Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix Chambers
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Lorna Skinner QC

“Frighteningly clever, with advocacy skills to match”

Chambers & Partners 2021
Called: 1997 | Silk: 2021

Lorna’s specialist area of practice is media and information law. This encompasses defamation, breach of confidence (including commercial cases), misuse of private information, privacy, freedom of expression, data protection, freedom of information, Article 8 and Article 10 related human rights law, contempt, harassment, open justice and reporting restrictions. She also undertakes inquest and public inquiry work.

Lorna has extensive litigation experience acting for both claimants and defendants and has acted for television companies, national and local press, publishing houses, Members of Parliament, government departments, local authorities, trades unions and the police, as well as for individuals. In addition to defamation and privacy litigation, she has handled a large number of privacy injunctions, contempt proceedings arising from breaches of injunctions and Norwich Pharmaceutical applications. Her practice also includes pre-publication advisory work for NGOs and publishers.

Lorna acted for media organisations at the Litvinenko Inquest/Inquiry and at the Leveson Inquiry, for the Independent Office for Police Conduct at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and as Counsel to the Inquest in a complex police restraint death. She regularly acts for families in inquests, ranging from prison deaths to mental health and hospital deaths. She was appointed Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough in 2018.

Lorna was appointed Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire in 2018. She has been a member of the Arbitrator Panel for the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) since 2016. Lorna is also an Accredited ADR Group Civil & Commercial Mediator. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021.

Lorna is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Lorna needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Lorna’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Lorna is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Frighteningly clever, with advocacy skills to match. She is particularly brilliant when it comes to online issues, and is a go-to mind for anything with a data protection angle." "She's tremendous with detail and incredibly pragmatic." "Commercial and tenacious. A pleasure to work with."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (New Silks, Defamation/Privacy)

"She has encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection issues and is able to draw on vast experience in the area." "She is easy to get along with and her work is of a very high standard." "She is extremely thorough and always comes up with points that others haven't thought of."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (New Silks, Data Protection)

"Superb at deep-diving into the detail of a case and getting quickly to the key issues."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Defamation and Privacy)

"Fantastically thorough with a great eye for detail, and a comprehensive knowledge of breach of privacy law. You really feel like you’re in safe hands with her."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Data Protection)

"A real leader in her field."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Media and Entertainment)

"Lorna Skinner regularly pushes the boundaries of the law, and she brings a different perspective.” “She’s imaginative, and she has extremely good ideas."

Chambers & Partners, 2020

"Fiercely intelligent, very client-focused and very easy to work with” and “an excellent advocate” who “thinks about things sensibly."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Very reliable, a star in advocacy” (2020) and “thorough and highly intelligent."

Legal 500, 2019
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+44 (0)20 7404 3447
Called: 1997 | Silk: 2021

“Frighteningly clever, with advocacy skills to match”

Chambers & Partners 2021

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Election Law
  • Mediation
  • Healthcare, Mental Health and Mental Capacity
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Injunctions
  • Media and Information Law
  • Court Orders affecting the Media
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation and Privacy
  • Harassment 
  • Police Law
  • Sports Law
  • Public Law: Information, Data and Privacy
  • Police, Inquests and Prison

Lorna Skinner QC

Contact Lorna: lornaskinner@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Lorna's Practice Team (Team M): TeamM@matrixlaw.co.uk


Lorna’s specialist area of practice is media and information law. This encompasses defamation, breach of confidence (including commercial cases), misuse of private information, privacy, freedom of expression, data protection, freedom of information, Article 8 and Article 10 related human rights law, contempt, harassment, open justice and reporting restrictions. She also undertakes inquest and public inquiry work.

Media and Information Law

Lorna has extensive litigation experience acting for both claimants and defendants and has acted for television companies, national and local press, publishing houses, Members of Parliament, government departments, local authorities, trades unions and the police, as well as for individuals. In addition to defamation and privacy litigation, she has handled a large number of privacy injunctions, contempt proceedings arising from breaches of injunctions and Norwich Pharmaceutical applications. Her practice also includes pre-publication advisory work for NGOs and publishers.

Inquests and Inquiries

Lorna acted for media organisations at the Litvinenko Inquest/Inquiry and at the Leveson Inquiry, for the Independent Office for Police Conduct at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and as Counsel to the Inquest in a complex police restraint death. She regularly acts for families in inquests, ranging from prison deaths to mental health and hospital deaths. She was appointed Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough in 2018.

Appointments

Lorna was appointed Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire in 2018. She has been a member of the Arbitrator Panel for the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) since 2016. Lorna is also an Accredited ADR Group Civil & Commercial Mediator. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021.
Lorna's Privacy Notice

Lorna is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Lorna needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Lorna’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Frighteningly clever, with advocacy skills to match. She is particularly brilliant when it comes to online issues, and is a go-to mind for anything with a data protection angle." "She's tremendous with detail and incredibly pragmatic." "Commercial and tenacious. A pleasure to work with."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (New Silks, Defamation/Privacy)

"She has encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection issues and is able to draw on vast experience in the area." "She is easy to get along with and her work is of a very high standard." "She is extremely thorough and always comes up with points that others haven't thought of."

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (New Silks, Data Protection)

"Superb at deep-diving into the detail of a case and getting quickly to the key issues."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Defamation and Privacy)

"Fantastically thorough with a great eye for detail, and a comprehensive knowledge of breach of privacy law. You really feel like you’re in safe hands with her."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Data Protection)

"A real leader in her field."

Legal 500 2021 (2021 Silks, Media and Entertainment)

"Lorna Skinner regularly pushes the boundaries of the law, and she brings a different perspective.” “She’s imaginative, and she has extremely good ideas."

Chambers & Partners, 2020

"Fiercely intelligent, very client-focused and very easy to work with” and “an excellent advocate” who “thinks about things sensibly."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Very reliable, a star in advocacy” (2020) and “thorough and highly intelligent."

Legal 500, 2019