The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Gill Phillips

Gill Phillips is a lawyer who works as an editorial legal consultant for a number of NGOs and not for profits, advising on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions. For over 10 years she was the Director of Editorial Legal Services at the Guardian News and Media. In that capacity she was involved in the Trafigura super injunction case, and has advised GNM publications on Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and various big data leak stories such as the Panama and Paradise Papers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the University of Law Employment Law handbook.

Gill is a member of the CIJ’s Board of Trustees.

Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

Josie Stewart: Whistleblowing and the British State

In the wake of the chaos surrounding the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Josie Stewart, then a senior official at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, became concerned that the truth was not being told by the government and talked to a journalist.
Summer Conference Event
 — Discussion Keynote

Chris Mullin: Protect Sources!

Chris Mullin, journalist and former MP has won his fight against being forced to hand over material that would identify confidential sources relating to his investigations into the Birmingham Six. He will be joined by the veteran crime journalist Duncan Campbell and Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services at the Guardian to discuss the case and the importance of source protection.
Symposium Event
 — Seminar

Blowback: The Dangers of Whistleblowing – For Both Sources and Journalists

The need for stronger protection for whistleblowers is regularly discussed but far less attention is given to addressing the dangers of whistleblowing before the decision to raise concerns has even been made.
Symposium Event
 — Panel

Spies Like Us: The Return Of The Espionage Act

The American authorities are increasingly resorting to The Espionage Act 1917 to prosecute journalists, and the British Government prepares its own Espionage Act which conflates journalists, whistleblowers and spies.