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One Brick Court - Remembering Ben Hinchliff
6th December 2013 - The Service of Thanksgiving for Ben in Penistone on 29th October proved a memorable, if extremely sad occasion, attended by hundreds of people. For those who were unable to attend but might like to make a charitable donation in Ben's memory, Chambers have set up a page on the 'JustGiving' website. The proceeds will go to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Marine A named and further photographs released
5th December 2013 - The anonymity order in respect of ‘Marine A’, the Royal Marine found guilty of murdering an insurgent in Afghanistan, was today lifted. Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, acted on behalf of Guardian News and Media, News Group Newspapers, BSkyB, Independent News and Media and Associated Newspapers Ltd.
Defamation Act 2013 to come into force 1 January 2014
20th November 2013 - The Government has announced that the new Defamation Act 2013 will come into force on 1 January 2014. At the same time the new Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 will also come into force. They were approved by Parliament on 18 November 2013.
Media reporting of Courts Martial – R v Marines A, B and C
8th November 2013 - Three rulings on media reporting and access to evidence have been given in R v Marines A, B and C, the trial of three Royal Marines for the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan in 2011. Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, represented Associated Newspapers Ltd, BSkyB, Guardian News and Media, Independent News and Media, ITN, News Group Newspapers Ltd, Telegraph Media Group, and Times Newspapers Ltd.
Chambers earns leading rankings for Defamation and Privacy and Data Protection
31st October 2013 - The annual Chambers and Partners’ review has once again ranked One Brick Court joint-first for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ and praised the strength and depth of experience offered by Chambers.
The Privy Council grants Royal Charter on Press Regulation
30th October 2013 - The cross-party Royal Charter has been approved by the Privy Council.
Ben Hinchliff - 1967-2013
21st October 2013 - Chambers is very sad to report the tragically early death of Ben Hinchliff who was a tenant in these chambers between 1993 and 2002, when he left a busy and successful junior practice to run the family farm in Yorkshire where his heart truly lay. He will be remembered as a wonderful companion who brought warmth and colour to the lives of many.
He will be enormously missed, and Chambers offer their condolences to his widow Emily, his sister Rebecca, his wider family and his many friends.
Judge declines to continue injunction or impose reporting restrictions in LIBOR proceedings
21st October 2013 - Mr Justice Cooke, sitting as a Crown Court judge, yesterday declined to continue an ex parte injunction which he had granted to the Serious Fraud Office on 17 October 2013. The injunction prevented the Wall Street Journal and the media from publishing the names of 22 individuals listed as co-conspirators on draft indictments in the proceedings against Tom Hayes, James Gilmour and Terry Farr who have been charged with rigging LIBOR rates.
New Criminal Practice Directions affecting court reporting
14th October 2013 - On 7th October 2013, new Criminal Practice Directions ( EWCA Crim 1631) came into force, to be read in conjunction with the new Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 which took effect on the same day. Practice Direction 5B deals with access to information held by the court and is to be read alongside CrimPR r. 5.7-5.8. Practice Direction 16B gives general guidance on the approach to be taken to reporting restrictions.
One Brick Court seminar on the Defamation Act 2013
4th October 2013 - Chambers would like to thank all the contributors and guests who helped make last night's seminar such an interesting and enjoyable evening. Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the pack or would be interested in arranging individual dedicated talks on aspects of the Act, please contact our clerks.
One Brick Court scoop 2 awards at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2013
3rd October 2013 - One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Aidan Eardley has this evening been awarded Defamation and Privacy Junior of the year and for the third year running, One Brick Court has been awarded Defamation and Privacy set of the year. This is the sixth time in eight years that chambers has received the award.
One Brick Court ranked again as a “Top-Tier” set in Defamation and Privacy by The Legal 500 2013
25th September 2013 - 3 QCs are listed in the “leading silks” list and 10 barristers are listed in the “leading juniors” list. Andrew Caldecott QC, Catrin Evans and Sarah Palin are also listed as leading counsel in Media, Entertainment and Sport.
2nd October 2013 - Judicial News
Chambers is delighted to announce that Dame Victoria Sharp was today sworn in as a Lady Justice of Appeal having sat in the Queen’s Bench Division since 2009.
For the first time since 1997 the new legal year also begins without Sir David Eady, following his retirement last Easter after a long and distinguished career at the Bar and on the High Court Bench.
1st October 2013 - 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.
Recent judgments handed down in cases involving One Brick Court
20th September 2013 - At the end of the summer term six judgments were handed down in cases in which One Brick Court barristers were instructed.
Government consultation on ‘Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims’
20th September 2013 - On 13 September the Government published its proposals to extend “qualified one way costs shifting” from personal injury to defamation, privacy and some other claims.
Court Reporting - Dale Cregan trial
14th June 2013 - Two witnesses to Dale Cregan's killing spree in Manchester last year have today been able to tell of their experiences. Reporting restrictions in respect of the couple were lifted this week by Holroyde J, following an application on behalf of NGN. Clare Kissin, instructed by Simons Muirhead Burton, made the application.
Open justice prevails in benefits fraud trial
24th May 2013 - In two judgments published today, Mr Justice Cobb has emphasised the importance of open justice and naming those convicted of criminal offences. Clare Kissin, instructed by Simons, Muirhead and Burton, represented NGN.
Lord McAlpine succeeds on question of meaning in his libel action against Sally Bercow
24th May 2013 - Mr Justice Tugendhat has found that Sally Bercow’s tweet about Lord McAlpine is defamatory of him. Sir Edward Garnier QC and Kate Wilson, instructed by RMPI Solicitors, represented the Claimant
The Guardian challenges Government Veto over Prince Charles’ correspondence
8th May 2013 - The Guardian’s application for judicial review of the Attorney-General’s veto of a decision of the Upper Tribunal is being heard today. Aidan Eardley, instructed by Jan Clements of Guardian News and Media Ltd, is Junior Counsel for Mr Evans
Defamation Act 2013
25th April 2013 - The Defamation Bill has been given Royal Assent. There is no date for enactment of the Defamation Act 2013. The Act does not affect any causes of action arising prior to enactment.
Dame Victoria Sharp to become a Court of Appeal Justice
28 March 2013 - Chambers offers its congratulations to Dame Victoria Sharp on her appointment as a Lady Justice of Appeal. Victoria was a member of Chambers from 1982 to 2009.
WXY v Gewanter & Ors  EWHC 589
14th March 2013 - WXY was today awarded £24,950 in damages for her breach of confidence, misuse of private information and harassment claim against the Third Defendant, in respect of actual and threatened postings about her on his website. Aidan Eardley, instructed by Archerfield Partners LLP, represented WXY.
Citation plc v Ellis Whittam Limited  EWCA Civ 155
8th March 2013 - The Court of Appeal today dismissed Citation PLC's claim appeal against the Order of Tugendhat J. striking out its claim for slander as an abuse of the process of the Court, invoking the jurisdiction set out in Jameel v Dow Jones. Richard Rampton QC and Jane Phillips appeared on behalf of the Respondents.
Tesla’s Top Gear appeal dismissed
5th March 2013 - The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Tesla Motors Ltd and Tesla Inc against the decisions of Tugendhat J in 2011 and 2012 striking out their claims against the BBC in libel and malicious falsehood. A full note will appear here in due course. Andrew Caldecott QC and Catrin Evans acted for the BBC, instructed by Liz Grace, BBC Litigation Department
Tamiz v Google Inc
14th February 2013 - Court of Appeal decision on libel Blogger case. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for Google Inc instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
New Terms of Engagement for Barristers
31st January 2013 - From today all instructions to Counsel at One Brick Court are accepted on The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (“The Bar Council Standard Terms”) unless otherwise expressly agreed by Counsel before acceptance.
Mini-Pupillages and the Pegasus Access Scheme
15th January 2013 - One Brick Court is now running a mini-pupillage scheme, the first round of which will take place on 18th and 19th March 2013.
Chambers and Partners Bar Awards
14th September 2012 - One Brick Court has once again received nominations in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.
Flood v Times Newspapers Limited  UKSC 11 - Supreme Court rules in favour of the The Times
21st March 2012 - In a judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the Times' appeal in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd and held that the newspaper did have a Reynolds defence in respect of an article concerning the possible corruption of a Metropolitan police officer.
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd - Supreme Court’s judgment in Reynolds defence case due on 21 March
16 March 2012 – The Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down judgment in the Times’ appeal in Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd on Wednesday (21st March).
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd – Newspaper seeks to appeal to the Supreme Court on Reynolds defence
10th August 2010 – The Times has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 804
1 Brick Court top ranked again in Defamation/Privacy in the new Chambers and Partners 2010
12th November 2009 - Every tenant at 1 BC included as a leader in the field.
Complaints Commission Code is amended
19th October 2009 – Privacy, harassment and public interest clauses are added to
Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd - The Times wins first Reynolds case since Jameel
In an ongoing libel action brought by a police officer, Gary Flood, against Times Newspapers Limited, The Times has successfully defended most of the publications on the grounds that they are protected by Reynolds qualified privilege.
Free Speech v Privacy - 1 day conference on Tuesday 1st December 2009
Assessing the latest developments in Media Law and Human Rights, Catrin Evans will be speaking on Reporting Restrictions - How far do they protect privacy?
One Brick Court scoop 2 awards at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2009
One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Andrew Caldecott QC was awarded Defamation Silk of the year and One Brick Court was awarded Defamation set of the year
Government launches consultation paper on “Controlling costs in defamation proceedings”
The Ministry of Justice has opened its long anticipated public consultation on costs in defamation claims. This follows criticism and debate in the courts and Parliament in recent years about high costs and the perception of some that they impact adversely on media defendants and freedom of expression in particular.
MoJ launches consultation on “Defamation and the internet: the multiple publication rule”
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation seeking views on whether there is a need to introduce a ‘single publication rule’ to protect the publishers of online archives, to change the current law on limitation and/or to introduce a qualified privilege defence for online archives.
The fifth annual Chambers Bar Awards will be held on Thursday, 1st October 2009
We are delighted to be nominated in all 3 Defamation categories.
Richard Rampton QC & Andrew Caldecott QC have been nominated for Defamation Silk of the year. Last year’s winner Catrin Evans, has again been nominated for Defamation Junior of the Year and One Brick Court have been nominated for Defamation Chambers of the Year.
New Costs Practice Direction for Defamation Proceedings
From 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010 all new claims for libel, slander and malicious falsehood issued in the RCJ or the District Registry in Manchester will be subject to the requirements of the new Practice Direction 51D (Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme).
Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v (1) Designtechnica Corp (2) Google UK Ltd & (3) Google Inc
In a ground breaking decision the High Court today ruled that Google was not a publisher at common law in respect of defamatory “snippets” generated by a search on Google and displayed in its search results.
Taranissi and BBC settle libel claim
The long-running libel claim brought by the fertility treatment expert Mohammed Taranissi against the BBC in respect of allegations made in a Panorama programme broadcast in January 2007 has settled.
Richard Rampton QC, Jane Phillips and Ian Helme appeared on behalf of Mr Taranissi
Manuel Barca and David Glen appeared on behalf of the BBC.
Civil Litigation Costs Review – Lord Justice Jackson publishes his preliminary report
Lord Justice Jackson today published his preliminary report as part of his review of the costs of civil litigation. Any responses to the preliminary report must be submitted by the end of July 2009.
Attendance of Media Representatives at Hearings in Family Proceedings
The new rules relating to the attendance of media representatives at hearings in family proceedings took effect on 27 April 2009.
Government introduces further measures on costs in libel actions
As a response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation “Controlling costs in defamation proceedings”, Jack Straw has announced two further measures (in addition to those in the new Practice Direction 51D) which will be effective from 1 October:
Austen Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd
The re-trial of this libel action by a judge and jury begins today. The
Claimant, a Catholic and the former spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is suing on allegations published by the Daily Mail that he was a hypocrite on the issue of abortion, because he had pressured a former girlfriend into having one. The trial is expected to last 2 weeks.
Joanne Cash instructed by Charles Russell appears on behalf of the Claimant.
Austen Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd
Former director of public affairs for Leader of the Catholic Church in
England and Wales wins libel action against the Daily Mail and is awarded £30,000