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Dario Milo
Dario Milo
Position: Partner
Department: Dispute Resolution
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5232

Dario Milo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Webber Wentzel, where he leads a team that focuses on communications and information law.

Dario obtained the degrees of BComm, LLB and LLM in Company Law and Constitutional law from the University of the Witwatersrand. After working as an associate in the Media Law Department, Dario studied for an LLM degree in Communications Law at University College London.

Thereafter, he read for a PhD degree at University College London. His thesis examined privacy, reputation and freedom of the media in the context of the law of defamation and privacy, with particular emphasis on South African, English and US law.

Whilst in London, Dario also qualified as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales, and taught Media and Entertainment Law at the University College London and BPP Professional Education plc.

Dario teaches media law, access to information law, and privacy law at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is a visiting associate professor. He is the author of Defamation and Freedom of Speech, published by Oxford University Press, and co-author of the forthcoming book, A Practical Guide to Media Law. Dario and his team have been commissioned by Juta & Co to write a guide on the Protection of Personal Information Bill when it becomes law.

Areas of expertise
  • Print and electronic media law
  • Data protection and privacy law
  • All aspects of the law relating to information, including access to information and confidential information
  • Anton Pillar applications in respect of confidential information breaches
  • Constitutional law, including free speech law
  • All aspects of corporate and commercial law litigation
  • Top matters
  • Made written and oral submissions to parliament on the Protection of Personal Information Bill
  • Representing public and private bodies in various Promotion of Access to Information Act disputes, including in litigation before the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.
  • Advising clients, including conducting audits, drafting policies and providing training, on the Protection of Personal Information Bill.
  • Made written and oral submissions to parliament on the Protection of State Information Bill, the Companies Bill, the Companies Amendment Bill, the Judicial Service Commission Amendment Bill and the Protection from Harassment Bill.
  • Appearing for clients before various regulatory bodies, including the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, the Press Ombudsman, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Films and Publications Board, and all their appellate bodies.
  • Representing the Independent Newspaper group in its Constitutional Court action to obtain classified documents in the Masetlha v the President of RSA litigation.
  • Representing the Goodman Gallery in the claim by the African National Congress and President Zuma in relation to The Spear.
  • Representing the world-renowned cartoonist Zapiro and various media groups in defamation litigation brought by the President of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma.
  • Highlights
  • Listed in the 2014 edition of The International Who's Who of Telecoms Lawyers.
  • Listed in the 2013 edition of The International Who's Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers.
  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in the field of Media & Broadcasting by Chambers Global 2007-2014.
  • Included in the Expert Guides' The Best of the Best 2009 and 2011 in the field of Media Law.
  • Nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers 2008-2010 as one of the pre-eminent media practitioners in the world.
  • Listed by Legal Experts EMEA 2012 - 2013 as an expert in his field.
  • Included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 300 Young South Africans you have to have lunch with supplement, 2009.  This is a list of young professionals who will shape our country in the decades to come.
  • Endorsed as a Media Lawyer by PLC Which Lawyer? 2008-2010.
    Served on the Review Panel in respect of Sunday Times reporting.