Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Freedom of Expression vs. the Right to Privacy

20 March 2012 | Amanda Hemingway

The School of Law in conjunction with leading city law firm, Mishcon de Reya, and the Alumni Office at the University of Leeds arranged an alumni event on Monday, 12 March 2012 around the theme 'Freedom of expression vs. the right to privacy - Who guards the guardians? Are we any the wiser?'.

The event was held at Mishcon de Reya’s Red Lion Square Office.

The event took the form of a structured debate between invited Leeds alumni panellists Sara Mansoori of leading human rights chambers Matrix Chambers; James Libson, Executive Partner, Mishcon de Reya and Paul Vallely, Associate Editor at The Independent and audience members (likewise all Leeds graduates from a variety of professional backgrounds including the legal profession, national media, private sector, voluntary sector and current Leeds students) around the theme of freedom of expression and individual privacy.

The discussion was co-chaired by Professor Ian Cram and Tony Morton-Hooper, Senior Partner, Mischon de Reya and centred around themes concerning the Leveson Inquiry and its likely outcomes, the future of voluntary regulation for the print media, the nature of public interest justifications in privacy intrusion cases. Panel members speculated about the future of investigative journalism in the tabloid press.  Members of the audience were also able to quiz the panel. 

Following the end of the panel and audience discussion, guests were able to relax by sampling some of the superb canapés supplied courtesy of Mishcon de Reya and catch up with their fellow graduates over a glass of wine (or two).

The event has hopefully cemented further contacts between the School of Law and its alumni and also established new contacts that will be of mutual benefit to all concerned.

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