Arbitrator panel

About the panel

IPSO has worked with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to approve a list of barristers for the Arbitrator Panel. Each has the necessary experience and expertise in media law to rule upon disputes entering the IPSO pilot scheme.

How an arbitrator is appointed

When appointing an arbitrator to a case, CEDR will make a selection from the Panel, taking into account the complexity of the dispute, any disclosed conflict of interest, the availability of the barrister and any objections raised by the claimant or publisher regarding the appointment of a particular barrister. 


List of arbitrators

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Adrienne Page QC

5RB

Adrienne Page QC is a leading specialist Silk whose practice covers defamation, malicious falsehood, privacy, confidence, harassment by speech, freedom of speech and media law issues. She regularly acts for or advises both claimants and defendants and has been involved in many of the high profile cases in her field. Between 2003 and 2011 she was joint Head of Chambers at 5RB.

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Caroline Addy

One Brick Court

Caroline Addy has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of media and information law. She has acted for companies, celebrities from sport, pop and the business world as well as sports clubs, local authorities and trade unions, police officers, website operators, charities and private individuals. Caroline provides pre-publication advice to major publishing houses and also gives regular pre-publication advice to various Conde Nast publications and other magazines.

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Christina Michalos

5RB

Christina is a leading specialist in privacy; media & entertainment law (including data protection and freedom of information); soft intellectual property; and sports law. She is known as a leading practitioner in image rights work and is the author of The Law of Photography and Digital Images (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004). She has a particular interest and expertise in issues arising from internet user generated content and social networking sites. Christina also has extensive public law experience as a member of the Attorney General’s panel of advocates for over 16 years.

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Heather Rogers QC

One Brick Court

Heather specialises in media law. She represents claimants and defendants, including press and broadcast media. She has appeared in numerous high profile libel and privacy trials. She is a director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and was a trustee of Article 19, the freedom of expression NGO, from 2004 to 2012. She also works with the Media Legal Defence Initiative on free speech issues.

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Ian Helme

One Brick Court

Ian Helme specialises in all aspects of media and information law. He has a wealth of experience in complex, cutting edge and high-profile litigation and has been at the forefront of recent developments in privacy and data protection law. He is a member of the Society for Computers and the Law and has developed a particular expertise in relation to data security and data breaches. He often acts for individuals whose private information has been or may have been compromised. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College University teaching information and privacy law

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Kate Wilson

One Brick Court

Kate Wilson specialises in all aspects of media and information law and acts for both claimants and defendants. She has represented a variety of clients, including national newspapers, broadcasters, website operators, trade unions, public authorities, police forces, as well as companies, in particular a number of financial institutions, and private individuals.

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Lorna Skinner

Matrix Chambers

Lorna’s specialist area of practice is media and information law. She has developed particular specialities in defamation and privacy in cases involving the internet and harassment and in online data protection. Her practice also includes pre-publication advisory work for NGOs and publishers. Lorna is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

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Timothy Atkinson

One Brick Court

Timothy is a highly experienced practitioner who acts for both claimants and defendants across the spectrum of defamation and media law. He is retained by the Law Society Gazette to provide pre-publication advice and advises the Law Society itself.