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Ian Helme

Ian Helme
Call: 2005

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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.


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Begg v British Broadcasting Corporation [2016] EWHC 2688 (QB)

28th October 2016 - Defamation - Andrew Caldecott QC and Jane Phillips act for BBC in its successful defence of justification against Imam Shakeel Begg accused of extremism [by preaching jihad as the greatest of deeds] on the Sunday Politics show.

Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2016

27th October 2016 - One Brick Court are absolutely delighted to announce that we have this evening been awarded Defamation Chambers of the Year at the Chambers and Partners 2016 Bar Awards.

Ian Helme to speak at the 10th annual Internet and Social Media Law Conference

26th October 2016 - The specialist event held by KNect 365 law on 1st December will cover the legal challenges surrounding the internet and social media with Ian Helme discussing internet content and injunctions, and the issues of whether material should or should not be blocked, during which he will examine the Cartier case and what it means for blocking injunctions in the IP world and beyond; the PJS privacy case and the challenges of enforcing injunctions in the internet age; and ensuring the necessity, proportionality and effectiveness of an injunction.

John Camp

24th October 2016 - Chambers is sad to report that John Camp, a member of Chambers from 1970 to 1986, died last week after a short illness. He had a distinguished copyright practice and edited Halsbury’s Laws on the subject.

Mini Pupillage 2017

19th October 2016 - Applications are now open for the next round of One Brick Court's mini-pupillage scheme. Please see our mini-pupillage page for further details on how to apply

Jon Gaunt v United Kingdom

4th October 2016 - The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a challenge brought by the radio broadcaster and columnist, Jon Gaunt, against the United Kingdom Government. David Glen acted with David Anderson QC on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in the Strasbourg proceedings.

Claire Overman to join Chambers

3rd October 2016 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Claire Overman has accepted an invitation to join 3rd October 2016 - Chambers as a tenant following the successful completion of her pupillage at One Brick Court. Claire studied for a BA in Law (with Law in Europe) and BCL at Keble College, University of Oxford, and Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II). She will practise in all Chambers’ main areas of expertise.