Lorna’s specialist area of practice is media and information law. This encompasses defamation, breach of confidence, 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, reporting restrictions and election law. She has developed particular specialities in defamation and privacy in cases involving the internet and harassment and in online data protection. She also has experience in freedom of information and PACE and Terrorism Act production orders, aspects of sports law and a strong interest in civil actions against the police.
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 is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.
Lorna accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
Lorna is ranked as a leading junior in data protection and defamation/privacy in the current edition of Chambers and Partners in which she is described as “very good, detailed and thorough”, “tactically strong, very involved and very hands-on, helping directly in a way that meant we were always two steps ahead of our opponents”, “very comfortable with cases concerning the interplay between defamation, the Human Rights Act and data protection” and as having “authority beyond her year of calling … more like a leader than a junior”. Lorna is also ranked as a leading junior in defamation/privacy and media/entertainment in the current edition of the Legal 500, which describes her as “a superb junior barrister” and “excellent”.
In the 2014 editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 Lorna was described as a barrister who “has a broad defamation and privacy practice but really shines on cases involving human rights”, “is noted for the quality of her advocacy and praised for her good judgment”, is “bold and confident in her approach”, “delivers good results through hard work and dedication” and “is very amenable, and very easy to work with”. In past editions she has been described as “a media law specialist with a great reputation in defamation and privacy work”, with “an impressively rounded skill set” (Chambers & Partners 2013); “someone whose judgement is spot on”, an “extremely good advocate, who is good both on paper and on her feet” (Chambers & Partners 2012); a “solid advocate” who is “hardworking and committed to her clients” (Legal 500 2012) and “thorough, hardworking, dedicated, highly intelligent and very pleasant to work with” (Legal 500 2011).