Lorna Skinner

Barrister, Working at Matrix Chambers

Lorna's specialist area of practice is media and information law. This encompasses defamation, breach of confidence, misuse of private information, privacy, freedom of expression, data protection, Article 8 and Article 10 related human rights law, contempt, harassment, open justice and reporting restrictions. She has developed a particular speciality in defamation and privacy in cases involving the internet and harassment. She also has experience in freedom of information and PACE and Terrorism Act production orders, aspects of sports law and a strong interest in civil actions against the police.

Lorna is ranked as a leading junior in the current editions of Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, in which she is variously described as a barrister who “has a broad defamation and privacy practice but really shines on cases involving human rights”, “is noted for the quality of her advocacy and praised for her good judgment”, is “bold and confident in her approach”, “delivers good results through hard work and dedication” and “is very amenable, and very easy to work with”. In previous editions she has been described as “a media law specialist with a great reputation in defamation and privacy work”, with “an impressively rounded skill set” (Chambers & Partners 2013); “someone whose judgement is spot on”, an “extremely good advocate, who is good both on paper and on her feet" (Chambers & Partners 2012); a “solid advocate” who is“hardworking and committed to her clients” (Legal 500 2012) and “thorough, hardworking, dedicated, highly intelligent and very pleasant to work with" (Legal 500 2011).

Lorna has extensive litigation experience acting for both claimants and defendants and has acted for television companies, national and local press, publishing houses, Members of Parliament, government departments, local authorities, trades unions and the police, as well as for individuals. In addition to defamation and privacy litigation, she has handled a large number of privacy injunctions, contempt proceedings arising from breaches of injunctions andNorwich Pharmacalapplications. Her practice also includes pre-publication advisory work. 

Lorna accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


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