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Nicola Cain

Nicola Cain is a specialist in media and information rights compliance, regulation, enforcement and disputes.

Nicola has extensive experience providing pre- and post-publication advice to the print, broadcast, digital and social media and their insurers, and conducting investigations and disputes arising out of claims in:

  • defamation    
  • privacy & confidence
  • contempt
  • data protection
  • information access legislation (such as the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004)
  • press and broadcast regulation
  • public law
  • reporting restrictions
  • the protection of journalistic information and freedom of expression

Nicola is an expert in data privacy issues in the media and technology sectors and is a regular industry speaker. She holds the IAPP CIPP/E certification and advises on data protection compliance, including subject access requests and objections to processing, the impact of GDPR, cyber-incidents and data breaches and related complaints, regulatory investigations and enforcement, and litigation.

Nicola co-authored the 4th edition of 'Defamation: Law, Procedure & Practice' (2009).

Prior to joining RPC, Nicola gained significant in-house experience at a world-renowned public service broadcaster.

Relevant work

  • R (On the application of DSD & NBV) & others v Parole Board & others [2018] EWHC 694 (Admin)

  • Gubarev & others v BuzzFeed & another [2018] EWHC 512 (QB)

  • Stunt v Associated Newspapers [2017] EWHC 695 (QB)

  • Mahmood v BBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1567

  • R (on the application of JC & RT) v Central Criminal Court [2014] EWCA Civ 1777

  • Sugar (Deceased) v British Broadcasting Corporation [2012] UKSC 4

  • In re: BBC (Attorney General's Reference No.3 of 1999) [2010] 1 AC 145

  • R (on the application of the British Broadcasting Corporation & another) v Secretary of State for Justice [2012] EWHC 13 (Admin)


International Association of Privacy Professionals

Directory quotes

"Phenomenal talent' Nicola Cain draws on her in-house experience at the BBC to advise household names on contentious and non-contentious defamation, misuse of private information and data protection issues." - Legal 500 2020

Nicola Cain is "very responsive and good at providing practical advice". - Legal 500 2020

"A rising star of the reputation management space."  - Chambers UK 2019

Clients say "she has an incredible depth of understanding of the interaction between media law and data protection, which is invaluable." Chambers UK 2019

"Hugely experienced" - Legal 500 UK 2018

"Practical and approachable" - Legal 500 UK 2018