Tim Smith

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Practice Areas

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Cyber liability

Data protection


Insurance, reinsurance & coverage


Tim is a partner and heads up BLM’s technology and media team specialising in defamation, breach of confidence, privacy and data protection.

His clients include local authorities, schools, universities, police forces, sports bodies and charities.

He advises clients in relation to the Freedom of Information Act and regularly advises clients on data protection compliance and on claims and regulatory issues following data security breaches. This includes advising public sector clients on data protection compliance and on responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.  It also includes assisting public sector clients in relation to claims for defamation (arising, for example, out of website publications, press releases, newsletters and magazines), privacy claims and data protection claims (for example regarding the publication of information by social services departments and schools).

Professional Memberships

Appointed to the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee

Chair of the Law Society's Defamation and Privacy Working Groups

Chair of the Law Society's Defamation Pre-Action Protocol Working Group