Nick McAleenan



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Nick McAleenan an 'authoritative' figure in the market, regularly instructed by nationally-known clients for reputation management cases.

Legal 500 2022

Nick McAleenan

Partner Manchester Media & Reputation Management; Data Protection & Privacy

Nick helps clients to protect their reputation, privacy, and confidential information.

Nick has pioneered data privacy claims. He led the JMW team representing data breach victims in the ground-breaking case of Various Claimants v Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. This was the first data breach class action in English legal history. Nick has also acted in cases involving cyber-crime, including hacking.

Nick is often instructed to help keep clients out of the limelight and to protect their reputation. Nick is recommended as being 'calmness personified' and a specialist in handling hostile media coverage (Legal 500). During Nick’s career he has acted in high profile cases, including “phone-hacking” and “super injunction” cases.

Nick has represented many high profile clients including well-known personalities and companies from the worlds of sport, entertainment and business. Nick’s cases often involve national newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters, and well known websites.

He advises individuals and businesses on a wide range of legal issues including:

  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Misuse of private information and harassment
  • Breach of confidence
  • Data Protection
  • Cyber security issues
  • Social media and internet disputes
  • Preventing and handling hostile media coverage

In addition to his specialism in handling media and data privacy disputes, Nick also has considerable experience of dealing with high value and complex commercial litigation disputes.

Nick is often invited to appear on TV and radio to comment on legal issues. For example, Nick has appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa and the Radio 4 Today show, and been quoted in numerous publications ranging from The Financial Times to The Guardian.

Nick is recommended as “vastly experienced” (Legal 500).

Nick can be seen discussing various topics on JMW's Inside Man:

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