WHO WE ARE

Director 

Robin Callender Smith PhD, LLM, LLB and Barrister

Professor of Media Law, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
Member: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CEDR-qualified Mediator
Member: QMUL’s TMT Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Independent Adjudicator since 2013: Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority’s Customer Dispute Resolution Scheme

Robin was an English Judge for over 10 years dealing with Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Environmental Protection Regulation appeals. He was also a Deputy Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee – dealing with early LIBOR decisions – a member of energy regulator Ofgem’s independent Enforcement Decisions Panel, an Executive Board member of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and a legal Chair of the Phonepaid Services Authority’s Code Adjudication Panel. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1977. He has worked for over 40 years as a national tabloid media lawyer and is the author of Celebrity and Royal Privacy, The Media and the Law (2015: Sweet & Maxwell) and Press Law (1977: Sweet& Maxwell) and co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Data Protection and Privacy Law (Sweet & Maxwell).

Director and Company Secretary

Valerie Eliot Smith BA, Barrister
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL
Member: QMUL’s TMT Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Website: https://valerieeliotsmith.com/

Valerie was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1987 after completing her Diploma in Law at the University of Westminster. She obtained a BA (hons) in English Literature from Bedford College, University of London in 1977. She worked as a Barrister in private practice and as a Prosecution Team Leader in the Crown Prosecution Service, before co-founding ARBITA. Prior to that, she worked with the international public relations consultancy, Hill & Knowlton. Her specialist interests include privacy and confidentiality, open justice and the legal/policy issues relating to cyberspace/the internet, with a particular focus on the feminist perspective. Valerie completed the Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the SPC, Regent's College, London in 2002.

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