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 cases involving the internet and harassment and in online data protection.
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 undertakes inquest and public inquiry work, acting for media organisations at the Litvinenko Inquest/Inquiry and at the Leveson Inquiry, and for the Independent Office for Police Conduct at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She was appointed Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough in February 2018
Lorna is also on the Arbitrator Panel for the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and has gained accreditation as an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.
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.
Highly skilled in representing and advising clients on data protection and freedom of information concerns in the wider context of information and media law at large, with a particular flair for GDPR counsel and High Court litigation. Clients include social networks, trade unions and education institutes, among others.
Strengths: “Lorna Skinner regularly pushes the boundaries of the law, and she brings a different perspective.” “She’s imaginative, and she has extremely good ideas.”
Recent work: Acted for claimant in TSA v Google Inc, a ‘right to be forgotten’ case relating to 57 links returned by Google searches for the claimant. Permission was granted to serve the case out of jurisdiction.
Chambers & Partners, 2020 ( Band 1, Data Protection)
Leading media and information law junior who is crafting a strong reputation in the fields of defamation, misuse of private information and data protection. She is highly experienced in injunctions, inquiries, Supreme Court cases and other high-profile disputes.
Strengths: “She’s imaginative and has extremely good ideas.”
Recent work: Acted for Appleby in its breach of confidence claim against the BBC arising from the publication of the so-called Paradise Papers.
Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Band 1, Defamation and Privacy)
“Very reliable, a star in advocacy. ”
Legal 500, 2020 (Band 2, Defamation and Privacy)
Lorna is ranked as a Band 1 junior in Chambers & Partners 2019 in both defamation/privacy and data protection, where she is described as “fiercely intelligent, very client-focused and very easy to work with” and as “an excellent advocate” who “thinks about things sensibly”. The Legal 500, where she is ranked as a leading junior in defamation/privacy and media/entertainment, describes her as “thorough and highly intelligent”.
Previous editions have described her 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”.