SPEAKERS TECHLAW.FEST 2018: Robin Callender SMITH
Robin Callender SMITH
Centre for Commercial Law Studies
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Professor Robin Callender Smith is visiting Professor of Media Law at Queen Mary, University of London's Centre for Commercial Law Studies, where he completed all three of his law degrees: LLB (1973), LLM (2010) and his PhD as a 67-year-old in 2014. Shortly after that, his book Celebrity and Royal Privacy, the Media and The Law was published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2015.
He worked for five years as a journalist in the 1960s before qualifying and becoming a barrister of Gray’s Inn in 1974. He has over 40 years’ media law experience as a pre-production barrister advising the editors of UK tabloids like The Sun, The Sun on Sunday (including all the litigation stages to the Supreme Court of the high-profile celebrity privacy case of PJS v NGN in 2016) and The Sunday Express.
He was a judge for 12 years until 2017 dealing with Data Protection/Freedom of Information appeals from the Information Commissioner as well as working as a District Judge dealing with crime and as an Immigration Judge. He was independent Vice-Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority’s disciplinary regulatory body and an independent member of Ofgem, the UK’s gas and electricity regulator and has Board-level experience of corporate and financial communications strategy consultancy work in the UK.
He was appointed independent Arbitrator for the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority’s Consumer Dispute Resolution Scheme in 2013. Since 2017 he has lived in Penang.
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