What others say
One Brick Court is consistently ranked as “leading chambers” in Defamation/Privacy in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 legal directories. Individual members of chambers are also ranked in Defamation/Privacy, Media/entertainment and Data Protection. We are also ranked as leading chambers in Data Protection in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
Below is a section of what they say and the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards won by Chambers in recent years.
CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS 2017
Defamation/Privacy - London (Bar)
A premier libel and privacy set that is home to a raft of leading experts, including eminent silks and talented junior barristers. It houses members with an almost unparalleled depth of experience and expertise across the spectrum of media law, who handle data protection, libel, breach of confidence, privacy and contempt cases. The set gains fantastic acclaim from instructing solicitors who commend its "exceptional barristers" for being "very user-friendly and ever ready to help."
Client service: The clerking team is described as "very efficient and effective," and senior clerk David Mace is described as "pragmatic, responsive and helpful."
Andrew Caldecott QC
A runaway star of the Defamation and Privacy Bar, widely regarded as the leading silk in the area. He has unrivalled Supreme Court experience and is continually instructed in high-profile, precedent-setting cases.
Strengths: "A genius. His knowledge is astonishing and his feel for a case is always spot-on. His advocacy is excellent." "He must be one of the top silks in the country. He's just amazing - a decent person and phenomenally clever." "Working with Andrew was the best moment in my career. He brings an electric focus to a case and has such charm and gravitas in court that judges are naturally inclined to what he has to say. A genuine talent."
Recent work: Defended the BBC against a claim brought by a prominent Imam relating to use of the word 'jihad'.
Manuel Barca QC
Highly sought-after media silk with expertise covering the full breadth of reputation management. He is instructed by major media organisations and broadcasters and is highlighted for his well-honed advocacy style.
Strengths: "He gives consistently good advice and is very good with clients." "He is robust, gutsy and friendly."
Recent work: Acted for AOL in a Court of Appeal case to test of the meaning of the s. 1 'serious harm' threshold.
Richard Rampton QC
Considered a go-to senior counsel on complex libel claims who has a strong track record in precedent-setting cases. He continues to act for newspaper groups and publishers in defamation proceedings.
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in the long-running Flood v Times Newspapers litigation.
Heather Rogers QC
Superb media silk who maintains a busy libel and data protection and privacy practice. She is considered a go-to for defamation claims and film-related litigation.
Strengths: "She is a leader; a really thoughtful and talented practitioner." "She has formidable forensic skills, gives cogent advice and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Defended Elaph Publishing against proceedings brought by His Highness Prince Moulay Hicham in the Court of Appeal.
Edward Garnier QC
Accomplished media barrister with several decades of experience in defamation, confidence, contempt and freedom of information cases. His practice is underpinned by a parallel career in politics: he was Solicitor General in 2010-12 and has served as an MP since 1992.
Recent work: Acted for Lord McAlpine in a successful libel claim against Sally Bercow.
Catrin Evans QC
New silk who has a phenomenal reputation at the Defamation Bar and is frequently a top choice among instructing solicitors for sensitive libel and DPA claims.
Strengths: "Her reputation as the top junior at the Defamation Bar was fully merited, and has now been recognised with her appointment as a QC this year. She is clever, hard-working and calm, and has extremely good tactical awareness and judgement." "She will clearly do very well - she's been brilliant for years."
Recent work: Defended Associated Newspapers in proceedings brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis under the DPA.
Outstanding reputation for media law matters with a strong track record acting both for and against the media. He draws praise for his understanding of the DPA and his strong advocacy skills.
Strengths: "He is very impressive and provides very good advice on privacy."
Recent work: Acted for Katie Price in a libel claim against her ex-husband and former manager.
A barrister with a fine reputation for his libel and privacy work, who regularly acts as sole counsel as well as alongside leading silks on prominent cases. He represents a range of media organisations, tech companies and individuals in media disputes.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright and someone you would want fighting your corner." "He is incredible and a great strategist."
Recent work: Defended Associated Newspapers in a claim for defamation and malicious falsehood initiated by Optical Express.
Senior defamation junior who is particularly well regarded for data protection and freedom of information matters.
Strengths: "He has an excellent grasp of the overlap between libel and data protection law and has excellent judgement. He is a very clear advocate and is not afraid to take on silks in court."
Recent work: Represented the defendants in McGrath & Anr v Bedford & Anr, a dispute between two rival water purification companies involving claims for malicious falsehood and defamation.
Well-regarded junior specialising in media litigation. She acts for a number of high-profile celebrity clients and media organisations in sensitive disputes. She also provides pre-publication advice to book publishers and broadcasters.
Strengths: "I would recommend her for her clear, prompt, thorough and excellent advice." "She is very calm and has a sharp legal mind." "She is highly experienced and has an ability to grasp the key issues and deliver constructive advice. She is approachable, versatile and good at managing clients' expectations."
Recent work: Acted for the BBC in a libel claim brought by a prominent Imam relating to the use of the word 'jihad'.
Popular junior who draws praise for her advocacy skills and busy defamation and privacy practice. She is best known for acting on behalf of newspaper groups and media organisations.
Strengths: "I have used her on defamation claims and have been very impressed."
Recent work: Acted for Associated Newspapers in libel proceedings brought by J. K. Rowling.
Highly experienced barrister who acts for both claimants and defendants in media disputes. He also provides advice on pre-publication to newspapers and magazines.
Strengths: "He is hugely experienced and has good judgement. He delivers advice in a client-friendly manner and has excellent drafting skills."
Recent work: Represented Oisin Tymon in a libel claim against Express Newspapers.
Frequently involved in high-profile libel and privacy claims, with recent experience in the Supreme Court. She has niche expertise in online issues and claims involving public authorities.
Strengths: "She is tremendous - her knowledge of the law is very impressive and she is able to act on instructions swiftly and in an unflappable manner."
Recent work: Successfully defended St George's Healthcare NHS Trust against a libel claim brought by the mother of a former patient.
Experienced practitioner who represents clients in cases involving media and information law, as well as human rights law. She has particular expertise in search engine and ISP liability issues.
Strengths: "Has the confidence of the judges and is wonderful at handling difficult opponents with grace and charm."
Recent work: Defended Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board in a libel claim brought by a surgeon employee.
Defamation and data protection practitioner who is well respected by broadcasters and other media organisations for defence work. His practice is augmented by his previous in-house experience at the BBC.
Strengths: "He has a genuinely encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law." "He's fantastic - incredibly responsive, really sharp and not afraid to give a frank view, which is refreshing."
Recent work: Acted for Google in defamation proceedings initiated by MP George Galloway.
Up-and-coming barrister who is quickly establishing a reputation as a leading junior at the Defamation Bar. She has acted for a range of national media organisations, charities and multinational corporations.
Strengths: "She's an exceptional junior; she's good at drafting, responsive and hard-working." "She is very impressive and gives excellent advice in conference and on paper. A rising star."
Recent work: Defended Dai Havard MP in defamation proceedings initiated by one of his constituents.
Highly experienced practitioner who is adept at acting for both claimants and defendants in defamation and media law cases. He is noted for his representation of high profile US corporations and individuals, as well as local government and other public authorities. He also has a thriving international practice, and has acted for clients in India, Gibraltar and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "He provides highly responsive advice," and has "encyclopaedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in the much publicised Construction Industry Vetting Information Group litigation that concerned allegations of 'blacklisting' in the construction industry.
Data Protection – London (Bar)
The barristers of One Brick Court remain at the vanguard of this area, frequently being sought out to act in cases of the highest profile or utmost sensitivity. It has always been a leading set in defamation and reputation management matters and its members are particularly well placed to represent clients in cases where these areas overlap with information law. Its accomplished roster of counsel are accustomed to representing clients in both the public and private spheres, including major media organisations, government bodies and NGOs.
Client service: "Their clerks are very good. David Mace, their senior clerk is pragmatic, responsive and helpful. There's a lot more personal service from them than you get from most other chambers."
Andrew Caldecott QC
Highly experienced silk with an outstanding reputation in the field of defamation. He has been involved in a number of leading cases in data protection law, including the House of Lords case of Campbell v MGN.
Strengths: "He is wonderful. He is incredibly bright and has his finger on the pulse. He has such good judgement." "He's a brilliant advocate and great to listen to."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for a number of claimants under the final stages of the phone interception compensation scheme that was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
Catrin Evans QC
New silk who enjoys an excellent reputation as an intelligent advocate capable of handling the most nuanced arguments in information law. She is also an extremely well-regarded practitioner in the area of defamation and privacy.
Strengths: "She is super brainy and a very pragmatic adviser. She has a great sense of what the client needs and completely understands the law and its complexities." "Catrin is modern in her approach, easy to work with and gets to the important points very quickly."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for Google in the case of Vidal-Hall.
Rises to the top rank of juniors this year in data protection and information law on the back of a growing appreciation of his expert counsel in a range of critical issues in the field, often on behalf of news media organisations. He is also well thought of in the related area of defamation/privacy.
Strengths: "He is very good; he is very clever, very hard working and has supreme legal knowledge." "He is very knowledgeable in data protection and gives good advice on the options."
Recent work: Acted for a Guardian journalist in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal by the Home Office against an ICO decision requiring the disclosure of the number of people who had been deprived of their citizenship on counter-terrorism grounds.
Versatile junior with a string of appearances in leading cases in the field of information law to his name. He is also well regarded for his expertise in defamation and public law as it applies to the media sector.
Strengths: "One of the best juniors around and has more experience than most of contentious data protection work. He is very bright and great to work with." "He has an unstuffy and practical approach. He's extremely bright and he has all the cases at his fingertips. He is particularly helpful in dealing with complex issues."
Recent work: Represented Elaph Publishing in defending a claim brought both in defamation and data protection with respect to an article published by the defendant about Prince Moulay Hicham on its website.
Enters the rankings this year on the back of a growing reputation as an expert junior counsel in data protection matters. He has already played an instrumental role in the establishment of certain principles in the field, including the 'right to be forgotten'.
Strengths: "He is really smart. He cuts to the point quickly and is very commercial." "He is extremely knowledgeable, excellent on his feet and someone who gives firm opinions on the merits and chances of success, which puts clients at ease."
Well regarded for the strength of his representation in a number of areas in information law, especially where it interacts with principles of privacy and reputation management. He has additional expertise in cases dealing with the application of Articles 8 and 10 ECHR.
Strengths: "He is very strong in the crossover between reputation management and data protection. Genuinely engaged, committed and hugely diligent." "The energy that he brings to a case is absolutely phenomenal. A great team player, his ability to come up with pretty much every available legal argument for assessment is incredibly impressive."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for Google in Belfast High Court in defending a claim under the DPA brought by George Galloway MP, a matter dealing with the liability of internet intermediaries for online content.
THE LEGAL 500 2016
Defamation and privacy - Leading set – Top tier
One Brick Court fields ‘highly intelligent minds who have the law at their fingertips’. It is ‘one of the premier sets for reputation and information law’, where members have ‘fantastic knowledge of traditional defamation and privacy work, with certain individuals developing knowledge in data protection law’. The ‘superb’ clerks are ‘a pleasure to work with’; ‘very flexible and supportive, and quickly resolving any unavailability issues’, ‘you get the sense they really value their clients.’ David Mace and Melvin Warner are ‘incredibly helpful, very responsive and understanding of solicitors’ requirements’. Emma Billimore completes the clerking team.
Heather Rogers QC - She provides formidable forensic skills and cogent advice, and is a pleasure to work with.
Manuel Barca QC - Thorough and committed in trial preparation and utterly professional in his style of advocacy.
Richard Rampton QC - He has a sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills.
Sir Edward Garnier QC - Very able; recommended by clients.
Andrew Caldecott QC - He has a dazzling intellect and is extremely thoughtful.
Aidan Eardley - He has a very thorough approach and is always on top of the detail.
Caroline Addy - Very calm and measured; she instils confidence in clients.
David Glen - Encyclopaedic in his knowledge and terrifyingly astute.
Hannah Ready - There is a confidence and maturity to her advice that is beyond her year of call.
Harvey Starte - He has encyclopaedic knowledge and a frighteningly good eye for detail.
Ian Helme - Personable, approachable, and prompt.
Jane Phillips - She provides clear, practical and effective legal advice.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball - An enthusiastic junior.
Kate Wilson - Her advocacy is very strong, as is her technical legal knowledge.
Sarah Palin - An excellent source of advice and service.
Timothy Atkinson - Highly knowledgeable and user-friendly.
IT and telecoms (including data protection) - Data protection – Leading set
Andrew Caldecott QC - Simply the man who you want to have on your side in any complex data protection dispute.
Ian Helme - He is personable, approachable, and client-friendly.
Aidan Eardley - He is fiercely bright and his advice is trusted and valued by clients.
Media and entertainment - Media and entertainment – Leading silks
Andrew Caldecott QC - He combines a huge intellect with a deep understanding of the media sector.
"New silks" list.
Defamation and privacy - Defamation and privacy – New silks
Catrin Evans QC - Able see the overall picture and give robust, commercial and legally incisive advice.
IT and telecoms (including data protection) - Data protection – New silks
Catrin Evans QC - She is incredibly hardworking and has great attention to detail.
Media and entertainment - Media and entertainment – New silks
Catrin Evans QC - An extremely clear strategic thinker.
Chambers and Partners Bar Awards
One Brick Court has won Defamation/Privacy Chambers of the year in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
We have also won Defamation/Privacy Silk and Junior of the year on several occasions.
Catrin Evans - Junior of the Year - 2015
Richard Rampton QC - Silk of the Year 2014
Aidan Eardley - Junior of the Year 2013
Andrew Caldecott QC - Silk of the Year 2009
Catrin Evans - Junior of the Year 2008
Andrew Caldecott QC - Silk of the Year 2007
Richard Rampton QC - Silk of the Year 2006
Andrew Caldecott QC - Silk of the Year 2005