Helena Shipman


Helena has been involved in a variety of media and international disputes and has assisted with numerous high profile claims before the High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice, on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

Helena advises on libel, misuse of private information and data protection claims (pre-publication and post-publication including claims with international aspects), Norwich Pharmacal applications; cases against national newspapers, search engines, social networks and individuals.

Helena has assisted on numerous reputation management claims. Her clients include politicians, charities, ultra-high net worth individuals and leading businessmen for whom she has secured substantial damages against national newspapers including the Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail and The Sun.

Helena was the lead associate on a complaint made by a prominent Tory peer against the Jewish News online and its editor. The case was successful and a front page apology was obtained in both hard and digital copy together with substantial damages and costs. Helena also assisted on a complex defamation claim for another high profile politician. Helena was the lead associate advising on a reputation matter for a high profile ultra-High Net Worth individual involving copyright issues, various takedown work and advice on reputation management.

Helena was part of the team who obtained a six figure libel damages award on behalf of a prominent Pakistani businessman in his claim before the High Court against a Pakistani media network incorporated in England. This resulted in the first award of a s12 Defamation Act 2013 remedy requiring the Defendant to publish a summary of the judgment on their television network.

Helena has assisted in a number of international sanctions cases for prominent businessmen involving applications to the European Court of Justice to annul sanctions implemented by the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Helena was also part of the team acting for a prominent international businessman in his defence of the Burnett litigation in New York.

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