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‘I act for superstars and the super-rich. It’s been a busy time for both of them,’ says a cheerful Afia.
She’s been no less busy herself, recently taking over perhaps the biggest case of the year from Carter-Ruck — that of ‘PJS’ — which ultimately forbade the Sun on Sunday and the rest of the British press from detailing a celebrity threesome in a bath of olive oil, despite extensive coverage internationally and online. Some have argued the decision paves the way for other celebrities to hush up their infidelities, but Afia insists the case was an important one, and very much in the public interest.
‘The argument was that because the information was available in America and online, it was pointless to maintain an injunction in England,’ she says. ‘Had that argument won at the Supreme Court, it would have been the end of practical privacy protection in this country. It would have meant that anybody could take private information, publish it online or in a magazine in America, and then say the British press can print it, because it can’t be contained any more. That would have been really worrying.’
A regular commentator for UK and international media, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Afia joined Schillings in 2006 and was named Spear’s Reputation Lawyer of the Year in 2015.