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Tim Smith

Partner, London

Tim is a partner specialising in defamation, data protection and privacy law.
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Tim has acted for a wide range of clients, including advertising agencies, marketing companies, sports bodies, charities, police forces, local authorities, schools, universities and professional bodies, usually in defending claims for defamation (both libel and slander), malicious falsehood, privacy, breach of confidence and breaches of data protection rights/obligations.

He has been involved in a large number of reported cases including Tim regularly advises clients on their data protection obligations and supports them in dealing with cyber incidents.

Recent cases

  • Kearns v Bar Council (a Court of Appeal case that is a leading authority on qualified privilege)
  • GKR Karate v Porch (a defamation case where Tim represented the secretary of the English Karate Governing Body)
  • McKennit v Ash (a leading authority on the law of privacy)
  • Monks v Warwick District Council (cited in the recent Duke and Duchess of Sussex claims)
  • Jabbar v Aviva (a claim for defamation, malicious falsehood and conspiracy brought by a medical expert against three Aviva entities)
  • Kostakopolou v Warwick University and others
  • Abdulrazzaq v Trustees of Exeter Mosque (a recent judgment that looks at reply to attack privilege).


"He has an excellent knowledge of the market, the strengths and weaknesses of opponents and the tactical approach that should be taken in each case. His collaborative approach produces effective results and a good relationship with clients."

Chambers and Partners