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Nicola Cain
Partner at RPC


Nicola is a barrister and Partner at RPC, where she specialises in content and data protection compliance and disputes and technology regulation. She is particularly sought out by clients in the media and technology sectors for her "incredible depth of understanding of the interaction between media law and data protection". Nicola holds the IAPP CIPP/E qualification and is recognised as "A rising star of the reputation management space".

Nicola is currently representing: the author of the so-called 'Trump dossier' in separate defamation and data protection claims; Associated Newspapers Ltd in defending a misuse of private information, harassment and data protection claim brought by James Stunt (the ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone) which is the subject of a reference to the CJEU; and, True Vision Productions in its appeal against the imposition of a monetary penalty notice by the Information Commissioner.

Nicola trained at specialist media and entertainment law chambers 5RB where she was involved in notable cases including Warren v Random House Group Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 834, Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News & Media Ltd [2008] EWHC (QB), Murray v Big Pictures Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 446, and Joseph v Spiller [2009] EWHC 1152 (QB). She went on to join the BBC's Litigation Department where she provided pre-publication and litigation advice on a wide range of programmes including ‘Panorama’, ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’, as well as the BBC's election coverage, and acted for the BBC in Mazher Mahmood ('Fake Sheikh') v BBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1567, JC & RT v Central Criminal Court [2014] EWCA Civ 1777, R (oao BBC) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] 1 WLR 964, Sugar v BBC [2012] UKSC 4, In re: BBC Attorney General's Reference No.3 of 1999 [2010] 1 AC 145, Budu v BBC [2010] EWHC 616 (QB), and BBC & One Transport v Information Commissioner & another EA/2010/0150.

Nicola subsequently took on the role of Head of Legal – Freedom of Information and Contentious Data Protection and prepared the BBC’s response to the ICO's review (as part of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep) of websites and apps used by children, and was also involved in the BBC's defence in Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC & The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch).

Nicola co-authored the third edition of ‘Defamation: Law, Procedure and Practice’, was the Assistant Editor of ‘Human Rights Practice’ and is a contributing author to the forthcoming edition of Media Law and Practice.

Agenda Sessions

  • Platform Liability and Responsibility: Is a Duty of Care the answer?