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.
Latest News & Cases
27th June 2016 - We are delighted to announce that Aidan Eardley has been appointed to the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of approved counsel with effect from 1 September 2016. It is a 5 year appointment. Aidan has been on the Attorney’s “B” panel since 2011.
15th June 2016 - Following trial, the Defendants in this libel action succeeded in their defence of Truth, s.2 of the Defamation Act 2013. Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment today.
The Claimant had sued for libel in respect of emails sent by his former employer to various clients and prospective clients. At a preliminary issue trial, HHJ Moloney QC had determined the meaning of the emails ( EWHC 3769 (QB);  E.M.L.R. 10). Warby J found, following trial, that those meanings were substantially true, namely that the Defendants had proved, in essence, that the Claimant had supplied commercially important, confidential information about the First Defendant’s business to its rivals, that, as a result, the First Defendant had rightly dismissed the Claimant for gross misconduct and further that his misconduct has been so serious that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that he had committed a criminal offence.
Kate Wilson, instructed by Ward Hadaway, acted for the Defendants.
15th June 2016 - Caroline Addy will be speaking at the Defamation and Privacy 2016 Conference today on the subject of Single Publication Rule.
10th June 2016 - Heather Rogers QC is a key speaker a this years IBC conference on 14th June 2016 and will be giving a Defamation Update discussing the latest on "serious harm" and "Public interest" journalism after Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd
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:  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:  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.
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.
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).