Caroline Kean

Caroline is highly-regarded figure in the London media litigation market, with immense experience in resolving complex media disputes. She is a commercially astute lawyer who clients turn to with seemingly impossible issues. Known especially as a fearsome tactician, she is able to enforce her clients’ rights whilst ensuring that their reputation and commercial interests are protected.

Caroline joined Wiggin as a partner in 1995 to establish the litigation practice and bring together some of the country’s leading media litigators. She engenders fierce loyalty from within the litigation team and from her clients, who respect her drive, commitment and enthusiasm.

Caroline’s practice covers all aspects of media related litigation: regulatory disputes (including judicial review), contractual disputes, accounting and professional services claims, rights protection, data protection and privacy disputes, FMCG disputes and defamation claims.

Caroline’s experience of the publishing sector is particularly notable: she is always highly ranked by the legal directories for her defamation and privacy expertise and is frequently consulted by trade associations, universities and media organisations for her insight on industry issues.

She is a Fellow of the RSA, a trustee of Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, an associate of Newnham College, Cambridge, legal advisor to Women in Journalism and a member of the Media Society.

  • Recent Experience

    • WH Smith Travel Holdings Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Ltd. Acted for the Defendant on a claim relating to monies said to be due under a FMCG contract
    • Hannon & Dufour v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. Defended News in claims for breach of confidence and misuse of private information
    • Quick Draw LLP v (1) Global Live Events LLP (2) Christopher Hunt (3) Michael Henry (4) Iambic Media Ltd. Acted for the provider of a bridging loan to finance a concert in a claim for copyright in sound and film recordings of the concert as security for the loan
    • HM Attorney General v The Conde Nast Publications Ltd. Acted for the respondent to an application for committal for contempt in relation to a GQ article
    • Mensah (T/A 37 Days 3 Hours 9 Minutes Creative) v Darroch & 8 Ors. Acted for Shine group, Channel Four and Princess Productions in the successful defence of a claim for dishonesty and conspiracy relating to format rights
    • Caborn-Waterfield v (1) Jacqueline Gold (2) Random House Group Ltd. Defended a libel claim relating to Jacqueline Gold’s autobiographies
    • Morris v Times Newspapers Ltd. Defended a libel claim relating to an interview with Brooke Magnanti (Belle de Jour)
    • Richard Desmond v Tom Bower. Defended author Tom Bower and HarperCollins in a defamation claim re his book Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge
    • Michael Charman v (1) Orion Publishing Group Ltd (2) Orion Books Ltd (3) Graeme McLagan. Defended the author and publishers of a book on police corruption using the defence of responsible journalism
    • Universal Studios International BV v Flextech Rights Ltd. Represented Living TV on the early termination of a Dutch law ‘run of the series’ deal for The Jerry Springer Show
    • Professor Tonmoy Sharma v (1) Peter Jay (2) Frank Wells (3) Medico-Legal Investigations Ltd. Defended a slander action and brought a libel action in relation to the work of the Defendants in investigating the Claimant’s conduct in the course of clinical research.
    • Kate Moss v Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. Defended a libel action in relation to the programme ‘The Truth About Kate Moss’ on the basis of justification
    • Lakah Group v Al Jazeera Satellite Channel. Acted for the Defendant in the disposal of libel proceedings and an application to commit for contempt
    • Dehlavi v (1) Orion Books Ltd (2) Sir Christopher Lee. Acting for the Defendants in a libel action arising out of Sir Christopher’s autobiography
    • Appleton & Gallagher v Emap Elan Ltd. Acted for the Defendant in a breach of contract/false endorsement claim
    • Dyson Limited v Which? Limited. Represented Which? in an application for pre-action disclosure of testing information
    • McLaren International v Cisco Systems Inc. Represented Cisco in a dispute regarding a sponsorship agreement
    • Baxendale-Walker v Middleton & others. Successfully defending Deloitte LLP in a claim for conspiracy and malicious falsehood relating to the provision of expert evidence