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Manuel Barca QC

Manuel Barca QC
Call: 1986 Silk: 2011

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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 and 2013.

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Ma v St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2015] 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 [2011] 1 WLR 1774. The Judge rejected the Claimant’s case on malice.

Delfi AS v Estonia - Application No: 64569/09

16th June 2015 - Grand Chamber, ECHR

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.