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Ian Helme

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 2 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021

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Defamation/Privacy - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Ian Helme
Senior defamation and privacy junior who is particularly well regarded for his representation of clients in data protection and freedom of information matters.
Strengths: "He offers an impressive grasp of a wide range of media law issues, together with excellent judgement. He is a very clear advocate and is not afraid to take on silks in court." "He's really innovative and creative in how he approaches a case and finds its solution." "Really easy to work with and incredibly knowledgeable. He's prompt and quick, and manages expectations well."
Recent work: Successfully represented the Duke of Sussex in a privacy and data protection claim against the paparazzi agency Splash after it chartered a helicopter to fly over the Surrey home of the royal couple.
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Data Protection - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Ian Helme
Counsels a client base of high net worth individuals and international corporations on issues ranging from GDPR compliance to data breaches and the right to be forgotten. He demonstrates a critical affinity for crossover matters which combine elements of freedom of speech, data and privacy law.
Strengths: "He is very engaging and always thinks outside the box." "He has fierce intellect and a smooth advocacy style." "He is technically knowledgeable and very calm and collected."
Recent work: Advised the Duke of Sussex in a case regarding breach of privacy under GDPR, after Splash News chartered a helicopter to fly over his property and take detailed photographs of his private residence for publication in a national newspaper.
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