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Call: 1999 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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Paddling in the backwater: Australian courts and online defamation

26th November 2015 - Australian courts have fallen further and further behind their counterparts in England and the United States when it comes to applying defamation law principles to online communications. Urgent legislative reform is required in the antipodes, writes One Brick Court Door Tenant, Dr Matt Collins QC.

Weller and Ors v Associated Newspapers Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 1176

20th November 2015 - Article 8 ECHR, Article 10 ECHR, privacy

Her Majesty’s Attorney General v The Conde Nast Publications Ltd [2015] EWHC 3322 (Admin)

19th November 2015 - On 18 November 2015 the Administrative Court gave judgment granting the Attorney General's application to commit the Defendant for contempt of court under the "strict liability" rule. The case concerned an article in the April 2014 edition of GQ magazine commenting on the "phone hacking" trial (R v Edmondson & Ors) and published while that trial was still in progress. A penalty hearing will follow. Andrew Caldecott QC and Aidan Eardley, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor, represented the Attorney General.

Richardson v Facebook & Google UK Limited [2015] EWHC 3154 (QB)

17th November 2015 - On 2 November 2015, Warby J handed down judgment in consolidated appeals arising from claims which had been brought against Facebook UK Limited and Google UK Limited. The judgment serves as a helpful clarification to litigants about the need to sue the correct entity in the context of alleged internet intermediary cases. It also addresses a number of misconceptions which have arisen in respect of the CJEU’s decision in Costeja v AEPD (the ‘Google Spain’ case) regarding liability in data protection law. Caroline Addy was instructed by White & Case on behalf of Facebook UK Limited. David Glen was instructed by Pinsent Masons on behalf of Google UK Limited.

One Brick Court once again recognised as a ‘leading set’ in Chambers & Partners 2016

3rd November 2016 - One Brick Court has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as a ‘leading set’ in both Defamation & Privacy and the Data Protection categories in the 2016 edition of the legal directory. One Brick Court is the only Chambers which has been ranked as a leading chambers in both categories in every year since the “Data Protection” category was instituted in 2014. One Brick Court has 5 silks and 12 juniors recognised as leading practitioners for Defamation and Privacy. Five members are also ranked for their work in Data Protection, which covers all aspects of information law, including the Freedom of Information Act.

ss.34-38 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 come into force today.

3rd November 2015 - These provisions mean that exemplary damages may be awarded in claims against relevant publishers, who are not members of a regulator approved by the Press Recognition Panel, in claims related to the "publication of news-related material". S.39 (concerning the scope of aggravated damages) also comes into force today. To date, there is no regulator which has been approved by the PRP, while IPSO, which has been joined by a number of members of the press, is not seeking recognition.

Mini Pupillage 2016

3rd November 2015 - Applications are now open for the next round of One Brick Court's mini-pupillage scheme. Please see our mini-pupillage page for further details on how to apply