Alex Keenlyside


Alex joined Bristows as a partner in December 2019. He is an experienced litigator with a particular focus on advising media and technology companies on disputes relating to content.

Alex has advised various media publishers and internet service providers in relation to claims brought in libel, privacy and data protection. In recent years Alex has developed a particular specialism in advising clients on the impact of  developments in data protection law on the services they provide.

Alex has advised a leading global internet company on various high profile privacy and data protection cases, including the first “Right to Be Forgotten” claims to be determined at trial in the High Court. He has also advised various well known intermediaries in responding to claims relating to content made available on their services.

Alex has also acted for a number of mainstream media entities, including representing a leading international broadcaster and online content provider on a breach of confidence claim following its reporting on information contained in a mass data leak. Early in his career he acted on a large number of phone hacking disputes.

Alex has also advised clients in relation to harassment and malicious falsehood/trade libel.


  • M.Phil, M.A., University of Cambridge
  • Qualified 2009
  • Partner 2019

What others say

Alex Keenlyside "is a key pillar of the media and privacy disputes practice, acting for technology companies as well as more traditional media clients" Legal 500 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
Alex Keenlyside is "a passionate media law and litigation specialist" Chambers and Partners 2020
“He [Alex Keenlyside] is clearly not only a formidable, quick-witted and highly knowledgeable litigator, but he is also a very personable and relatable individual” Chambers and Partners 2019
“incredibly thorough” Chambers and Partners 2018
Alex Keenlyside “possesses substantial experience in advising clients in relation to privacy, harassment, data protection, defamation and malicious falsehood matters” Chambers and Partners 2018
“He’s pragmatic, sensible and he sees the wood for the trees” Chambers and Partners 2018

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Legal 500 2020

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Chambers and Partners 2020