Hannah Ready

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Hannah’s practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work and she advises across the full spectrum of media and information law, including defamation, malicious falsehood, data protection, privacy, breach of confidence and harassment. Having previously worked for a leading communications agency, she also boasts expertise in reputation management and litigation strategy. Hannah has a particular interest in dealing with online issues and has acted for prominent internet and social media entities, including Google, Twitter, AOL and TripAdvisor. She is also regularly instructed by major publishers, corporations, charitable organisations, celebrities and other high-profile individuals, particularly within the business sector. Hannah has acted in two of the most important defamation/privacy cases in recent years: Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd, which gave rise to the first appellate decision concerning the controversial ‘serious harm test’ under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013; and PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd, a landmark privacy case before the Supreme Court concerning the right of arrestees in child sex offence cases to remain anonymous. Since 2014, she has acted for the main consortium of major construction companies in multi-million-pound data protection litigation concerning the alleged blacklisting of hundreds of workers (Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation).