We advise media and technology companies on disputes relating to published content. Our team consists of experts with a passion for media law and the experience to back it up.

We advise organisations including media publishers, internet service providers and others in relation to claims brought in libel, privacy, breach of confidence and data protection.

We have a particular specialism in advising clients on the impact of developments in privacy and data protection law on the services they provide. The team therefore works closely with the firm’s highly regarded data protection team. 

The firm’s long-standing focus on technology also means we are particularly well placed to advise media and technology clients who are embracing new ways to reach readers and viewers.

We work closely with clients as they develop new products and platforms, and advise on potential liability issues around the way those products and platforms are intended to operate.

Key contacts

Alex Keenlyside


Mark Brown


Robert Graham



Our lawyers have a wealth of experience, including:

Advising a leading global internet company on various high profile privacy, data protection and libel cases, including the first “Right to Be Forgotten” claims to be determined at trial in the High Court

Defending a leading international broadcaster and online content provider in High Court litigation in relation to a breach of confidence claim following its reporting on information contained in a mass data leak

Acting for a well-known production company in successfully opposing an injunction application sought by a high net worth individual regarding a proposed broadcast on national television

Acting for various well known online intermediaries in relation to disputes concerning content made available on their services and platforms

Representing various non-media/technology clients, including PLCs, universities, local authorities, charities and individuals in relation to libel and slander claims

Advising companies in various sectors in relation to malicious falsehood/”trade libel” disputes with competitors

What others say

“Handling complicated technical aspects extremely well with a very practical commercial view.”

Legal 500 2021

“Reactivity, very good knowledge of the market, competitors and brands.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows LLP’s attracts praise for its ‘very good knowledge of the market, competitors and brands’.”

Legal 500 2021

Alex Keenlyside is “a passionate media law and litigation specialist”

Chambers and Partners 2020

Alex Keenlyside “continues to build a reputation in the market for advising across a range of privacy, defamation and data protection matters”

Chambers and Partners 2020

Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.

Legal 500 2020

Recent rankings and awards

Media & Entertainment - Tier 2
Legal 500 2021

Reputation Management - Tier 4
Legal 500 2021

Media & entertainment: Gaming, social media & interactive content - Band 4
Chambers and Partners 2021