Andrew specialises in reputation management. His work covers all aspects of media law, including defamation, confidence, privacy, harassment, data protection and intellectual property rights. His background as a commercial litigator means that he also has considerable expertise in high value disputes and cases, particularly those involving civil fraud and cybersecurity.
The nature of Andrew’s work is often confidential, however recent reported cases include Max Mosley v Google Inc and Hourani v Thomson & others. He has particular expertise in the evolving field of cyber and privacy law, representing victims of highly sophisticated cyber-attacks and privacy intrusions in some of the most significant and ground-breaking cases in this jurisdiction. Andrew also has considerable recent experience in areas relating to the protection, regulation and disclosure of information, including in the context of the GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018 and claims under the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction.
The Legal 500 UK has listed Andrew for many years as a “Recommended Lawyer” and he was ranked in the The Legal 500 UK 2021 law directory in the field of Reputation Management as a ‘Rising star’ and is noted as having “far more experience than most lawyers of his age. He has great judgement and an unflappable temperament."
Andrew writes numerous articles and contributions in the national and legal press, and gives conferences on a wide range of legal issues relating to media and privacy law.
Andrew read French and Italian at Durham University. He qualified in 2013 and joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2011. He was promoted to senior associate in 2018 and partner in 2020.
"Andrew Willan - excellent, efficient and very personable"The Legal 500 UK 2022
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