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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.
06/12/2017

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.
27/11/2017

Tamiz v UK
12th October 2017 - In an important endorsement of the UK's approach to online intermediary liability and the wider balance to be struck between the rights of claimants and publishers where claims for repetitional damage are brought, the European Court of Human Rights has today dismissed a challenge brought by Payam Tamiz against the United Kingdom government. Mr Tamiz maintained that a decision of the Court of Appeal to dismiss his defamation claim against Google Inc. in 2013 constituted a breach of his rights under Articles 8 and 13 of the ECHR. However, the European Court rejected this argument, holding that the national courts had achieved a fair balance between Mr Tamiz's right to respect for his private life under Article 8 and the important rights of freedom of expression which were enjoyed by both Google Inc. and its end users. David Glen acted on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in the proceedings. Catrin Evans QC acted for Google Inc. who intervened as an interested party (instructed by Pinsent Masons) and also acted for Google Inc. in the domestic proceedings (instructed by RPC LLP).
12/10/2017

Manuel Barca QC wins Defamation Silk of the Year 2017 at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards
26th October 2017 - One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Manuel Barca QC was awarded Defamation Silk of the Year at this evening’s Chambers and Partners Bar Awards, held at The London Hilton, Park Lane.
26/10/2017

Protecting the Media Conference - 6th November 2017
26th October 2017 - This event, now in its 23rd year, serves as the ultimate review of key developments in the field of media law over the last 12 months. Speakers this year include Andrew Caldecott QC, Heather Rogers QC, Ian Helme and Jane Phillips from One Brick Court
25/10/2017

One Brick Court top ranked in the new Legal 500 2017
13th October - One Brick Court and its members are once again ranked by the Legal 500 across three practice areas. Chambers is highly ranked in Defamation & Privacy, with all 6 silks and 11 juniors recommended, as well as being ranked in Data Protection and Media and Entertainment.
13/10/2017

New Data Protection Bill published
3rd October 2017 - The UK government has published the Data Protection Bill, which received its first reading in the House of Lords on 13 September 2017.
03/10/2017

Matthew Nicklin QC appointed to High Court
21st September 2017 - Chambers congratulates Matthew Nicklin QC of 5RB on his appointment to the High Court Bench and wishes him every success in his new role as a Queen’s Bench Judge.
21/09/2017

There's an obvious way out of the prisons crisis
14th August 2017 - Overcrowding is at the heart of the problem, Sir Edward Garnier QC writes in an article for the New Statesman
14/08/2017

Mionis v Democratic Press and others
31st July 2017 - The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal in Mionis v Democratic Press and others, upholding and enforcing the terms of settlement embodied in a Tomlin Order, whereby the Respondents had (among other things) agreed not to report or otherwise publish in any jurisdiction any articles or statements which refer to the Appellant or the Appellant’s immediate family. Richard Rampton QC and Jane Phillips appeared for the Appellant
31/07/2017

Construction companies granted permission to pursue contribution proceedings
24th July 2017 – Following last year’s settlements of the hundreds of actions brought against them, the companies comprising the largest group of defendants in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation have been granted permission by Supperstone J to pursue Part 20 proceedings against ten other construction companies. Andrew Caldecott QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Macfarlanes LLP, have acted on their behalf since 2014.
24/07/2017

Landmark Supreme Court decision in PNM v TNL & Ors handed down
19 July 2017– the Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the privacy case of PNM v TNL & Ors. One Brick Court’s Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready have acted for PNM since 2013 and appeared before Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption and Lord Reed in January 2017. The majority have ruled against granting an interim non-disclosure order to prevent PNM’s identification as a person arrested in connection with allegations of child sexual grooming/prostitution. However, Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson would have allowed the appeal and have delivered a strong dissenting judgment.
19/07/2017

Jonathan Hirst QC
12th July 2017 - It is with great sadness that One Brick Court has learnt of the death of Jonathan Hirst QC of Brick Court Chambers, our former neighbours in Brick Court. Jonathan was the son of our former Head of Chambers, the late Lord Justice David Hirst, and a great friend to many in Chambers. We send our deepest condolences to Jonathan’s wife, Fiona, and their son, Charles, and his wider family.
12/07/2017

The Legal Challenges of Social Media
6th July 2017 - The Legal Challenges of Social Media (edited by David Mangan and Lorna E Gillies, Edward Elgar, 2017), foreword by Sir Edward Garnier QC, launches today at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
06/07/2017

Government confirms it will implement EU General Data Protection Regulation
22nd June 2017 - As widely anticipated, it was confirmed in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June that the GDPR will become law in the UK and that a new data protection bill will replace the 1998 Act.
22/06/2017

One Brick Court – Seminar: “Broken Boundaries: New Frontiers in Media and Information Law”
9th June 2017 - The seminar on 20th June at the Institute for Strategic Studies will be chaired by Sir Edward Garnier QC and will include sessions by members of chambers on the present and future of media and information law, focussing on key current issues including GDPR and Freedom of Expression, Citizen Journalism and the Public Interest, Data Breaches after Vidal-Hall and more. Few remaining places can be booked by emailing clerks@onebrickcourt.com
09/06/2017

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott - Debut novel
22nd May 2017 - Praised by Hilary Mantel as "Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties,' Andrew Caldecott QC's first novel, Rotherweird, is in bookshops and available online now. A twisted, arcane murder-mystery, switching between the past and an unusual present, The Guardian calls it a “compelling first installment of a trilogy….Though it resembles the love child of Gormenghast without the rancour, and Hogwarts without the rightful heir, it diverges from the usual fantasy templates".
22/05/2017

Sir Edward Garnier QC to speak at the Banking Litigation & Regulation Forum 2017 on 15th June 2017
14th June 2017 - Sir Edward will be on the panel discussing Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK. The panel will outline the different stages within the DPA model, from awareness of a potential DPA to court approval. They will also consider when a DPA is appropriate, factors that a prosecutor may take into account when deciding whether to enter into a DPA and further insights into the practical application of DPA’s across the UK.
22/05/2017

1BC members give talk on media-related issues
16 May 2017 - Sarah Palin and Claire Overman presented a talk to leading divorce and family law firm, Vardags. Their talk was entitled “Media-related issues in high-profile divorces” and covered defamation, privacy and reporting restrictions in this area.
16/05/2017

The 5th edition of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt will be published on 31 May 2017.
25th May 2017 - The book is the leading text book on the law of contempt and reporting restrictions, and provides a comprehensive and authoritative commentary on topics including strict liability contempt, the protection of journalistic sources, contempt in the face of the court, and sanctions and remedies for contempt. Contributors include One Brick Court’s Sarah Palin, David Glen, Aidan Eardley, Ian Helme, Kate Wilson, Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, Hannah Ready, and Clara Hamer.
11/05/2017

Libel claim by Melania Trump against Daily Mail settles
12th April 2017 -A joint statement in open court was today read in the High Court bringing to an end the libel action by the First Lady of the United States against Associated Newspapers Ltd, the publisher of the Daily Mail. The claim was in respect of an article published on 20 August 2016 entitled “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past could derail Trump”. The Defendant apologised to Mrs Trump and has agreed to pay her damages. Andrew Caldecott QC and Catrin Evans QC (instructed by Baker McKenzie LLP) acted for ANL.
12/04/2017

Supreme Court’s ruling on CFAs in media publication cases due next week
6th April 2017 - Supreme Court will hand down its judgment in Flood v Times Newspapers; Miller v Associated Newspapers and Frost v MGN Ltd at 9.45 on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. The appeal concerned the recoverability of additional liabilities (success fees and ATE insurance premiums) in cases where article 10 is engaged. Richard Rampton QC and Kate Wilson, instructed by Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP, are representing the Times.
06/04/2017

Businesswoman wins £54,000 libel damages
20th March 2017 - Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, a resident of Kensington who painted her house in red and white stripes, has been awarded £54,000 in damages following a hearing to assess compensation under the Offer of Amends regime. She sued over two articles published by Mail Online (and the publication of the second article in the Daily Mail). Those articles had falsely suggested that “the claimant behaved most unpleasantly to the family of her late husband and that she has betrayed his trust.” However, Judge Parkes “provisionally” dismissed the special damages claim. While some of that claim was not properly pleaded, the Judge did, however, permit the claimant to apply to have an assessment of the special damages which were properly pleaded, if so advised. Andrew Caldecott QC was Leading Counsel for ANL, instructed by Wiggin LLP
20/03/2017

Hourani v Thomson and others [2017] EWHC 432 (QB)
13th March 2017 - The Claimant, Issam Hourani, who was the victim of an targeted campaign, has succeeded in his claim for harassment against John Michael Waller, who directed elements of the campaign, Psybersolutions LLC (a company used by Dr Waller), and two individuals, Alastair Thomson and Brian Macarthy. The Claimant also succeeded in his claim for libel against the company, Thomson and Macarthy (Waller was not sued for libel). After a 10-day trial, Warby J delivered a detailed Judgment on the facts and law. The Campaign, which was conducted for, and paid for by, unidentified “Client(s)” of Dr Waller, included staging two “demonstrations” in London (one of which was outside the Claimant’s home) and ensuring that these “events” were widely reported online. The court ruled that the allegation of “murder” (in relation to a young woman who died in Beirut in June 2004) was “untenable”. The Judge found that the Campaign was “highly unreasonable”, rejecting the argument that the conduct was protected by section 1(3) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (it was argued that the conduct was for the purpose of prevention or detecting crime and/or was reasonable in the circumstances). The Judge rejected the argument (by Thomson & Macarthy) that any publication was protected by the defence in section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 (publication on matter of public interest). The court awarded damages in the total amount of £80,000 (for the libel and harassment), specifying the amounts for which each of the four was responsible. A hearing will take place to determine consequential orders. Heather Rogers QC, instructed by Payne Hicks Beach, was the Claimant’s Leading Counsel.
13/03/2017

New Media and Communications List
27th February 2017 - It has today been announced that from 1 March 2017 there will be a new list within the Queen’s Bench Division called the Media and Communications List. Mr Justice Warby has been designated as the Judge in charge of the new list, which will cover cases involving defamation, misuse of private information and breach of duty under the Data Protection Act, and related or similar claims including malicious falsehood and harassment arising from publication or threatened publication by the print or broadcast media, online, on social media, or in speech. The press release states that from 1 March, parties who consider their case to fall within this category should insert the words “Media and Communications List” on their claim or Acknowledgement of Service.
27/02/2017

Hazelwood v ICO & Cabinet Office (EA/2016/0204)
16th February 2017 - Following a hearing in January 2017, the First Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) has ruled that the Cabinet Office was entitled to rely on the exemption in s.37 of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) when it refused to confirm or deny whether it held information concerning whether a company had applied for permission to use the word ‘Royal’ in its name. S.37(1)(b) FOIA provides a qualified exemption for information if it relates to ‘the conferring by the Crown of any honour or dignity’. The FTT found that FOIA should be interpreted purposively, and that s.37(1)(b) FOIA could be understood “to relate to the honours system in its widest sense, including the system for giving permission to companies to use the term ‘Royal’.” [27] The FTT ruled that the public interest in this case favoured maintaining the confidentiality of the honours system, free from outside interference, and acknowledged the expectation of privacy of applicants [30]. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by the Government Legal Department, appeared for the Cabinet Office.
16/02/2017

Issam Hourani v Alistair Thomson & Others
30th January 2017 – 10 day libel and harassment trial begins today before Mr Justice Warby. Heather Rogers QC, instructed by Payne Hicks Beach, will appear for the claimant.
30/01/2017

Gary Flood -V- Times Newspapers Ltd (UKSC 2015/0045)
24th January 2017 - 3 day hearing before the Supreme Court starts today. Richard Rampton QC and Kate Wilson for Times Newspapers Ltd
24/01/2017

Garnier Leads for SFO in its largest investigation and third UK DPA
17th January 2017 -Rolls-Royce PLC has reached agreements with the SFO in London, the DoJ in the United States, and prosecutors in Brazil to settle bribery and corruption allegations and will pay about $809 million for the global resolution following the completion of the SFO’s largest investigation since its establishment in the 1980’s.
17/01/2017

PNM v TNL & Ors before the Supreme Court
17 January 2017 – In what would be a landmark privacy ruling, the Appellant seeks an interim non-disclosure order to prevent his identification as a person arrested in connection with allegations of child sexual grooming/prostitution. The Respondents wish to publish reports of reporting restriction proceedings concerning the Appellant, in the course of which certain of the private information in question was referred to in open court. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether, following the decision in A v British Broadcasting Corporation (Scotland) [2014] UKSC 25, the Court of Appeal erred in its approach to balancing the privacy rights of a person arrested but never charged and subsequently ‘de-arrested’ for an offence, against the right of the press to report open court proceedings. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, will appear before Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption and Lord Reed.
17/01/2017

A Report on the Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in Turkey since December 2013
28th September 2015 - The Rt Hon The Lord Woolf CH, Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC, Sir Edward Garnier QC MP and Sarah Palin have presented their Report on the Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in Turkey since December 2013. The report constitutes an independent desk-based inquiry into the actions of the Turkish government, its institutions and officials against supporters of the Hizmet movement from the perspective of international human rights law and seeks to identify possible patterns of systematic violations of human rights against supporters of the Hizmet movement. It is also anticipated that the report will contribute to raising awareness of the current situation of human rights in Turkey.
28/09/2015