Crossley says the reputation management and defamation sphere is ‘a very lively market at the moment’. Having represented former F1 boss Max Mosley in his landmark privacy law case, as well as acting for the 53 core participant victims at the Leveson Inquiry, the fearless and experienced lawyer says he ‘has more litigation going on than most’ (indeed, it’s difficult to get hold of him for an interview as he’s always in the courts).
He says a current trend among reputation lawyers is using the Data Protection Act
as a ‘weapon’ in court battles. However, he says this is still one of the largest grey areas in his world that ‘needs to be understood properly’.
‘It’s a very dense piece of European legislation,’ he says. ‘It relies on the European Data Protection directives and its language is designed particularly for computer systems and electronic data. The extent to which it can be of use as a replacement for libel is still at an early stage of its evolution.’
When not pursuing Google, the father of three spends his time coaching and playing cricket. ‘My home life is as exhausting as my work life,’ he jests. ‘But it’s all good fun most of the time.’