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Sir Edward Garnier QC

Sir Edward Garnier QC
Call: 1976 Silk: 1995

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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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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.

Pannu v Carter v Medway Council [2017] EWHC 3270 (QB).

15 December 2017 – In a judgment handed down today, Sir David Eady, sitting as a High Court Judge, dismissed the defamation claim brought by a taxi driver, Mandeep Pannu, against a taxi operator, Tracy Carter, following a 3 day trial in November. Kate Wilson was instructed for the defendant shortly before the trial commenced and represented her at trial. The judge held that the email sued upon did not convey a defamatory meaning about the claimant and that the claimant had failed to show that a conversation also complained of was actionable in slander, further it was published on an occasion of qualified privilege and the defendant was not malicious. Kate Wilson, instructed by Stephen & Son, represented the Defendant at trial.

Manuel Barca QC again awarded Silk of the year

6th December 2017 - Chambers are delighted to announce that Manuel Barca QC has been awarded Silk of the year for IP, IT and media at the Legal 500 UK 2018 awards.

Various Claimants v Wm Morrisons Supermarket PLC [2017] EWHC 3113 (QB)

1st December 2017 - Data Protection, Breach of Confidence, Misuse of Private Information, Vicarious Liability

Declan Arthurs v News Group Newspapers

24th November 2017 - a singer who appeared on the BBC’s reality talent show, Let it Shine, has lost his application for an interim injunction against the publisher of The Sun on Sunday. Declan Arthurs brought claims for misuse of private information and for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in respect of an article published by The Sun on Sunday in January 2017 which revealed that the Plaintiff’s father had convictions for terrorism offences. Following the lifting of reporting restrictions, it can be reported that the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s decision not to order an interim injunction in respect of the continued publication of the article. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball was Junior Counsel for the Defendant, instructed by Ciaran O’Shiel of A&L Goodbody.