Author Biographies

Gavin Millar QC is a leading silk at the English bar working in the areas of media, information, public, employment and discrimination law. He often represents media outlets, journalists and politicians in both civil and criminal proceedings. In 2012, he was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK media in the Guardian Media One Hundred after representing the Telegraph Media Group at the Leveson Inquiry. He was also recognised as the Chambers & Partners Privacy/Defamation Silk for 2012. In 2013, he advised the Guardian on its Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s disclosures. He recently successfully defended the Sun newspaper in the “plebgate” libel trial.

Gavin speaks and publishes widely on freedom of speech and media law themes, and is a Council of Europe and EU expert in media law. He is an author of Media Law and Human Rights (OUP, 2009). He is a member of Matrix Chambers.

Dr Andrew Scott is an associate professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His main research and teaching interests lie in the fields of media law and regulation, and constitutional law. He has published widely in these areas. He is an author of Gatley on Libel and Slander (Sweet & Maxwell, 2013/2015), Broadcasting (Halsbury’s Laws of England, LexisNexis, 2011), and Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy (LexisNexis, 2010).

Aileen McColgan is a barrister specialising mainly in public and employment law with a particular interest in equality/discrimination, human rights, education law and community care law. Her practice also extends to privacy, data protection and freedom of information law. She is Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London; Vice President of the Institute of Employment Rights; editor of the Education Law Reports, a member of the editorial committees of Public Law, European Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law; a trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and a former Executive Committee Member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society. She has published very widely on human rights, discrimination and employment law. She is a member of Matrix Chambers

Conor McCarthy is a barrister specialising in public and regulatory law, civil claims and international law. Prior to coming to the bar, Conor was a fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and taught international law at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of Monckton Chambers.