Digital Media Group

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Digital Media Group Committee

Sacha Wilson, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Sacha Wilson is a partner in the Tech, Media & Entertainment (TME) group at Harbottle & Lewis. He is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with particular expertise in advertising, tech/digital, and data privacy. He has advised clients from a variety of sectors including some of the world’s best known brands, agencies, platforms and media companies. Sacha advises on a range of commercial transactions and has particular expertise in advertising and marketing related agreements (such as creative agency, media buying, and brand development) as well as more tech focused deals (including software development/licensing, cloud services and adtech). He also has expertise in general advertising compliance (including prize promotions, native advertising and product placement) as well as ecommerce and online consumer regulations. In relation to data privacy, Sacha has advised on all the key compliance areas and has worked with a large number of clients on their GDPR compliance programmes. Sacha has particular expertise in the data privacy aspects of marketing, adtech and digital media – he frequently advises on adtech vendor arrangements, programmatic advertising, mobile apps, and innovative digital marketing projects.

Ashley Hurst,
Partner, Osborne Clarke

Ashley is a commercial litigator and solicitor-advocate with a particular specialism in disputes relating to the internet, data, and reputation. He is also Osborne Clarke’s International Head of Digital Business.

Dominic Bray, Partner, Lee & Thompson LLP

Prior to joining Lee & Thompson in 2016, Dominic was a partner at Forbes Anderson Free, a highly respected boutique practice specialising in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution for clients in the media and entertainment industries. Before joining Forbes Anderson Free, Dominic headed the IP, Media & Technology group in the London office of international law firm, K&L Gates.

Nicola Phillips, Head of Legal, ITV Commercial & Group Marketing, ITV

Nicola is Head of Legal for the Commercial & Group Marketing divisions of the ITV group. In this role, Nicola is the primary legal contact for ITV’s commercial business and marketing activities including promotion of the ITV television channels and direct to consumer propositions (e.g. the ITV Hub service). While primarily responsible for data and privacy compliance in connection with advertising and marketing, she was closely involved in the wider cross-group implementation of GDPR. She has also recently overseen ITV’s agreement with Amobee to develop and launch a new programmatic, premium addressable advertising platform for the ITV Hub. Nicola also sits on the BCAP Committee.

Penelope Jones
, Trainee Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Penelope is a trainee solicitor at VWV LLP. She is passionate about media and technology law, with a particular interest in Internet regulation and the protection of rights and individuals in an increasingly digital world. Before joining VWV, Penelope worked at media law and cyber security firm Schillings, and during her legal studies wrote reports on the protection of copyright online and the liability of Internet intermediaries for online harms.

Neelam Dass, Associate, Bristows LLP

Neelum is an associate in the commercial IP/IT team at Bristows. She specialises in commercial transactions related to information technology, intellectual property, data privacy and e-commerce.

Neelum’s experience includes assisting and advising on the interpretation, negotiation and drafting of a wide range of commercial contracts related to technology, e-commerce, software licensing and social media. Neelum also drafts terms and conditions for websites and apps, privacy policies, sponsorship agreements and digital media contracts.

Neelum has completed secondments to the in-house legal departments of various clients where she gained valuable commercial experience. She spent several months with the in-house legal department of a leading IT outsourcing company, a global video games company and a top UK insurer.

Alice Esuola, Associate, Bird & Bird LLP

Alice is an associate in Bird & Bird's International Commercial Group in London and a member of their retail & consumer and media, entertainment & sport teams. She specialises in consumer, marketing and advertising law, providing support on commercial matters for consumer-facing clients, as well as advising clients on consumer law compliance.

She has advised clients on a broad range of commercial matters, including in relation to media services agreements, multi-jurisdictional promotions, consumer-facing terms and conditions, platform terms and e-commerce arrangements. In addition, she assists clients with marketing and advertising law queries such as copy clearance and compliance with the UK's advertising rules.

Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Alice worked in the commercial group at a leading City firm. Whilst there, she undertook a secondment at a news and media group which gave her invaluable insight into the media industry. Alice's experience has given her a good grounding to provide tailored and commercially focused legal advice which helps clients to achieve their strategic aims.

Function of the Group

To provide thought leadership on the interaction between computers and the media. This includes audio (radio), audio-visual (TV), magazines, newspapers, books, content aggregators, blogs, social media and other forms of UGC.

  • Responding to, and commenting on, law reform proposals.
  • Writing articles, blog posts etc.
  • Sponsoring and hosting events with leading speakers.
  • Identifying new legal issues for the sector.

Sharing knowledge on:

  • The law.
  • Market developments.
  • Business issues affecting the media sector.

Enhancing the SCL's reputation and influence in the media sector; providing 'added value' to SCL members with an interest in this area; and helping to inform the SCL committee on key media developments.

Areas of Interest


  • Format shifting, eg E-Books, Apps, online TV, online content aggregators.
  • New delivery platforms.
  • Social media.
  • Media business models.


  • Communications Act: licensing; EPGs etc

Regulation of Online Content

  • Defamation, misuse of private information, contempt.
  • Regulatory content standards – Ofcom, ATVOD, BBC Trust.
  • Social media issues.


  • The application of UK law to online content.
  • The regulation of online content in other jurisdictions.
  • Enforceability of UK and foreign judgments affecting the media.

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