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Defamation, Privacy & Reputation Management
December 2023

Pia Sarma
Editorial Legal Director at Times Newspapers


Pia Sarma is the Editorial Legal Director of Times Newspapers Limited in London, the publisher of The Times and The Sunday Times, and Deputy General Counsel at News UK, London. She advises the Editors of both newspapers on all content issues and leads the litigation against the publications. Significant cases include the Supreme Court decision in Flood v TNL, Hunt v TNL, Cruddas v TNL and Yeo v TNL, which have liberalised laws for public interest and investigative journalism. She also brought a libel fraud claim against Lance Armstrong.

Pia advised on the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, and has played a key role in the changes in law and regulation affecting journalism and free speech in the UK.

Pia became the Chair of the Steering Committee of the London Media Lawyers’ Association in October 2022. She previously worked at Finers Stephens Innocent, White and Case and Slaughter and May. Pia holds a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University and studied at the College of Law.

Agenda Sessions

  • Using public interest defences in defamation cases