Specialists in media and information law
One Brick Court is a leading set of barristers’ chambers practising in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, confidence, contempt of court, reporting restrictions, freedom of information and data protection.
Winner of Set of the Year for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
Latest News & Cases
16th February 2017 - Court of Appeal (Arden LJ, David Richards LJ, Irwin LJ) -
16th February 2017 - Following a hearing in January 2017, the First Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) has ruled that the Cabinet Office was entitled to rely on the exemption in s.37 of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) when it refused to confirm or deny whether it held information concerning whether a company had applied for permission to use the word ‘Royal’ in its name.
S.37(1)(b) FOIA provides a qualified exemption for information if it relates to ‘the conferring by the Crown of any honour or dignity’. The FTT found that FOIA should be interpreted purposively, and that s.37(1)(b) FOIA could be understood “to relate to the honours system in its widest sense, including the system for giving permission to companies to use the term ‘Royal’.”  The FTT ruled that the public interest in this case favoured maintaining the confidentiality of the honours system, free from outside interference, and acknowledged the expectation of privacy of applicants .
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by the Government Legal Department, appeared for the Cabinet Office.
30th January 2017 – 10 day libel and harassment trial begins today before Mr Justice Warby. Heather Rogers QC, instructed by Payne Hicks Beach, will appear for the claimant.
24th January 2017 - 3 day hearing before the Supreme Court starts today. Richard Rampton QC and Kate Wilson for Times Newspapers Ltd
17th January 2017 -Rolls-Royce PLC has reached agreements with the SFO in London, the DoJ in the United States, and prosecutors in Brazil to settle bribery and corruption allegations and will pay about $809 million for the global resolution following the completion of the SFO’s largest investigation since its establishment in the 1980’s.
17 January 2017 – In what would be a landmark privacy ruling, the Appellant seeks an interim non-disclosure order to prevent his identification as a person arrested in connection with allegations of child sexual grooming/prostitution. The Respondents wish to publish reports of reporting restriction proceedings concerning the Appellant, in the course of which certain of the private information in question was referred to in open court. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether, following the decision in A v British Broadcasting Corporation (Scotland)  UKSC 25, the Court of Appeal erred in its approach to balancing the privacy rights of a person arrested but never charged and subsequently ‘de-arrested’ for an offence, against the right of the press to report open court proceedings. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, will appear before Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption and Lord Reed.