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Seasons Greetings from One Brick Court
14th December 2016 - This year instead of sending Christmas cards, Chambers will make a donation to Shelter, the national campaign for homeless people, and Médecins Sans Frontières UK, whose medical teams act to save lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics.
Chambers will be closed from 6pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Should you require assistance during the holiday period please call David Mace on
Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Heather Rogers QC speaker at White Paper Conference on Defamation and Media
1st December 2016 - Heather Rogers QC will be speaking about "Public Interest" Journalism at the Defamation and Media Conference: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Clients
Jane Phillips and Kate Wilson to speak at the annual Protecting the Media Conference,
22th September 2016 - 1BC's Jane Phillips and Kate Wilson will be among the speakers at the "Protecting the Media 2016" conference which takes place today.
Defamation, Privacy & Reputation Management 2016
10th June 2016 - Heather Rogers QC is a key speaker a this years IBC conference on 14th June 2016 and will be giving a Defamation Update discussing the latest on "serious harm" and "Public interest" journalism after Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd
11th April 2016- Hannah Ready, instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, appears in court this week on behalf of Twitter Inc. in relation to a claim for Norwich Pharmacal relief.
European Commission launches E-Privacy Directive Consultation
18th April 2016 - Alongside the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation by the European Parliament, last week the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the e-Privacy Directive with a view to issuing a legislative proposal by the end of 2016.
One of the central aims of the consultation is to ensure that the e-Privacy Directive, which governs the processing of personal data and the approach towards privacy in the electronic communications sector, is consistent with the future GDPR. The consultation also seeks views on the need to update the Directive in light of new market and technological developments and in order to enhance the security and confidentiality of communications throughout the EU.
European Parliament adopts Data Protection Regulation
14th April 2016 - Today the European Parliament has formally adopted the EU Data Protection Regulation. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal, which is expected to take place in Summer 2016. The Regulation will then be directly applicable in Member States two years later, in Summer 2018. The adoption of the Regulation by Parliament is the final stage of what has been a lengthy process aimed at modernising and strengthening Europe’s Data Protection laws. In a joint statement issued by the European Commission the vote was described as “a significant achievement, and the culmination of over four years of hard work with the European Parliament, the Council, business, civil society and other stakeholders... Our work in creating first-rate data protection rules providing for the world's highest standard of protection is complete. Now we must work together to implement these new standards across the EU so citizens and businesses can enjoy the benefits as soon as possible.” Whether these are in fact ‘first rate’ rules will remain to be seen as businesses and practitioners start to have to grapple with them in practice.
Report of Independent Commission on Freedom of Information published
2nd March 2016 - The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has published its report on 1 March 2016. It was established by the Government in July 2015 to review the workings of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Axon v Ministry of Defence v News Group Newspapers Ltd
1st March 2016 - The trial starts today before Mr Justice Nicol of an interesting misuse of private information and breach of confidence claim by a former Royal Navy Commanding Officer against the MOD, with News Group, publisher of The Sun, an Additional Party sued by the MOD. Catrin Evans QC is acting for News Group (instructed by Wiggin LLP).
Permission to appeal granted in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd
14 January 2016 - The Court of Appeal has granted AOL permission to appeal the decision of Warby J on the issues of ‘serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL, the publisher of the Huffington Post.
Data Privacy & the Media
28th January 2016 - Catrin Evans will this evening appear as part of the panel of data privacy experts at a question time seminar on Data Privacy and the Media, hosted by RPC and chaired by Keith Mathieson.
Catrin Evans appointed Queen’s Counsel
11th January 2016 - One Brick Court is delighted to announce that Catrin Evans is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. The official appointment ceremony will take place on 22nd February 2016. Catrin was called in 1994, joined Chambers as a pupil the same year and became a tenant in 1995.
Rt Hon Lady Justice Victoria Sharp appointed Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division
11th January 2016 - Chambers offers its warmest congratulations to the Rt Hon Lady Justice Victoria Sharp on her appointment as Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division effective from 1 January 2016. Lady Justice Sharp was appointed to the Court of Appeal in October 2013, having previously sat as a Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court since January 2009. Lady Justice Sharp (Victoria Sharp QC) was a valued member of Chambers from 1982 to 2009.
The preliminary issues trial of s.1 (serious harm) and meaning starts today in Theedom v CSP
7th December 2015 - Kate Wilson, instructed by Ward Hadaway for the Defendants.
Sir Edward Garnier QC yesterday led for the SFO in the first Deferred Prosecution Agreement case
1st December 2015 - It was heard by Sir Brian Leveson, President of the QBD, who approved the agreement between the SFO and Standard Bank PLC, now known as ICBC Standard Bank PLC. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) acquired a 60% controlling interest in Standard Bank from Standard Bank Group after the events in question and neither it nor the new Bank had anything to do with the conduct described in the DPA.
Paddling in the backwater: Australian courts and online defamation
26th November 2015 - Australian courts have fallen further and further behind their counterparts in England and the United States when it comes to applying defamation law principles to online communications. Urgent legislative reform is required in the antipodes, writes One Brick Court Door Tenant, Dr Matt Collins QC.
One Brick Court once again recognised as a ‘leading set’ in Chambers & Partners 2016
3rd November 2016 - One Brick Court has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as a ‘leading set’ in both Defamation & Privacy and the Data Protection categories in the 2016 edition of the legal directory. One Brick Court is the only Chambers which has been ranked as a leading chambers in both categories in every year since the “Data Protection” category was instituted in 2014.
One Brick Court has 5 silks and 12 juniors recognised as leading practitioners for Defamation and Privacy. Five members are also ranked for their work in Data Protection, which covers all aspects of information law, including the Freedom of Information Act.
ss.34-38 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 come into force today.
3rd November 2015 - These provisions mean that exemplary damages may be awarded in claims against relevant publishers, who are not members of a regulator approved by the Press Recognition Panel, in claims related to the "publication of news-related material". S.39 (concerning the scope of aggravated damages) also comes into force today. To date, there is no regulator which has been approved by the PRP, while IPSO, which has been joined by a number of members of the press, is not seeking recognition.
Mr Justice Jay grants summary judgment and a final injunction for Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith
28th October 2015 - Mr Justice Jay today granted summary judgment in the claim of Brand & Goldsmith v Berki and made a final injunction preventing the Defendant from harassing the Claimants.
Aidan Eardley, instructed by Archerfield Partners, acted for Mr Brand and Ms Goldsmith.
Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – Court of Appeal
27th October 2015 - The Court of Appeal will today hear the long-awaited appeal by ANL against Dingeman J’s judgment following a trial last year ( EMLR 24). The Judge upheld a misuse of private information and data protection claim brought by the musician Paul Weller on behalf of his 3 children. The appeal will be heard by the Master of the Rolls, Tomlinson LJ and Bean LJ.
Annual Conference of the Society for Computers and Law
7th October 2015 - Timothy Atkinson has been invited to address the Annual Conference of the Society for Computers and Law on 8 October on the topic of ‘Cyber Crime and Data Protection Cyber Liability’. He has previously been asked to speak as a Data Protection expert at an EU Commission Conference in Amsterdam in 2014 and has been asked to attend as an expert adviser to the EU Commission funded E-Crime Project Workshop in Rome earlier this year and will attend the forthcoming Workshop in Delft in early 2016.
FOI: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector - Heather Rogers QC Keynote speaker
28th September 2015 - The event will be presented by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law jointly with the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and hosted by Law Firm, Baker & McKenzie LLP.
This event will consider the current legal framework and the range of private sector organisations that have been brought within its scope. It will explore differences in transparency requirements for private contractors, and proposals to further extend the FOI regime to private companies providing public services. The event will provide opportunity to hear both sides of the debate surrounding this important topic and the practical implications of reforms in this area.
The Legal 500 UK 2015 Awards
23rd September 2015 - One Brick Court are delighted to be short-listed for IP, IT and Media Set of the Year at this year's Legal 500 UK Awards. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 30 September 2015.
Clara Hamer - Pegasus Scholarship to the USA
21st September 2015 - From 21st September until 12th November 2015 Clara Hamer will be in the USA as an outgoing Pegasus Scholar. During this period Clara will undertake legal and political placements, including at the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Communications Commission, and with a number of media law specialists. Clara will be based predominantly in Washington D.C., but will also spend time with practitioners, judges and legal academics in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Delaware and California gaining a broad exposure to the US legal system with a particular focus on American media and First Amendment law.
One Brick Court ranked again as a “Top-Tier” set in Defamation and Privacy by The Legal 500 2015
17th September 2015 - All QCs are ranked as “leading silks” and 11 barristers are ranked as “leading juniors”. One Brick Court are also ranked for Data Protection and Media and Entertainment.
Heather Rogers QC to speak at the 21st annual Protecting the Media Conference
17th September 2015 -
1BC's Heather Rogers will be one of the speakers at the "Protecting the Media 2015" conference which takes place on Thursday, 24th September 2015.
She will be giving a Privacy update Considering all the leading developments and case law in these areas with an up-to-the-minute analysis of their practical impact
Bookings should be made with the conference organisers, IBC Legal Conferences.
Permission to appeal granted in Gulati & Ors v MGN Ltd  EWHC 1482 (Ch)
11th August 2015 - The Court of Appeal has granted Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd permission to appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Mann in Gulati & Ors v MGN Ltd  EWHC 1482 (Ch). In that decision, eight claimants were awarded a total of £1.2m in damages for privacy infringements arising primarily from phone hacking. The hearing of the appeal is to be expedited.
Judgment has today been handed down by Warby J in the case of Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd.
30th July 2015 - The claimant was successful in showing that the first Huffington Post article complained of had caused serious harm to his reputation, but unsuccessful in relation to the second article. AOL (UK) Ltd, the publisher of the Huffington Post, is to seek Warby J’s permission to appeal his decision relating to the first article at a hearing next term. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL.
Google Inc. v Vidal-Hall & ors
23rd July 2015 - Supreme Court grants Google permission to appeal in relation to data protection issues arising from Safari browser cookie case. Catrin Evans acts as junior counsel for Google (instructed by Bristows LLP)
The trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process in Lachaux v AOL has concluded
21 July 2015 - The trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd has concluded. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL, the publisher of the Huffington Post.
Coventry & ors (Respondents) v Lawrence & Anor (Appellants)  UKSC 50
22 July 2015 - By a majority of 5-2, the Supreme Court has held that the regime for the recovery of costs in civil litigation in England and Wales under the Access to Justice Act 1999 (“AJA”) is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
R (on the app. of David Davis MP & ors) v Sec. of State for the Home Dept & ors  EWHC 2092
17th July 2015 - The High Court has today declared section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (“DRIPA”) to be unlawful. The provision sets out a regime for the retention of relevant communications data.
Judgment in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd  EWHC 1847 (QB) handed down.
29th June 2015 - On application by the Defendant, Nicol J set aside an Order of Master Yoxall granting an extension of time for service of Particulars of Claim in relation to a second article now also complained of. An additional application to serve Particulars made before Nicol J was granted, but with the Claimant being required to pay costs. The two actions against AOL have now been consolidated and both will be dealt with at the forthcoming trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process on 20-21 July 2015. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL (UK) Ltd, the publisher of the Huffington Post.
In the matter of an application by JR38 for judicial review (Northern Ireland)
1st July 2015 -  UKSC 42
Ma v St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust  EWHC 1866 QB
30th June 2015 - St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has successfully defended a libel action brought by the mother of a patient. The Claimant sued in respect of publications of notes made by staff about her conduct when she brought her child to St George’s Accident & Emergency department. Sir David Eady found that the words complained of were substantially true and, in respect of the publication to the hospital’s health visitor liaison officer, the publication was on an occasion of qualified privilege, applying Clift v Slough Borough Council  1 WLR 1774. The Judge rejected the Claimant’s case on malice.
Dufour v News Group Newspapers Ltd – Mann J 12 June 2015
12th June 2015 - the trial of this breach of confidence/misuse of private information claim was adjourned by Mann J a week before it was due to start in order to allow the defendant to amend its case and adduce expert evidence. Catrin Evans acted for the newspaper (instructed by Wiggin LLP)
Hearing in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd before Nicol J.
11 June 2015 – AOL seek to set aside an extension of time for service of particulars in a new action brought by the Claimant, while Mr Lachaux seeks consolidation of the two actions ahead of the forthcoming trial of ‘serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready represent AOL (UK) Ltd.
BBC defeats injunction attempt by alleged IRA informant ‘Stakeknife’.
10th June 2015 - In the High Court in Belfast yesterday, the BBC successfully resisted an injunction application by Freddie Scappaticci to prevent the broadcasting of footage due to be shown in a BBC Spotlight investigation into allegations of state collusion with the IRA during the Troubles. Mr Scappaticci has been widely alleged to be ‘Stakeknife’, the State’s leading informant inside the IRA.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball acted for the BBC, instructed by the BBC Litigation Department.
Shobna Gulati & ors v MGN Ltd  EWHC 1482 (Ch)
21st May 2015 - Mr Justice Mann has today ordered that MGN Ltd pay very substantial sums of damages to eight individuals whose voicemails had been intercepted. The highest individual award was the sum of £260,250 awarded to Sadie Frost.
BBC v Roden UKEAT/0385/14/DA
14th May 2015 - The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the risk of reputational damage to a Claimant based on the public possibly failing properly to distinguish between an unfounded allegation canvassed during a case and a finding of guilt is not a valid reason for granting the Claimant an anonymity order.
One Brick Court is delighted to announce that Heather Rogers QC has joined Chambers.
11th May 2015 - Heather’s wealth of experience and vast knowledge in all areas of media law, established and developing, will be an enormous asset for the future. Members of Chambers and clerks are unanimous in welcoming her, on both a professional and a personal level.
Clare Kissin leaves One Brick Court to join the Government Legal Department
1st May 2015 - After 5 ½ years in practice Clare Kissin has decided to swap the independent Bar for the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor). She will be working in the Ministry of Justice private law litigation team where she will represent the Government in litigation relating to prisoners.
Complaint to IPSO under Clause 9 of the Editors’ Code of Practice (Reporting of Crime) upheld
22nd April 2015 - The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint against The Times over the use of a photograph of a man arrested on suspicion of murder together with a woman who was “plainly not personally relevant to the story”.
Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd  EWHC 915 (QB)
2nd April 2015 - AOL has successfully applied to have serious harm under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 tried by way of a preliminary issue. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin, represent AOL
One Brick Court - Seminar on ‘False Information: the new legal battlegrounds’
8th April 2015 - The seminar on 16th April will be chaired by Andrew Caldecott QC and will include sessions led by members of chambers, followed by a scenario based panel discussion. Few remaining places can be booked by emailing email@example.com
R(Evans) v Attorney General
26th March 2015 - The Supreme Court has dismissed the Attorney General’s appeal concerning his attempt to veto disclosure of correspondence between the Prince of Wales and government ministers. It is anticipated that the case will now resume in the Upper Tribunal, where, prior to the veto, the government departments were seeking permission to redact some of the correspondence before it is provided to Guardian journalist Rob Evans.
Cruddas v Calvert & Ors
17th March 2015 - The Court of Appeal has allowed in part the appeal by The Sunday Times and two of its journalists. Richard Rampton QC, Heather Rogers QC and Aidan Eardley acted for the Defendants/Appellants, instructed by Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP.
12th March 2015
Ex parte interim non-disclosure Order discharged by Dingemans J at the return date hearing in Earley v Winnifrith. Kate Wilson appeared for the Applicant and Hannah Ready for the Respondent
Edward Garnier to be made Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council
12th March 2015 - Sir Edward Garnier QC, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, is to be appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council, a formal body of advisers to The Queen.
“Plebgate” libel action finally settles.
4th March 2015 - It was announced today that the libel action by PC Rowland against Andrew Mitchell MP has settled on payment by Mr Mitchell to Mr Rowland of £80,000 in damages plus costs. Catrin Evans and Clara Hamer were junior counsel for Mr Rowland (instructed by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP).
“PNM” obtains permission to appeal to the Supreme Court
19th February 2015 - In October 2013, Tugendhat J refused to grant an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of “PNM” as an arrestee from being disclosed, a decision later upheld by the Court of Appeal. Permission has now been granted to appeal to the Supreme Court. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent “PNM”.
Ames v The Spamhaus Project Ltd
30th January 2015 - In a judgment handed down this week, Warby J refused to strike out a defamation claim brought by claimants resident in California, in respect of publications on the Spamhaus Project website. In so doing, he dealt with the important issue of the interaction between the Jameel test of ‘real and substantial tort’ and the 'serious harm' test in s.1 Defamation Act 2013. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acted for the Defendants.
Duncan and Neill on Defamation
30th January 2015 - The fourth edition of Duncan and Neill on Defamation, published in the Butterworths Common Law series, is now on sale. Written by Sir Brian Neill, Richard Rampton QC, Heather Rogers QC, Timothy Atkinson and Aidan Eardley, the new edition has been completely revised to take account of the Defamation Act 2013. It also includes chapters on malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, harassment and data protection.
30th January 2015 - Reminder that the deadline for applications for the next round of One Brick Court's mini-pupillage scheme is 1st February 2015. Please see our mini-pupillage page for further details on how to apply
Simpson v MGN Ltd
21st January 2015 - In a trial of a preliminary issue, Warby J has determined the defamatory meaning borne by a Daily Mirror article which is the subject of a libel action brought by Premiership footballer Danny Simpson. In consequence Warby J struck out the newspaper’s defence of justification and entered judgment for Mr Simpson. Permission to appeal was refused. Manuel Barca QC and Aidan Eardley acted for Mr Simpson, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP.
Court of Appeal hears appeal in J K Rowling case today
21st January 2015 - Longmore LJ, Ryder LJ and Sharp LJ have been hearing the appeal in Murray v Associated Newspapers Ltd today. The Claimant is the author known as J K Rowling. Andrew Caldecott QC and Sarah Palin, instructed by RPC, act for the Defendant/Appellant.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball appointed to Attorney General's "C" Panel
1st March 2015 - We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Scherbel-Ball has been appointed to the Attorney General’s “C” Panel of approved counsel. It is a 5 year appointment which will complement his practice of media and information law.
Season's Greetings from One Brick Court
19th December 2014 - Chambers wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We will be closed from 6pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will re open on Monday 4th January 2015.
The Court of Appeal begins hearing a 3-day appeal in Cruddas v Calvert & Ors today.
9th December 2014 - The appeal will be heard by Jackson LJ, Ryder LJ and Christopher Clarke LJ. Richard Rampton QC and Aidan Eardley of One Brick Court, with Heather Rogers QC, act for the Defendants/Appellants, instructed by Bates Wells and Braithwaite.
Vidal-Hall & ors v Google Inc. in the Court of Appeal
8th December 2014 – Google’s appeal in a case about cookies and privacy rights will be heard in the Court of Appeal today, 8 December. The constitution is the Master of the Rolls, McFarlane and Sharp LJJ. Catrin Evans is junior counsel for Google (instructed by Bristows LLP).
Prince Charles Letters case in Supreme Court today
24th November 2014 - The Supreme Court will begin hearing the government's appeal in the Prince Charles letters case today. Aidan Eardley of One Brick Court has acted for Mr Evans throughout instructed by Jan Clements of Guardian News and Media Ltd.
Hegglin v Google Inc settles prior to start of trial
24th November 2014 - Today, on what was due to be the first day of the trial, the Court was told that the parties had settled the matter on a confidential basis. A statement was read before Mr Justice Jay this morning. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acted for the Claimant. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acted for the Defendant.
Hegglin v Google Inc: data protection trial to begin on Monday 24 November
21st November 2014 - The trial of the Data Protection Act 1998 claim brought by Daniel Hegglin against Google Inc will begin on Monday before Mr Justice Jay. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acts for the Claimant. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acts for the Defendant.
“Plebgate" trial starts today in the RCJ
17th November 2014 - The trial of the preliminary issues in the two libel actions arising out of the Downing Street ‘plebgate’ incident began today before Mitting J. Catrin Evans, instructed by Slater Gordon LLP, acts for PC Rowland.
Court of Appeal refuses Mazher Mahmood permission to appeal
11th November 2014 - The Court of Appeal has refused "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood permission to appeal against the refusal of Sir David Eady to grant an injunction preventing a BBC documentary from revealing his appearance. Manuel Barca QC acted for the BBC.
Permission to appeal refused in Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited
31st October 2014 - The Supreme Court has refused Associated Newspapers Ltd’s application for permission to appeal in this libel action on the ground that the appeal did not raise a point of law of general importance, bringing the case to an end more than six years after publication of the article complained of.
Permission to appeal refused in Makudi v Triesman
6th November 2014 - The Supreme Court has refused the Claimant’s application for permission to appeal in this libel and malicious falsehood action.
Andrew Caldecott QC and Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, acted for the Defendant/Respondent.
Andrew Caldecott QC panellist at panel discussion on 4th November 2014
31st October 2014 - Wearable technology: the impact on privacy and society.
Restriction on naming Will Cornick lifted
4th November 2014 - Mr Justice Coulson at Leeds Crown Court yesterday lifted the reporting restriction order made under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 preventing the media from identifying the teenager who murdered teacher Ann Maguire in April. David Glen acted for Guardian News and Media, Associated Newspapers, News Group Newspapers, the Press Association and Telegraph Media Group.
The Press Recognition Panel
3rd November 2014 - The Press Recognition Panel created by Royal Charter in the light of the Leveson Inquiry comes into existence today.
Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers; Toby Rowland v Andrew Mitchell MP
31st October 2014 - Ruling in advance of trial of preliminary issues in both “plebgate” actions, due to commence on 17 November 2014
One Brick Court once again top ranked in by Chambers and Partners
31st October 2014 – One Brick Court are again ranked as a band 1 set for Defamation & Privacy and are also ranked as a set for Data Protection, with Manuel Barca QC also ranked for Media & Entertainment. Andrew Caldecott QC and Catrin Evans both retain their Star Individual ratings for Defamation & Privacy.
Sir Edward Garnier QC to appear on next weeks BBC Radio 4 Law in Action
31st October 2014 - Sir Edward will be talking about freedom of information and the Prince of Wales. Law in Action is aired on Tuesday, 4 November at 4pm and repeated at 8pm on Thursday, 6 November
Geoffrey Shaw QC
16th October 2014 - Chambers is very sad to report the death of Geoffrey Shaw QC from illness. He was a member of Chambers for some 40 years from 1969 to 2008. He appeared in many leading defamation cases, establishing legal principles of lasting importance in Lucas Box v Associated Newspapers and Khashoggi v IPC Magazines.
Richard Rampton QC awarded Defamation and Privacy Silk of the year
2nd October 2014 - One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Richard Rampton QC has this evening been awarded Defamation and Privacy Silk of the year at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2014.
Clara Hamer to join Chambers
1st October 2014 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Clara Hamer has accepted an invitation to join Chambers as a tenant following the successful completion of her pupillage at One Brick Court. Clara studied Social and Political Sciences at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law, and will practise in all Chambers' main areas of expertise.
1st October 2014 - 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
Brand and Goldsmith win injunction application
11th September 2014 - Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith succeeded in their application to continue until trial an injunction in harassment against Szilvia Berki, a masseuse who visited the claimants at Ms Goldsmith’s home and then sought to publicise allegations about what occurred. On 18 September 2014 Ms Berki’s own application for an injunction against the claimants was dismissed by Mrs Justice Carr, who recorded it as having been totally without merit. Aidan Eardley acts for Mr Brand and Ms Goldsmith, instructed by Archerfield Partners LLP.
ICO publishes data protection guide for the media
4th September 2014 - Data protection and journalism - A guide for the media published today.
Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2853 (QB)
20 August 2014 - Warby J declines to order a jury trial in the libel case of Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2853 (QB). The meaning of the words complained of was also determined.
Cooke & Midland Heart Ltd v MGN Ltd & Trinity Mirror Midlands Ltd  EWHC 2831 (QB).
13 August 2014 - Threshold requirement under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013 considered by Bean J in Cooke & Midland Heart Ltd v MGN Ltd & Trinity Mirror Midlands Ltd  EWHC 2831 (QB).
PNM to seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court
1st August 2014 - PNM to seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court following the decision in PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd & Ors  EWCA Civ 1132. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent PNM
Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – permission to appeal granted to ANL
28th August 2014 - Permission was granted by Laws LJ on paper on 8th August. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for ANL (instructed by ANL’s Legal Dept)
Claimant granted permission to serve data protection claim on Google Inc in California
30th July 2014 - In a claim against Google Inc for an injunction under sections 10 and 14 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to material posted online, Mr Justice Bean yesterday granted the Claimant's application for permission to serve his claim form on Google in California.
Rowland v Mitchell, Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd – 24 July 2014
24th July 2014 - Agreed directions were yesterday approved by Warby J in the two ‘Plebgate’ libel actions. Catrin Evans (instructed by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP) is junior counsel for PC Rowland.
The trial of Garcia v Associated Newspapers Ltd begins today in the High Court before Dingemans J
21st July 2014 - The trial of Garcia v Associated Newspapers Ltd begins today in the High Court before Dingemans J. One Brick Court’s Harvey Starte, instructed by Taylor Hampton and led by Ronald Thwaites QC, appears for the Claimant. The trial is expected to run until 31 July.
Defamation action brought against Labour MP Dai Havard struck out in the High Court in Cardiff.
15th July 2014 - Hannah Ready, instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, for Mr Havard.
The Times appeals adverse costs decision in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC
8th July 2014 - Richard Rampton QC and Kate Wilson, instructed by Pia Sarma of the Times Legal Department, appear for the newspaper.
“PNM” v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others  EWHC 3177 (QB)
18th June 2014 -
Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready are appearing in the Court of Appeal today on behalf of “PNM”. Tugendhat J previously refused to grant an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of “PNM” as an arrestee from being disclosed.
12th June 2014
‘Core’ of terror trial to be heard in camera but Defendants to be named rules the Court of Appeal.
Hannon & Dufour v News Group Newspapers Ltd
16th May 2014 - Mr Justice Mann today declined to strike out as an abuse of process two claims brought by persons alleging that articles in The Sun in 2009 breached their privacy rights and damaged their reputations. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for News Group (instructed by Wiggin LLP)
Andrew Caldecott QC to again chair Defamation and Privacy Conference
1st March 2015 - The IBC Defamation & Privacy Conference 2015 will be held on 12th May 2015
Weller & ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd
16th April 2014 -
The children of Paul Weller were today successful in their privacy claim against MailOnline in relation to publication of photographs of them out shopping in public in Los Angeles with their father.
Catrin Evans was junior counsel for ANL (instructed by its Editorial Legal Department)
Sir Richard Ground OBE
2nd April 2014 - Chambers is very sad to announce the death on 22 February of a highly distinguished former member, Sir Richard Ground OBE, after a short illness. Sir Richard joined Chambers in 1976 before his appointment as Crown Counsel and then Attorney General for the Cayman Islands from 1983 to 1992. He was Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1998 to 2004 and Chief Justice of Bermuda from 2004 to 2012. He was an enormously popular and successful member of chambers and clearly took those qualities with him to judicial office.
The Queen on the application of Evans v Her Majesty’s Attorney General
12th March 2014 - Guardian journalist Rob Evans today overturned the Government ban on access to Prince Charles’s “advocacy correspondence”. In 2012, the Upper Tribunal ruled that Mr Evans was entitled to see certain correspondence between Prince Charles and ministers pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The Attorney General then used his power of veto under s.53 of the Act to prevent the letters being made public. In 2013 the Divisional Court dismissed Mr Evans’s judicial review of that decision. Today, the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal, holding that the use of s.53 had been unlawful in terms of both domestic and EU law. Mr Evans had been represented throughout by Aidan Eardley, led by Michael Fordham QC in the Upper Tribunal and by Dinah Rose QC in the judicial review.
Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – Newspaper loses its appeal
24th January 2014 - The Court of Appeal has today handed down its judgment rejecting an appeal from the decision of Sharp J (as she then was) in Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 3721 (QB). Mr Miller was represented by Manuel Barca QC, instructed by Simons, Muirhead & Burton.
21st January 2014 – A reminder that all applications for One Brick Court’s mini-pupillage scheme must be received by 1st February. Please see our mini-pupillage page for further details.
New guidance to improve transparency in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection
16th January 2014 - Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and President of the Court of Protection, has issued guidance concerning the publication of judgments in the family courts and the Court of Protection.
New Year, New Act but only a few new rules
6th January 2014 - One Brick Court wishes you a happy new year. As previously reported, the Defamation Act 2013 and related statutory instrument came into force on 1st January.
“PNM” obtains permission to appeal
20th December 2013 - In October this year, Tugendhat J refused to grant an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of “PNM” as an arrestee from being disclosed (“PNM” v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others  EWHC 3177 (QB)). Permission to appeal has now been granted by Laws LJ.
Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent “PNM”.
First of Law Commission’s Reports on Contempt Published
17th December 2013 - The Law Commission has published a report on Contempt of Court entitled ‘Juror Misconduct and Internet Publications’. The report is the first of three reports to be published by the Commission on Contempt, and follows a public consultation last year.
Revised rules relating to jury trials to take effect in the New Year
11th December 2013 - By virtue of The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 8) Rules 2013, an amended r. 26.11 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 will take effect from 1st January 2014.
One Brick Court - Remembering Ben Hinchliff
6th December 2013 - The Service of Thanksgiving for Ben in Penistone on 29th October proved a memorable, if extremely sad occasion, attended by hundreds of people. For those who were unable to attend but might like to make a charitable donation in Ben's memory, Chambers have set up a page on the 'JustGiving' website. The proceeds will go to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Marine A named and further photographs released
5th December 2013 - The anonymity order in respect of ‘Marine A’, the Royal Marine found guilty of murdering an insurgent in Afghanistan, was today lifted. Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, acted on behalf of Guardian News and Media, News Group Newspapers, BSkyB, Independent News and Media and Associated Newspapers Ltd.
Defamation Act 2013 to come into force 1 January 2014
20th November 2013 - The Government has announced that the new Defamation Act 2013 will come into force on 1 January 2014. At the same time the new Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 will also come into force. They were approved by Parliament on 18 November 2013.
Media reporting of Courts Martial – R v Marines A, B and C
8th November 2013 - Three rulings on media reporting and access to evidence have been given in R v Marines A, B and C, the trial of three Royal Marines for the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan in 2011. Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, represented Associated Newspapers Ltd, BSkyB, Guardian News and Media, Independent News and Media, ITN, News Group Newspapers Ltd, Telegraph Media Group, and Times Newspapers Ltd.
Chambers earns leading rankings for Defamation and Privacy and Data Protection
31st October 2013 - The annual Chambers and Partners’ review has once again ranked One Brick Court joint-first for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ and praised the strength and depth of experience offered by Chambers.
The Privy Council grants Royal Charter on Press Regulation
30th October 2013 - The cross-party Royal Charter has been approved by the Privy Council.
Ben Hinchliff - 1967-2013
21st October 2013 - Chambers is very sad to report the tragically early death of Ben Hinchliff who was a tenant in these chambers between 1993 and 2002, when he left a busy and successful junior practice to run the family farm in Yorkshire where his heart truly lay. He will be remembered as a wonderful companion who brought warmth and colour to the lives of many.
He will be enormously missed, and Chambers offer their condolences to his widow Emily, his sister Rebecca, his wider family and his many friends.
Judge declines to continue injunction or impose reporting restrictions in LIBOR proceedings
21st October 2013 - Mr Justice Cooke, sitting as a Crown Court judge, yesterday declined to continue an ex parte injunction which he had granted to the Serious Fraud Office on 17 October 2013. The injunction prevented the Wall Street Journal and the media from publishing the names of 22 individuals listed as co-conspirators on draft indictments in the proceedings against Tom Hayes, James Gilmour and Terry Farr who have been charged with rigging LIBOR rates.
New Criminal Practice Directions affecting court reporting
14th October 2013 - On 7th October 2013, new Criminal Practice Directions ( EWCA Crim 1631) came into force, to be read in conjunction with the new Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 which took effect on the same day. Practice Direction 5B deals with access to information held by the court and is to be read alongside CrimPR r. 5.7-5.8. Practice Direction 16B gives general guidance on the approach to be taken to reporting restrictions.
One Brick Court seminar on the Defamation Act 2013
4th October 2013 - Chambers would like to thank all the contributors and guests who helped make last night's seminar such an interesting and enjoyable evening. Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the pack or would be interested in arranging individual dedicated talks on aspects of the Act, please contact our clerks.
One Brick Court ranked again as a “Top-Tier” set in Defamation and Privacy by The Legal 500 2013
25th September 2013 - 3 QCs are listed in the “leading silks” list and 10 barristers are listed in the “leading juniors” list. Andrew Caldecott QC, Catrin Evans and Sarah Palin are also listed as leading counsel in Media, Entertainment and Sport.
2nd October 2013 - Judicial News
Chambers is delighted to announce that Dame Victoria Sharp was today sworn in as a Lady Justice of Appeal having sat in the Queen’s Bench Division since 2009.
For the first time since 1997 the new legal year also begins without Sir David Eady, following his retirement last Easter after a long and distinguished career at the Bar and on the High Court Bench.
1st October 2013 - 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.
Recent judgments handed down in cases involving One Brick Court
20th September 2013 - At the end of the summer term six judgments were handed down in cases in which One Brick Court barristers were instructed.
Government consultation on ‘Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims’
20th September 2013 - On 13 September the Government published its proposals to extend “qualified one way costs shifting” from personal injury to defamation, privacy and some other claims.
One Brick Court Seminar on the Defamation Act 2013 – 3rd October 2013 - UNFORTUNATELY NO PLACES LEFT
5th September 2013 - Senior members of Chambers will lead sessions on key sections of the new Act including public interest publications, honest opinion, serious harm, liability of website operators and more. The evening will be chaired by Sir Edward Garnier QC and will be followed by drinks.
Court Reporting - Dale Cregan trial
14th June 2013 - Two witnesses to Dale Cregan's killing spree in Manchester last year have today been able to tell of their experiences. Reporting restrictions in respect of the couple were lifted this week by Holroyde J, following an application on behalf of NGN. Clare Kissin, instructed by Simons Muirhead Burton, made the application.
The Times - Lawyer of the week
13th June 2013 - Sir Edward Garnier QC is this weeks Lawyer of the week in The Times and talks to Linda Tsang about his career at the Bar
Open justice prevails in benefits fraud trial
24th May 2013 - In two judgments published today, Mr Justice Cobb has emphasised the importance of open justice and naming those convicted of criminal offences. Clare Kissin, instructed by Simons, Muirhead and Burton, represented NGN.
Lord McAlpine succeeds on question of meaning in his libel action against Sally Bercow
24th May 2013 - Mr Justice Tugendhat has found that Sally Bercow’s tweet about Lord McAlpine is defamatory of him. Sir Edward Garnier QC and Kate Wilson, instructed by RMPI Solicitors, represented the Claimant
The Guardian challenges Government Veto over Prince Charles’ correspondence
8th May 2013 - The Guardian’s application for judicial review of the Attorney-General’s veto of a decision of the Upper Tribunal is being heard today. Aidan Eardley, instructed by Jan Clements of Guardian News and Media Ltd, is Junior Counsel for Mr Evans
Defamation Act 2013
25th April 2013 - The Defamation Bill has been given Royal Assent. There is no date for enactment of the Defamation Act 2013. The Act does not affect any causes of action arising prior to enactment.
Dame Victoria Sharp to become a Court of Appeal Justice
28 March 2013 - Chambers offers its congratulations to Dame Victoria Sharp on her appointment as a Lady Justice of Appeal. Victoria was a member of Chambers from 1982 to 2009.
WXY v Gewanter & Ors  EWHC 589
14th March 2013 - WXY was today awarded £24,950 in damages for her breach of confidence, misuse of private information and harassment claim against the Third Defendant, in respect of actual and threatened postings about her on his website. Aidan Eardley, instructed by Archerfield Partners LLP, represented WXY.
Citation plc v Ellis Whittam Limited  EWCA Civ 155
8th March 2013 - The Court of Appeal today dismissed Citation PLC's claim appeal against the Order of Tugendhat J. striking out its claim for slander as an abuse of the process of the Court, invoking the jurisdiction set out in Jameel v Dow Jones. Richard Rampton QC and Jane Phillips appeared on behalf of the Respondents.
Tesla’s Top Gear appeal dismissed
5th March 2013 - The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Tesla Motors Ltd and Tesla Inc against the decisions of Tugendhat J in 2011 and 2012 striking out their claims against the BBC in libel and malicious falsehood. A full note will appear here in due course. Andrew Caldecott QC and Catrin Evans acted for the BBC, instructed by Liz Grace, BBC Litigation Department
Tamiz v Google Inc
14th February 2013 - Court of Appeal decision on libel Blogger case. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for Google Inc instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
New Terms of Engagement for Barristers
31st January 2013 - From today all instructions to Counsel at One Brick Court are accepted on The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (“The Bar Council Standard Terms”) unless otherwise expressly agreed by Counsel before acceptance.
6th December 2012 - Sir Edward Garnier speaks in Commons debate on Leveson Report
No legal guidance, and strong case management for litigants in person: Tugendhat J
3rd December 2012 - Giving judgment recently in O’Dwyer v ITV plc,  EWHC 3321 (QB) Tugendhat J. made interesting observations on the effect on litigation of litigants in person which may foreshadow a more activist approach to weak actions or defences by unrepresented parties.
Mini-Pupillages and the Pegasus Access Scheme
15th January 2013 - One Brick Court is now running a mini-pupillage scheme, the first round of which will take place on 18th and 19th March 2013.
Maisto v Kyrgiannakis
30th November 2012 – An Italian studying Law in London was awarded provisional damages for distress and granted a final injunction on 28 November in her claim under ss.1(1) and 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Leveson LJ backs self-regulation but says press cannot mark its own homework
29th November 2012 - Lord Justice Leveson has today released his Report into Media Standards
New stalking offences come into force today
26th November 2012 - s2A and s4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 come into force today, creating two new criminal offences of ‘stalking’. The offences were introduced into the PHA 1997 by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
Lord McAlpine settles libel claim against ITV and Phillip Schofield
22nd November 2012 - This afternoon it was announced that Lord McAlpine had reached a settlement with ITV and Phillip Schofield in relation to his claim based upon the broadcast of This Morning on 8 November. Sir Edward Garnier QC and Ian Helme, instructed by Andrew Reid of RMPI Solicitors, acted for Lord McAlpine.
Lord Justice Leveson to publish his report on Thursday 29th November 2012
22nd November 2012 - Lord Justice Leveson will be making a short statement at about 1.30pm on Thursday 29 November at the QEII Conference Centre in London.
Lord McAlpine settles libel claim against BBC
16th November 2012 - Yesterday evening Lord McAlpine announced that he had settled his libel claim against the BBC. Sir Edward Garnier QC and Kate Wilson, instructed by Andrew Reid of RMPI Solicitors, acted for Lord McAlpine.
Catrin Evans to speak at JUSTICE event
9th November 2012 - 'Life and Law Online: Defamation, freedom of expression and the web' - London, Tuesday 20 November
Sir Edward Garnier QC to appear on this weeks BBC Radio 4 Law in Action
5th November 2012 - Sir Edward Garnier QC will be appearing with Joshua Rozenberg on Tuesday 6th November 2012 at 4pm discussing extradition and prisoners' right to vote.
Chambers and Partners Guide to the Bar 2013
2nd November 2012 - One Brick Court is ranked Tier 1 for Defamation/ Privacy. Commentary demonstrates Chambers’ and barristers’ commitment to putting clients’ interests first, praising Chambers for “fantastic client service” and being responsive to client’s needs.
Trial of Mengi v Hermitage commences
31st October 2012 - The trial of the libel action Mengi v Hermitage commences today. Reginald Mengi, a Tanzanian businessman and philanthropist, is suing Sarah Hermitage, a non-practising English solicitor, over emails and website postings. Richard Rampton QC and Aidan Eardley of One Brick Court represent Mr Mengi
Newspapers fined for contempt of court over Bellfield trial reporting
22 October 2012 – In July, Associated Newspapers Ltd and Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd were found guilty of contempt of court for their reporting about Levi Bellfield. Last week, the Administrative Court fined each of the newspapers £10,000 for the contempts and ordered that both pay costs.
Jury awards comedian, Frankie Boyle, more than £54,000 in damages
22 October 2012 – Frankie Boyle has won his libel action against the Mirror and been awarded £54,650 damages by the jury. He had sued over the allegations that he was "racist" and had been "forced to quit" the BBC programme, Mock The Week. The Mirror had sought to justify the allegations and defend them as honest comment.
New CPR rules for Contempt of Court
1st October 2012 - The new CPR Part 81, “Applications and Proceedings in Relation to Contempt of Court”, comes into force today, and applies from and including today to all applications in relation to contempt of court.
Sir Edward Garnier QC MP
1st October 2012 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Sir Edward is returning to practice at One Brick Court from today.
Carina Trimingham obtains permission to appeal
25th September 2012 – Following a trial in April this year, Carina Trimingham, the partner of Chris Huhne MP, lost her claims against Associated Newspapers Ltd for breach of privacy and harassment. Ms Trimingham’s lawyers have announced that permission to appeal has been granted by Laws LJ.
One Brick Court helps secure Freedom of Information Act successes for the Guardian and the BBC.
19th September 2012 - Aidan Eardley appeared as junior Counsel for Rob Evans of the Guardian in his successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal for release of correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations (Evans v Information Commissioner and others  UKUT 313 (AAC)). Jonathan Scherbel-Ball advised the BBC in Montford v Information Commissioner and BBC (EA/2009/0114) where the First Tier Tribunal dismissed an appeal for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.
Chambers and Partners Bar Awards
19th August 2014 - One Brick Court are again delighted to have been nominated in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards to be held on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Mrs Justice Sharp appointed Presiding Judge, Western Circuit
12 September 2012 - Mrs Justice Sharp DBE is to become the Presiding Judge for the Western Circuit from 1 January 2013.
Andrew Caldecott QC appears in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
4th September 2012 - Andrew Caldecott QC today appeared in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal representing the proprietor, publisher and chief editor of Ming Pao, a prominent Chinese language newspaper based in Hong Kong as respondents/defendants.
Hannah Ready - Pegasus Scholarship to New York
3rd September 2012 - Hannah Ready will be in New York until November 5th as an outgoing Pegasus Scholar. During her stay, she will be working in the 'Defamation, Privacy and Publicity' department of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP.
Hannah will remain contactable via the clerks.
El Naschie v MacMillan Publishers Ltd & Anr
6th July 2012 - Nature magazine has defeated a long-running libel claim brought by physicist Mohammed El Naschie over an article published in 2008.
McLaughlin & Ors v London Borough of Lambeth & Ors
25th June 2012 - The libel action brought by the Head Teacher, the Director for Educational Development and the former Chairman of the Governors of Durand Academy, was concluded today with a joint statement in open court.
£60,000 libel damages for university tutor
22 June 2012 - Luke Cooper, a PhD student at the University of Sussex, has won his libel action against the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail.
Defamation Bill published
20th May 2012 - After being introduced in the House of Commons and receiving its first reading, the Defamation Bill has now been published.
Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – Libel trial starts today
21st May 2012 - Andrew Miller, a management consultant and businessman, is suing Associated Newspapers Ltd in respect of an article published in the Daily Mail, and on Mail Online, in October 2008. Manuel Barca QC, instructed by Simons, Muirhead & Burton, is representing the Claimant.
Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police
24th April 2012 - The libel trial of Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police begins on Tuesday 24th April before Bean J sitting without a jury. Richard Rampton QC, Catrin Evans and Hannah Ready, instructed by Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, are representing the Defendant.
Cairns v Modi - judgment in the first twitter libel trial handed down today
26th March 2012 - Mr Justice Bean rejected Mr Modi’s defence of justification and ruled that he had ‘singularly failed to provide any reliable evidence that Mr Cairns was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing or even that there were strong grounds for suspicion that he was.’ He awarded Mr Cairns £90,000 in damages in respect of two publications in which Mr Modi had linked him to match-fixing.
Cairns v Modi - judgment in the first twitter libel trial to be handed down Monday 26th March
23rd March 2012 - The judgment in the case of Cairns v Modi will be handed down on Monday 26th March 2012 at 10.30am. Andrew Caldecott QC and Ian Helme, instructed by Collyer Bristow, are representing the Claimant.
Flood v Times Newspapers Limited  UKSC 11 - Supreme Court rules in favour of the The Times
21st March 2012 - In a judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the Times' appeal in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd and held that the newspaper did have a Reynolds defence in respect of an article concerning the possible corruption of a Metropolitan police officer.
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd - Supreme Court’s judgment in Reynolds defence case due on 21 March
16 March 2012 – The Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down judgment in the Times’ appeal in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd on Wednesday (21st March).
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd – Newspaper seeks to appeal to the Supreme Court on Reynolds defence
10th August 2010 – The Times has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 804
Promoting Legal Protection for the Media in China - Clare Kissin
14th March 2012 - Clare was invited by the GBCC to attend and speak at the Judicial Workshop on the Judicial Manual of Media Torts, entitled “Promoting Legal Protection for the Media in China”, in February 2012.
Defamation and Privacy Set of the Year 2012
26th October 2012 - Chambers are delighted to announce that for the second year running One Brick Court was awarded Defamation and Privacy Set of the Year 2012 at last night's Chambers and Partners Awards.
Draft Defamation Bill - Government’s Response
7th March 2012 - On 29 February, the Government published its response to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill.
Cairns v Modi - First Twitter libel trial starts today
5th March 2012 - The trial of Cairns v Modi starts today. The Claimant, Chris Cairns, is a former professional cricketer, who was capped over a 100 times for New Zealand in all forms of the game. Andrew Caldecott QC and Ian Helme, instructed by Collyer Bristow, are representing the Claimant.
European Court rules in favour of press in two important decisions
7th February 2012 - The European Court of Human Rights today handed down judgment in two important cases concerning press freedom and the privacy of celebrities.
IBC Legal Defamation and Privacy Conference: A Caldecott QC (chair), M Barca QC (on law of contempt)
20th April 2012 - The 19th Annual IBC Legal Defamation and Privacy Conference will be held on 25th April 2012 at the Crowne Plaza.
Chambers joins Twitter
25th January 2012 - Members of One Brick Court are now tweeting on cases and developments in the media and information law sphere
The first libel trial of 2012 starts today
23rd January 2012 - Andrew Caldecott QC and David Glen, instructed by RPC, are appearing for Associated Newspapers Limited in its defence of a claim brought by the well-known financier Nathaniel Rothschild
Neil Morrissey settles libel claim against the Daily Mail
12 January 2012 - The actor Neil Morrissey has settled his libel claim against Associated Newspapers
New Silk - Dr Matt Collins SC
9th January 2012 - Congratulations to Dr Matt Collins SC on his recent appointment of Senior Counsel. Matt, a door tenant at One Brick Court, is a member of the Victorian Bar and practises in all areas of commercial, media and information technology law in all jurisdictions of Australia.
Chambers is very sad to announce the death of Sir David Hirst
10th January 2012 - A former Head of Chambers and a distinguished Judge both at first instance (including service in the Commercial Court) and in the Court of Appeal. His energy, good humour and eye for the detail which mattered were prominent among his many qualities
4th Edition of Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt published
15th December 2011 – The latest edition of this leading text book on the law of contempt and reporting restrictions, edited by Sir David Eady and Professor Tony Smith, has been published today. Timothy Atkinson, Jane Phillips, Caroline Addy, Sarah Palin, Aidan Eardley, David Glen, Ian Helme, Kate Wilson and Clare Kissin are contributors to the new edition.
New Practice Guidance from the Lord Chief Justice in relation to the use of Twitter
On 14th December 2011 the Lord Chief Justice issued new Practice Guidance on “The Use of Live text-Based Forms of Communications (including Twitter) from Court for the Purposes of Fair and Accurate Reporting”.
Cobain v Information Commissioner & Crown Prosecution Service
10th December 2011 - The hearing in Cobain v Information Commissioner & Crown Prosecution Service is due to begin in the First Tier Tribunal on Friday 16 December.
Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings, 17th ed. is published
15th December 2011 - The 17th edition of Bullen & Leake & Jacob is published today. Andrew Caldecott QC, Jane Phillips and Kate Wilson are editors of the chapters on Defamation and on Malicious Falsehood.
AG granted permission to bring contempt proceedings over coverage of the Levi Bellfield verdict
22nd November 2011 - Moore-Bick LJ and Bean J today granted the Attorney-General permission to bring proceedings for contempt of court (pursuant to the Contempt of Court Act 1981, s.2) against the publishers of the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror.
Clare Kissin - return to chambers after Pegasus Scholarship
22nd November 2011 - Having been on a Pegasus Scholarship to Washington D.C. for the last two months, Clare Kissin has returned to Chambers.
The Leveson Inquiry
14 November 2011 – The Leveson Inquiry formally starts today with Counsel to the Inquiry making opening submissions in respect of Module 1 (The press and its relationship with the public). Oral evidence is expected to commence next week, on 21 November.
El Naschie v MacMillan Publishers Ltd & anr
11th November 2011 - The trial of El Naschie v MacMillan Publishers Ltd & anr, a libel claim, began today after Mrs Justice Sharp refused the Claimant's application for a further adjournment
Scope of the Freedom of Information Act expanded
1st November 2011 – The ambit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been increased as of today to include three additional organisations, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the university admissions body UCAS and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
Joint Select Committee publishes report on Draft Defamation Bill
19th October 2011 - The joint committee on the Draft Defamation Bill has today published its first report.
Supreme Court to revisit Reynolds privilege
14th October 2011 - On Monday the Supreme Court will hear the defendant’s appeal in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd, the first time that the highest court has considered the scope of the defence of responsible journalism since it was examined in Jameel v Wall Street Journal
Two new tenants join One Brick Court
26th September 2011 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Jonathan Scherbel-Ball and Hannah Ready have accepted invitations to join Chambers as tenants following the successful completion of pupillage at One Brick Court.
One Brick Court top ranked again in Defamation and Privacy by The Legal 500 2011
23rd September 2011 - One Brick Court remains ‘one of the best sets for defamation and privacy work’, with ‘members that are consistently of the highest quality’ and ‘clerking that is first rate, prompt, experienced and efficient’
Clare Kissin - Pegasus Scholarship to Washington D.C.
12th September 2011 - From 19th September 2011 to 14th November 2011 Clare Kissin will be in Washington D.C. as an outgoing Pegasus Scholar. During this period Clare will remain contactable via email and via the clerks.
Amendments made to Practice Direction 51D- Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme
3rd September 2011 - The 57th Update to the Civil Procedure Rules contains notable amendments to Practice Direction 51D on costs budgets which will take effect on 1st October 2011.
Master of the Rolls issues Practice Guidance on Interim Non-Disclosure Orders
2nd September 2011 - Following the Report of the Committee on Super-Injunctions last May, the Master of the Rolls on 1 August 2011 issued “Practice Guidance: Interim Non-Disclosure Orders” which applies to all applications for interim injunctive relief to restrain the publication of information.
Reporting the Family Courts – A practical guide
1st August 2011 – The President of the Family Division and the Society of Editors have published a paper on “The Family Courts: Media Access and Reporting”.
Mirror Group Newspapers and News Group Newspapers Ltd fined for contempt of court
29th July 2011 – The publishers of the Daily Mirror and The Sun have both been found guilty of strict liability contempt in relation to articles about Christopher Jefferies, who was arrested in December last year on suspicion of murdering Joanna Yeates, in Bristol.
Associated Newspapers Ltd and News Group Newspapers Ltd fined £15,000 for contempt of court
19th July 2011 - On 3 March, the Administrative Court (Moses LJ and Owen J) found the publishers of Mail Online and The Sun website guilty of strict liability contempt
Draft Defamation Bill – A response to the consultation
23rd June - Members of Chambers of One Brick Court responded to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on the Draft Defamation Bill on 9 June 2011.
The Sun apologises to Haringey social worker Sylvia Henry for its “Justice for Baby P” campaign.
9th June 2011 - The Sun has apologised unreservedly to Sylvia Henry, a Haringey social worker it wrongly targeted in its “Justice for Baby P” campaign. Harvey Starte was instructed for Ms Henry by Taylor Hampton Solicitors.
Media able to report decision over re-trial of Gary Dobson for the murder of Stephen Lawrence
26th May 2011 - Last week the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) granted the application by the DPP to quash Gary Dobson’s previous acquittal for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and ordered that there should be a re-trial. Andrew Caldecott QC and Clare Kissin represented the media organisations.
Neuberger Committee reports findings on “super-injunctions”
20th May 2011 - The Report of the Committee on Super-Injunctions set up last year by Lord Neuberger has been published today. It has produced draft practice guidance as to the procedure to be followed for all interim orders made which affect the Article 10 right to freedom of expression including privacy, libel and malicious falsehood.
Goodwin injunction varied following use of parliamentary privilege
19th May 2011 - An injunction obtained by Sir Fred Goodwin, the former Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has been varied following the use of parliamentary privilege to reveal further details about the injunction.
Public hearing for privacy injunction as the Neuberger Committee emphasises open justice.
19th May 2011 - The return date hearing of a privacy injunction in TSE & another v News Group Newspapers was heard in public by leading media judge, Mr Justice Tugendhat, this week. Andrew Caldecott QC, instructed by Schillings, represented the Claimants
Report of Lord Neuberger’s Committee on Super-Injunctions recommends streamlined practice guidance
20 May 2011 - The Report of the Committee on Super-Injunctions set up last year by Lord Neuberger has been published today. It has produced draft practice guidance as to the procedure to be followed for all interim orders made which affect the Article 10 right to freedom of expression including privacy, libel and malicious falsehood.
Attorney-General to bring contempt of court proceedings against The Sun and the Mirror
12 May 2011 – The Divisional Court has granted the Attorney-General permission to bring committal proceedings against News Group Newspapers Ltd and Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd in respect of articles in The Sun and the Daily Mirror about the death of Joanna Yeates. Andrew Caldecott QC represented the Attorney-General (Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor)
European Court of Human Rights rejects Max Mosley’s privacy application
10 May 2011 – The Chamber of the ECHR today rejected Max Mosley’s case against the UK that it failed to impose a legal duty on the press to notify subjects of intended articles in advance to give them an opportunity to apply for interim injunctive relief to prevent publication.
Andrew Caldecott QC appointed specialist adviser to the Joint Committee on the draft Defamation Bill
5th May 2011 - Head of Chambers, Andrew Caldecott QC, has been appointed as the specialist legal adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee of the Houses of Lords and Commons which is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the new draft Defamation Bill.
Andrew Caldecott QC on BBC1’s Panorama programme on phone hacking
15 March 2011. Head of Chambers, Andrew Caldecott QC, was interviewed on Panorama last night about the law in relation to journalists’ covert investigations and phone hacking in the context of the ongoing inquiries into tabloid practices.
Government launches new Defamation Bill
15th March 2011 - The Government has launched a new defamation bill aimed at reforming the current law in a number of significant respects...
Jane Phillips to speak at Privacy, Defamation and the Media conference
17th March 2011 - Jane Phillips is one of the speakers at the forthcoming Privacy, Defamation and the Media conference which will take place on 31 March 2011. She will be speaking on recent important case law developments in privacy and libel and the impact of those decisions in practice.
Sarah Palin reviews the BBC’s new “Silks” drama”
22nd February 2011 - Silk, BBC One: a lawyer's verdict - The Telegraph
Catrin Evans appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel
9th March 2011 - We are delighted to announce that Catrin Evans has been appointed to the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of approved counsel. It is a 5 year appointment. Catrin was on the Attorney’s “B” panel from 2003-2008.
Manuel Barca appointed Queen’s Counsel
2nd March 2011 - One Brick Court is delighted to announce that Manuel Barca has been appointed Queen’s Counsel on first application. The official appointment ceremony will take place on 7th April 2011.
Sunday Times’ landmark challenge on innuendo meanings reaches the Court of Appeal on Monday
25th February 2011 - On Monday and Tuesday of next week (29th Feb & 1st March) the Court of Appeal will hear Times Newspapers Ltd’s appeal from the decision of Mr Justice Eady in Baturina v Times Newspapers Limited  EWHC 696 (QB).
Aidan Eardley appointed to Attorney General's "B" Panel
1st March 2011 - We are delighted to announce that Aidan Eardley has been appointed to the Attorney General’s “B” Panel of approved counsel. It is a 5 year appointment which will complement his practice.
Andrew Caldecott QC to chair Privacy and Defamation conference
16th February 2011 - Andrew Caldecott is to chair the annual IBC Defamation and Privacy conference on 15th March. Speakers include Manuel Barca who will be giving an update on Privacy Law.
ECtHR holds that CFA success fees in libel/privacy are a disproportionate interference with Art 10
18 January 2011 - The ECtHR today handed down judgment in MGN v United Kingdom (Appn No. 39401/04) and sounded the death knell for the current (100% uplift) CFA regime.
Early Resolution Procedure Group proposes reforms to the use of juries in defamation cases
13th December 2010 - The Early Resolution Procedure Group, which includes Andrew Caldecott QC amongst its barrister members, has published a report calling for changes to s.69 Senior Courts Act 1981 to allow a judge to make an early determination of the meaning of a defamatory publication, rather than leaving the issue to the jury at trial.
Supreme Court to consider the role of the single meaning rule in malicious falsehood
9th December 2010 - The Supreme Court has granted ASDA Stores permission to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision that the single meaning rule has no application in claims for malicious falsehood (Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe SAS v ASDA Stores Limited  EWCA Civ 609).
Supreme Court relaxes fair comment defence
1st December 2010 - Spiller v Joseph  UKSC 53 In the Supreme Court’s first defamation case it has handed down an important judgment relaxing the requirements for what will now be called the defence of “honest comment”. Andrew Caldecott QC and Sarah Palin (instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) acted for the Media Interveners
Clare Kissin to join Chambers
29th September 2010 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Clare Kissin has accepted an invitation to join Chambers as a tenant following the completion of her pupillage at One Brick Court. Clare studied law at Pembroke College Cambridge and will practise in all Chambers' main areas of expertise
Upper Tribunal to hear its first information rights case
14th September 2010 - The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) begins hearing its first information rights case today, as The Guardian seeks Prince Charles' correspondence with the Government
One Brick Court is pleased to announce that Dr Matthew Collins has joined chambers as a door tenant.
28th July 2010 - Head of Chambers, Andrew Caldecott QC, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Matt Collins as a door tenant. As a distinguished practising member of the Bar of the State of Victoria, and the author of the well-known legal text "The Law of Defamation and the Internet", Matt's link with One Brick Court will provide a useful Australian perspective on the law of defamation and other media-related areas.”
Supreme Court to hear its first defamation case next week
21st July 2010 - On Monday and Tuesday next week (26th and 27th July) , the Supreme Court (Lords Phillips, Rodger, Walker and Brown and Sir John Dyson SJC) will hear the appeal in Joseph v Spiller, against the Court of Appeal's decision that the defendants' defence of honest opinion should be struck out.
Court of Appeal overturns Reynolds defence in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd
13th July 2010 - The Court of Appeal has today reversed the decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat ( EWHC 2375 (QB)) that an article published by The Times, which reported allegations of possible corruption made against a serving police officer, was protected by Reynolds privilege
Gora v Gora - Privacy claim settles mid-trial
13th July 2010 - The privacy claim brought by Baksho Gora (now Bansal) has settled on the third day of trial, with the Defendant agreeing to pay the Claimant substantial damages and her legal costs as well as providing a number of undertakings
Regional newspaper succeeds in striking out pleaded meanings derived from selective reading
1st July 2010 - The Express and Echo, a local newspaper serving Devon, faces libel proceedings brought by a Mr Kevin Wright in respect of four separate articles.
R v Morley, Chaytor, Devine, Hanningfield
1st July 2010 - The Court of Appeal on Tuesday decided to lift the automatic reporting restrictions otherwise applying under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 to the hearing of the appeal of thee ex-MPs and one peer charged with false accounting of their expenses.
Judge rejects Nicola Horlick’s meanings in libel action as “overstated”
24th June 2010
Defamation Bill has first reading in House of Lords
27 May 2010 – Lord Lester has introduced into Parliament a private member’s bill on defamation. The bill covers a wide range of issues; while some clauses seek to codify the existing law, others propose radical changes.
One Brick Court once again top ranked in Defamation/Privacy by Chambers and Partners
8th November 2010 - Members of chambers "amongst the most popular in the market", with "a consistently high calibre of expertise" across the set. With every member of chambers ranked, and the only “Star” silk, you can access the full report on One Brick Court here ..
Libel Reform Proposals
24th March 2010 - The Ministry of Justice has today published two documents concerning potential reform of the law of defamation.
Mr Justice Eady at City University London
10th March 2010 - The launch of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism featured a lecture on freedom of speech by Mr Justice Eady
17th Annual Defamation & Privacy Conference on 25th March 2010
5th March 2010 - This years annual Defamation and Privacy Conference will be chaired by Andrew Caldecott QC
CFA Success fees in defamation to be capped at 10%
3rd March 2010 - Jack Straw has put a Statutory Order before Parliament which, if approved, will limit the maximum success fee to 10% in all defamation cases which are entered into after the coming into force of the Order in April.
The trial in the matter of Hughes v Risbridger & British Airways begins today
1st March 2010 - Manuel Barca, instructed by Addleshaw Goddard LLP is representing the Defendants.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee releases its report into ‘Press standards, privacy and libel’
24th February 2010 - The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has today released its report into ‘Press standards, privacy and libel’.
First-tier Tribunal of the consolidated tribunal service replaces the Information Tribunal
18th January 2010 – From today, appeals from decisions of the Information Commissioner under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998 will no longer go to the Information Tribunal
Costs Review – Lord Justice Jackson launches his proposals for new costs regime for civil litigation
14th January 2010 – Lord Justice Jackson has today launched his proposals for changes to the current costs regime. The proposals seek to reduce the overall costs of litigation.
Edward Garnier QC, MP appointed Solicitor General
14th May 2010 - Chambers would like to congratulate Edward Garnier QC, MP on his appointment as Her Majesty’s Solicitor General
1 Brick Court top ranked again in Defamation/Privacy in the new Chambers and Partners 2010
12th November 2009 - Every tenant at 1 BC included as a leader in the field.
Complaints Commission Code is amended
19th October 2009 – Privacy, harassment and public interest clauses are added to
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd - The Times wins first Reynolds case since Jameel
In an ongoing libel action brought by a police officer, Gary Flood, against Times Newspapers Limited, The Times has successfully defended most of the publications on the grounds that they are protected by Reynolds qualified privilege.
Free Speech v Privacy - 1 day conference on Tuesday 1st December 2009
Assessing the latest developments in Media Law and Human Rights, Catrin Evans will be speaking on Reporting Restrictions - How far do they protect privacy?
One Brick Court scoop 2 awards at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2009
One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Andrew Caldecott QC was awarded Defamation Silk of the year and One Brick Court was awarded Defamation set of the year
Government launches consultation paper on “Controlling costs in defamation proceedings”
The Ministry of Justice has opened its long anticipated public consultation on costs in defamation claims. This follows criticism and debate in the courts and Parliament in recent years about high costs and the perception of some that they impact adversely on media defendants and freedom of expression in particular.
MoJ launches consultation on “Defamation and the internet: the multiple publication rule”
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation seeking views on whether there is a need to introduce a ‘single publication rule’ to protect the publishers of online archives, to change the current law on limitation and/or to introduce a qualified privilege defence for online archives.
The fifth annual Chambers Bar Awards will be held on Thursday, 1st October 2009
We are delighted to be nominated in all 3 Defamation categories.
Richard Rampton QC & Andrew Caldecott QC have been nominated for Defamation Silk of the year. Last year’s winner Catrin Evans, has again been nominated for Defamation Junior of the Year and One Brick Court have been nominated for Defamation Chambers of the Year.
New Costs Practice Direction for Defamation Proceedings
From 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010 all new claims for libel, slander and malicious falsehood issued in the RCJ or the District Registry in Manchester will be subject to the requirements of the new Practice Direction 51D (Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme).
Duncan & Neill on Defamation 3rd Edition
The long awaited 3rd edition of Duncan & Neill has now been published. The highly reputable authors; Sir Brian Neill, Richard Rampton QC, Heather Rogers QC, Timothy Atkinson and Aidan Eardley have fully updated and expanded this new edition to include statutory developments, cases and discussion of the new developing areas such as Data Protection, Human Rights and the Internet.
Protecting the Media Conference 2009 - Tuesday 29th September 2009
Speakers include Jane Phillips on Defamation and Judge Patrick Moloney QC on Contempt & Reporting Restrictions
Victoria Sharp QC to become a High Court Judge
We are delighted to announce that Victoria Sharp QC has been appointed to the High Court Bench, Queen’s Bench Division with effect from 13 January 2009.
Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v (1) Designtechnica Corp (2) Google UK Ltd & (3) Google Inc
In a ground breaking decision the High Court today ruled that Google was not a publisher at common law in respect of defamatory “snippets” generated by a search on Google and displayed in its search results.
Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton (1) & Constance Briscoe (2) – Jury finds for Defendants
A jury at the High Court today returned a unanimous verdict in favour of the Defendants, Constance Briscoe and her publisher. Andrew Caldecott QC and Kate Wilson , instructed by Russell Jones & Walker , represented the Defendants.
Marco Materazzi v Associated Newspapers Limited – The Daily Mail apologises to footballer for allegi
Marco Materazzi, an Italian football international, has settled his libel action against Associated Newspapers Limited.
Morrisons Defeat Libel Claim
WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc and Morrisons employee Mark Downing obtained summary judgment on the first day of the trial of a libel action brought by John Leslie Davies. Aidan Eardley, instructed by Gordons LLP, represented the Defendants.
Hussein v Farooq (1) & Sheik (2)  EWHC 2487 (QB). Eady J Dismisses Slander Action
Following a two day trial before Eady J, a litigant in person lost his slander action on Wednesday because he could not prove that the words complained of were published.
Catrin Evans wins Defamation Junior of the Year 2008 at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards
One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Catrin Evans was awarded Defamation Junior of the year at last night’s Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.
Taranissi and BBC settle libel claim
The long-running libel claim brought by the fertility treatment expert Mohammed Taranissi against the BBC in respect of allegations made in a Panorama programme broadcast in January 2007 has settled.
Richard Rampton QC, Jane Phillips and Ian Helme appeared on behalf of Mr Taranissi
Manuel Barca and David Glen appeared on behalf of the BBC.
Civil Litigation Costs Review – Lord Justice Jackson publishes his preliminary report
Lord Justice Jackson today published his preliminary report as part of his review of the costs of civil litigation. Any responses to the preliminary report must be submitted by the end of July 2009.
Tesco Settles Libel Action over Corporation Tax
On Monday 15 September Tesco settled its libel action with the Guardian, following an order by Mr Justice Eady on 29 July that the supermarket chain must either accept or reject the offer of amends by that date.
Matthias Rath discontinues libel action against The Guardian and Ben Goldacre
On 9 September 2008 Matthias Rath filed a notice of discontinuance abandoning his libel
claim against the Guardian and its columnist Ben Goldacre.
PCC upholds complaint about undercover filming
The PCC found that the Sun was in breach of Clause 10 of the Code (Clandestine devices and subterfuge).
National Chairman of the Defence Police Federation awarded £45,000 libel damages
Aidan Eardley, instructed by Thompsons, acted for the Claimant
The London Evening Standard today publishes a front page apology to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
Following his PCC complaint on Wednesday this week, the paper has accepted that the allegation that he was suffering from prostate cancer was untrue. It has also apologised for breaching his privacy. The apology means that the matter has now been settled without the need to proceed to a formal ruling.
House of Lords rejects petition to appeal in Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd
The House of Lords has rejected the petition by Peter Curistan, a Northern Ireland businessman, for permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision, reported at  EWCA Civ 432
The Offer of Amends regime requires the parties to act “in a constructive manner” - Tesco Stores Ltd
Tesco is suing the Guardian in libel and malicious falsehood over an article alleging that it had established an off-shore scheme in order to avoid paying £1bn in corporation tax. The Defendants made an offer of amends in response to the libel claim, which the Claimant had neither accepted nor rejected.
Max Mosley has won his case against News Group Newspapers and been awarded £60,000 in damages.
Reaction from Andrew Caldecott QC: “For the lawyer and the media the interest lies in the amount awarded more than the widely anticipated result.
Kumar v Bhaj & Others
His Honour Judge Oliver-Jones QC, sitting in the Coventry District Registry of the High Court, has put an end to a long-running libel action between members of the Ravidassia Community in Darlaston, West Midlands.
F4J private prosecution of the Daily Mail stayed as an abuse of process
The Divisional Court has stayed a private prosecution brought by a leading campaigner for Fathers for Justice against the Daily Mail and its editor.
PCC rejects complaint of harassment by journalists
Greater Manchester Police complained on behalf of two of its Police Community Support Officers of harassment in breach of clause 4 (Harassment) of the Code.
ITV Central fined £25,000 after admitting contempt of court
Andrew Caldecott QC instructed by Goodman Derrick appeared on behalf of ITV Central
Robert Murat settles libel actions
Robert Murat, the British citizen living in Portugal, who was one of the official Portuguese police ´suspects´ in the Madeleine McCann enquiry has settled his libel actions with a number of British media organisations.
Katie Price (1) and Peter Andre (2) v News Group Newspapers Ltd
Katie Price, aka Jordan, and her husband Peter Andre today settled their libel claim against News Group.
Gentoo Group Limited (1) & Peter Wallis (2) v. Stephen Hanratty
The Defendant has been refused permission to appeal the decision of Eady J. setting aside the limitation period and permitting the Claimants, a housing corporation and its chief executive, to sue over material published on a website and on chatrooms, as far back as 2004.
PCC rejects JK Rowling`s privacy complaint
The PCC today rejected a complaint from the Harry Potter author that the publication of stories in the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror and Daily Record breached her privacy (Clause 3 of the Code of Practice).
Racing Post granted permission to take its defence against libel claim by Kieren Fallon to trial
Kieren Fallon v MGN Ltd - The Racing Post has been granted permission by Mr Justice Eady to reinstate a defence of justification to rely on evidence adduced at the race fixing criminal trial of Kieren Fallon last year.
David Moyes v Wayne Rooney (1), Hunter Davies (2) and Harper Collins (3)
David Moyes, the manager of Everton Football Club, has settled his libel claim against Wayne Rooney and the publisher of Mr. Rooney’s autobiography, ‘My Story So Far’.
PCC censures magazine for breach of clause 15 (payment to witnesses) of the Code
The PCC has censured Full House magazine for making an offer of payment to a witness in a criminal trial, in breach of clause 15 of the PCC Code.
Channel 4 v Crown Prosecution Service (1) and West Midlands Police (2)
Channel 4 has settled its libel claim against the CPS and West Midlands Police. The television channel sued over a press release issued by the Defendants last year, which accused Channel 4 of having misleadingly edited a Dispatches documentary “Undercover Mosque”.
Sharma v (1) Singh & (2) Associated Newspapers Limited
The trial of the libel action brought by an executive of Air India against the publishers of the Evening Standard starts today.
WM Morrison Supermarket Ltd v Office of Fair Trading
WM Morrison has settled its libel claim against the OFT. Andrew Caldecott instructed by Wilmer Hale acted for the Claimant and Caroline Addy instructed by the OFT acted for the Defendant
Sharma v (1) Singh & (2) Associated Newspapers Limited
The trial of the libel action brought by an executive of Air India against the publishers of the Evening Standard starts today. Victoria Sharp QC and Catrin Evans instructed by Taylor Wessing are representing the Defendants
Marco Materazzi v Express Newspapers Limited
Marco Materazzi has settled his libel claim against Express Newspapers Ltd. Jane Phillips instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP acted for Mr. Materazzi, Catrin Evans instructed by Teacher Stern Selby acted for Express Newspapers Ltd
Nicholas Cage v (1) Kathleen Turner, (2) Headline Book Publishing Limited and (3) Associated Newspap
Nicholas Cage has settled his libel claims against Kathleen Turner, Headline Book Publishing Limited and Associated Newspapers Limited. Jane Phillips instructed by Mayer Brown LLP acted for all the defendants
The jury in the trial of a libel action by the former spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
The claimant sued on allegations published by the Daily Mail that he was a hypocrite on the issue of abortion because he had pressured a former girlfriend into having one.
Joanne Cash instructed by Charles Russell is representing the claimant
Lord Falconer argues that archived internet pages should be captured by contempt laws
Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, has called for publishers to remove archived web pages which contain prejudicial material from their websites during criminal trials or be at risk of being in contempt of court.
Roberts and another (Petitioners) v Gable and others (Respondents)
The House of Lords has rejected a petition for leave to appeal in the case of Roberts v Gable.
Attendance of Media Representatives at Hearings in Family Proceedings
The new rules relating to the attendance of media representatives at hearings in family proceedings took effect on 27 April 2009.
Government introduces further measures on costs in libel actions
As a response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation “Controlling costs in defamation proceedings”, Jack Straw has announced two further measures (in addition to those in the new Practice Direction 51D) which will be effective from 1 October:
The Convention on Modern Liberty
Saturday 28 February 2009 9.45am - 7pm
Austen Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd
The re-trial of this libel action by a judge and jury begins today. The
Claimant, a Catholic and the former spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is suing on allegations published by the Daily Mail that he was a hypocrite on the issue of abortion, because he had pressured a former girlfriend into having one. The trial is expected to last 2 weeks.
Joanne Cash instructed by Charles Russell appears on behalf of the Claimant.
Austen Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd
Former director of public affairs for Leader of the Catholic Church in
England and Wales wins libel action against the Daily Mail and is awarded £30,000