ROBIN CALLENDER SMITH - PhD, LLM, PGDip, LLB and Barrister
Honorary Professor of Media Law, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and a founder member of its TMT Institute.
Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CEDR-qualified Mediator.
Adjudicator for Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority’s (QFCRA) Customer Dispute Resolution Scheme and UK's Society for Computers and Law (SCL) Adjudication Panel.
Robin was an English judge for over ten years dealing with immigration & asylum, data protection and information rights appeals. He served as Deputy Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee (including 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 Insurers 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 45 years as a national tabloid media lawyer. He is the author of "Celebrity and Royal Privacy, The Media and the Law" (2015: Sweet & Maxwell) and "Press Law" (1977: Sweet& Maxwell). He is also co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Data Protection and Privacy Law (Sweet & Maxwell).
VALERIE ELIOT SMITH - BA, DipLaw and Barrister
Director and Company Secretary
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
Member: QMUL’s TMT Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Valerie was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1987 after completing her Diploma in Law at the University of Westminster. She received 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 and policy issues relating to cyberspace and the internet, with a particular focus on the feminist perspective.
Valerie completed a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the SPC, Regent's College, London in 2002.