on current media law issues. She has written for the Law Gazette, Inforrm blog and was featured in the Times Law Diary.

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