Tom Longstaff

Call 2017

longstaff@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Defamation and Privacy

Tom is developing a defamation and privacy practice.

He has experience of acting in defamation proceedings and of acting in disputes with a privacy element, including making applications to search engines for the removal of adverse results.

Recent cases in which Tom has been instructed includes:

  • One of the leading authorities on the ability to restrain publication by a public body: R. (on the application of the Governing Body of X) v Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills [2020] EWCA Civ 594
  • Acting for Claimants and Defendants in a number of claims relating to the alleged infringement of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation, including for interim relief at private hearings.
  • Advising in claims for defamation and malicious falsehood in relation to:
    1. A claim brought by a former dentist against a colleague who made a report to a regulator regarding alleged drug use; and
    2. Adverse reviews posted on the internet.
  • Instructed by a company director previously convicted of criminal offences in an application to search engines for the removal of adverse search results.