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Ian Helme
Call: 2005

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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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PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26

19th May 2016 - The Supreme Court has today (by a majority of 4-1) allowed an appeal by PJS from the decision of the Court of Appeal setting aside an interim injunction restraining the identification of PJS and other individuals and details of extramarital sexual encounters. PJS had originally been refused an interim injunction by Cranston J on 15 January 2016 but on 22 January the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 100. On 15 April 2016 the Defendant applied to the Court of Appeal to have the injunction discharged on the grounds that the protected information was now in the public domain. The Court of Appeal acceded to this application and discharged the injunction: [2016] EWCA Civ 393. Today’s Supreme Court majority decision allowed PJS’s appeal from that second decision of the Court of Appeal. As a result of today’s judgment, the interim injunction will remain in effect.

Construction Industry Group Litigation settles

11th May 2016- Statements in open court were read today following a settlement being reached in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation. Andrew Caldecott QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Macfarlanes LLP, have acted on behalf of the largest group of defendants since 2014.

Gary Flood (Respondent) v Times Newspapers Ltd (Appellant)

9th May 2016 – Times Newspapers Ltd have been given permission by the Supreme Court to appeal the costs order in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd - Richard Rampton QC and Kate Wilson (instructed by Times Newspapers’ Legal Department).

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.