Michael Yates


Michael Yates

Michael is an information litigator acting for both claimants and defendants. He specialises in advising individuals and companies on reputation management, information, cyber and media law disputes.

He covers the full spectrum of contentious matters, including defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, cyber, harassment, blackmail, right to be forgotten and subject access requests, malicious falsehood and copyright law, as well as regulatory media and data complaints, reporting restrictions, NDAs, injunction and Norwich pharmacal applications and coroners proceedings.

On the claimant side, he advises on stopping or mitigating media publication, broadcast or unlawful disclosure by malicious third parties of defamatory allegations or private or confidential information and how to obtain apologies, damages, injunctions and online takedowns. On the defendant side, he advises companies on managing cyber-attacks and the fall out, as well as how to protect publishers, platforms and data controllers and processors from legal exposure. He regularly works alongside other teams at Taylor Wessing to achieve results for clients.

He is ranked as "Up and coming" in Chambers & Partners and is "Recommended" by Spears Magazine.

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Global Data Hub

AI – the threats it poses to reputation, privacy and cyber security, and some practical solutions to combating those threats

Disclaimer: This article was written with the help of AI but also by Michael Yates, Andi Terziu and Alisha Persaud.

18 April 2024

by Michael Yates and Andi Terziu

1 of 6 Insights

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Real estate

Ghosts in the machine? How can property companies deal with the threat of cyber security

21 December 2023

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Data & cyber

Cyber security 2023: key threats and challenges

28 March 2023
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by multiple authors

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Global Data Hub - November - Cybersecurity

Data breach litigation latest: the floodgates are still closed in the UK

Michael Yates and Andi Terziu look at the lessons from recent data breach litigation.

8 November 2022

by Michael Yates and Andi Terziu

4 of 7 Insights

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