One Brick Court is long established barristers’ chambers in the heart of the Temple, London, specialising in media and information law.
Chambers’ specialisation in libel goes back to the 1880s when Sir Hugh Fraser published his first book on defamation. He moved his chambers to the present building in 1916 and since that time members of One Brick Court have been predominant at the libel and media law bar.
In past years these have included Sir Gerald Slade, Colin Duncan QC, Sir Neville Faulks, Sir David Hirst, Sir Brian Neill and Richard Hartley QC (known in his heyday as “Prince of Libel”).
More recently former members have included Sir David Eady who retired at Easter 2013 from the High Court Bench and was for many years Judge in Charge of the Lists in the QBD and Lady Justice Sharp, elevated to the Court of Appeal in October 2013 having sat in the Queen’s Bench Division since 2009.
This unbroken lineage of expertise in libel law now extends to all related fields of media and information law, including privacy, breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, reporting restrictions, contempt of court, data protection, freedom of information, media regulatory work and relevant human rights law in all these contexts. See “Services” and “Practice Areas” for further detail.
We are continually recognised in the industry directories for our expertise and the quality of the work we do, at all levels of seniority across junior and QC ranks, and our rankings as leaders in Defamation/Privacy reflect this. For further information please see “What Others Say”.
We believe we have a distinctive professional and yet approachable style with lay and solicitor clients and we are proud of having a clerking team which is highly efficient and also popular with clients.