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Claire Overman
Call: 2014

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Specialists in media and information law

One Brick Court is a leading set of barristers’ chambers practising in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, confidence, contempt of court, reporting restrictions, freedom of information and data protection.

Winner of Set of the Year for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.


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Irina Bokova v Associated Newspapers Limited [2018] EWHC 320 (QB)

21 February 2017 – Dingemans J has ruled today on the meaning of articles which were published in the Daily Mail and the Mail Online website about the former Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. The judgment also offers guidance to practitioners about the procedure to be followed when one or both parties to a defamation claim seek a preliminary ruling on meaning. Edward Garnier QC and Timothy Atkinson are instructed by Zaiwalla & Co for Ms Bokova; Andrew Caldecott QC and David Glen are instructed by RPC on behalf of ANL.

NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018] EWHC 261 (QB)

19 February 2017 – Warby J has handed down judgment today following the conclusion of the PTR in the first “right to be forgotten” claims to be brought in the High Court. The original PTR was adjourned by Nicklin J on 18 January 2018 to allow further consideration to be given to the terms of proposed orders governing what can be reported at trial. The judgment examines the purpose and limits of the jurisdiction under s.11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. It also emphasises the importance of adopting a purposive approach to the open justice principle, especially in cases raising matters of profound legal and public interest. Catrin Evans QC, instructed by Pinsent Masons, on behalf of Google; David Glen is acting on behalf of various interested media parties.

Stocker v Stocker [2018] EWCA Civ 170

12th February 2018 - Meaning; Justification (truth); Publication

Who's Who Legal

7th February 2018 -One Brick Court, Jane Phillips and Andrew Caldecott QC recognised as most highly regarded in defamation, media and entertainment by Who’s Who Legal

Appleby Global Group LLC v (1) BBC and (2) Guardian News and Media Ltd[2018] EWHC 104 (Ch)

26th January 2018 -High Court dismisses application to transfer Paradise Papers breach of confidence claim to the Media and Communications List in the QBD. Catrin Evans QC and Jonathan Scherbel-Ball for the BBC. David Glen for Guardian News & Media Ltd.

Howard Kennedy v The National Trust for Scotland [2017] EWHC 3368 (QB)

17 January 2018 – A libel and data protection claim has been stayed on the basis that Scotland is the more appropriate forum for the trial of the action. In an important judgment, Sir David Eady confirmed that the existence of foreign republications did not mean that the Brussels Recast Regulation prevented the operation of the doctrine of forum non conveniens to a dispute which was otherwise wholly internal to the UK. The judgment also analyses the distinction between deemed and actual service of a claim form under the CPR, concluding that the claim form was validly served in time in this instance. David Glen and Hannah Ready, instructed by RPC, for the Defendant.

Brian Neill

3rd January 2018 - It is with great sadness that Chambers has learnt of the death on Christmas Eve at the age of 94 of the Rt Hon Sir Brian Neill. Brian Neill was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade and fought in the Normandy campaign in 1944/45. He was called to the Bar in 1949 and was a member of Chambers until 1978. He took Silk in 1968. He was appointed a Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division in 1978, a Judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts in 1980 and of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 1981. He became Judge in charge of the Commercial List in 1983. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in January 1985 and a member of the Privy Council in February 1985. He retired from the Court of Appeal in September 1996 and became a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Gibraltar in 1997. His wife, Sally, predeceased him and he is survived by his three sons, Andrew, Michael and Richard, their wives, and his eight grandchildren to whom we send our deepest condolences. There will be a memorial service in London in the spring.