Remy Chavannes

“Great knowledge of media and online platforms.” – Chambers and Partners Europe

Remy Chavannes (admitted to the Bar in 2000) specialises in media, copyright and information law, with a special focus on platform regulation and litigation. He has litigated dozens of cases before national and EU courts in areas such as intermediary liability, content moderation, defamation, the “right to be forgotten” and digital IP enforcement. He combines legal creativity with an eye for the technological, business and social context in which digital service providers operate.

Remy co-heads Brinkhof’s media and platforms team, which advises some of the world’s largest media and technology companies on EU and national regulation of online services. This includes supporting public policy teams on pending legislation and national transposition, and product counsel teams on compliance, as well as devising and executing litigation strategies.

The team also litigates and advises on issues across a broad range of information law, including class actions; content licensing (including rate-setting disputes); content moderation; telecoms and audiovisual media services regulation (with a special focus on jurisdiction strategy and disputes); freedom of information; reuse of public-sector information; defamation and image rights; and obligations to remove and produce information in the context of civil enforcement, law enforcement, and national security.

Chambers & Partners writes: Clients praise Remy Chavannes’ ‘great presentation skills in court, articulate manner and out-of-the-box thinking’; a practical problem solver with a strong sense of Dutch law and international business goals,” say clients. “He is recognised as one of the leading figures in the media and telecoms fields, and is noted for his strength in litigation.”

Legal 500 quotes another client: “It is a true joy to work with him. He is analytical and very capable of translating complex legal situations into practical and straightforward advice. Besides that, he has a good radar for political sensitivities and acts strategically where required. Remy is the kind of lawyer that can make his client swallow a bitter legal pill and still be thanked for it by a group of happy people at the end of the call.”

Remy is a member of AIPPI’s Programme Committee and Standing Committee on Copyright. Remy regularly publishes and lectures on copyright, media and platform regulation, including co-authoring biannual chronicles of law and technology for the Nederlands Juristenblad and EU digital regulation for the Bulletin of the Media Law Resource Center. Remy has been a partner at Brinkhof since 2007.

He studied Modern History (Balliol College, Oxford, 1997) and Law (Leiden University, 2000).