About Kelsey Farish

I’m a London-based lawyer at DAC Beachcroft, an international law firm.  I’m an expert in deepfakes and digital media, and advise clients on media, privacy and technology matters.

To get in touch, please visit my contact page.

Key Publications

Personality Rights: From Hollywood to Deepfakes.  AI In the Audiovisual Sector, European Audiovisual Observatory (January 2021)


Beauty and the Brand: Drafting Contracts for the commercial use of someones’ image. The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Oxford University Press (December 2020)


Deepfakes.  Legal Guidance, LexisNexis (November 2020)


Do Deepfakes Pose a Golden Opportunity?  The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Oxford University Press (November 2019)

Media Appearances and Consultations

European Parliament, STOA Panel – expert consultation regarding European legislative proposals to combat deepfakes and online harms. April 2021.


Channel 5 News Tonight – interviewed regarding the cheerleader deepfake case. March 2021.


Channel 4 Dispatches – interviewed regarding deepfakes and attempts to regulate their proliferation. December 2020.


International Risk Governance Center – participated in a two-day experts’ workshop in Zurich, Switzerland and assisted in the development of the policy brief, Forged authenticity: governing deepfake risks.  September 2019.

Education and background

I was born in Germany to Americans working abroad, and split my childhood and early adulthood between Germany, Austin (Texas), and Seattle (Washington State). After earning my undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 2010, I moved to London to pursue my masters’ degree at the London School of Economics, and worked in marketing and media research for two years before becoming a lawyer (solicitor, England & Wales). I have always been interested in the performing and creative arts, and chose to specialise in media and technology law. I sat the California bar exam in 2019. When I’m not lawyering, I’m usually on my Peloton bike, or curled up on the couch with a glass of wine and planning post-coronavirus adventures with my husband.


Law School (LPC): City Law School, University of London.  MSc: The London School of Economics & Political Science.  BA: Washington State University.  High School: The Annie Wright School.

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