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The Court of Appeal begins hearing a 3-day appeal in Cruddas v Calvert & Ors today.
9th December 2014 - The appeal will be heard by Jackson LJ, Ryder LJ and Christopher Clarke LJ. Richard Rampton QC and Aidan Eardley of One Brick Court, with Heather Rogers QC, act for the Defendants/Appellants, instructed by Bates Wells and Braithwaite.
Vidal-Hall & ors v Google Inc. in the Court of Appeal
8th December 2014 – Google’s appeal in a case about cookies and privacy rights will be heard in the Court of Appeal today, 8 December. The constitution is the Master of the Rolls, McFarlane and Sharp LJJ. Catrin Evans is junior counsel for Google (instructed by Bristows LLP).
Hegglin v Google Inc settles prior to start of trial
24th November 2014 - Today, on what was due to be the first day of the trial, the Court was told that the parties had settled the matter on a confidential basis. A statement was read before Mr Justice Jay this morning. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acted for the Claimant. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acted for the Defendant.
Prince Charles Letters case in Supreme Court today
24th November 2014 - The Supreme Court will begin hearing the government's appeal in the Prince Charles letters case today. Aidan Eardley of One Brick Court has acted for Mr Evans throughout instructed by Jan Clements of Guardian News and Media Ltd.
Hegglin v Google Inc: data protection trial to begin on Monday 24 November
21st November 2014 - The trial of the Data Protection Act 1998 claim brought by Daniel Hegglin against Google Inc will begin on Monday before Mr Justice Jay. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acts for the Claimant. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acts for the Defendant.
“Plebgate" trial starts today in the RCJ
17th November 2014 - The trial of the preliminary issues in the two libel actions arising out of the Downing Street ‘plebgate’ incident began today before Mitting J. Catrin Evans, instructed by Slater Gordon LLP, acts for PC Rowland.
Court of Appeal refuses Mazher Mahmood permission to appeal
11th November 2014 - The Court of Appeal has refused "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood permission to appeal against the refusal of Sir David Eady to grant an injunction preventing a BBC documentary from revealing his appearance. Manuel Barca QC acted for the BBC.
Permission to appeal refused in Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited
31st October 2014 - The Supreme Court has refused Associated Newspapers Ltd’s application for permission to appeal in this libel action on the ground that the appeal did not raise a point of law of general importance, bringing the case to an end more than six years after publication of the article complained of.
Permission to appeal refused in Makudi v Triesman
6th November 2014 - The Supreme Court has refused the Claimant’s application for permission to appeal in this libel and malicious falsehood action.
Andrew Caldecott QC and Clare Kissin, instructed by RPC, acted for the Defendant/Respondent.
Andrew Caldecott QC panellist at panel discussion on 4th November 2014
31st October 2014 - Wearable technology: the impact on privacy and society.
Restriction on naming Will Cornick lifted
4th November 2014 - Mr Justice Coulson at Leeds Crown Court yesterday lifted the reporting restriction order made under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 preventing the media from identifying the teenager who murdered teacher Ann Maguire in April. David Glen acted for Guardian News and Media, Associated Newspapers, News Group Newspapers, the Press Association and Telegraph Media Group.
The Press Recognition Panel
3rd November 2014 - The Press Recognition Panel created by Royal Charter in the light of the Leveson Inquiry comes into existence today.
Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers; Toby Rowland v Andrew Mitchell MP
31st October 2014 - Ruling in advance of trial of preliminary issues in both “plebgate” actions, due to commence on 17 November 2014
One Brick Court once again top ranked in by Chambers and Partners
31st October 2014 – One Brick Court are again ranked as a band 1 set for Defamation & Privacy and are also ranked as a set for Data Protection, with Manuel Barca QC also ranked for Media & Entertainment. Andrew Caldecott QC and Catrin Evans both retain their Star Individual ratings for Defamation & Privacy.
Sir Edward Garnier QC to appear on next weeks BBC Radio 4 Law in Action
31st October 2014 - Sir Edward will be talking about freedom of information and the Prince of Wales. Law in Action is aired on Tuesday, 4 November at 4pm and repeated at 8pm on Thursday, 6 November
Geoffrey Shaw QC
16th October 2014 - Chambers is very sad to report the death of Geoffrey Shaw QC from illness. He was a member of Chambers for some 40 years from 1969 to 2008. He appeared in many leading defamation cases, establishing legal principles of lasting importance in Lucas Box v Associated Newspapers and Khashoggi v IPC Magazines.
Richard Rampton QC awarded Defamation and Privacy Silk of the year
2nd October 2014 - One Brick Court are delighted to announce that Richard Rampton QC has this evening been awarded Defamation and Privacy Silk of the year at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2014.
Clara Hamer to join Chambers
1st October 2014 - Chambers is delighted to announce that Clara Hamer has accepted an invitation to join Chambers as a tenant following the successful completion of her pupillage at One Brick Court. Clara studied Social and Political Sciences at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law, and will practise in all Chambers' main areas of expertise.
1st October 2014 - 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
Brand and Goldsmith win injunction application
11th September 2014 - Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith succeeded in their application to continue until trial an injunction in harassment against Szilvia Berki, a masseuse who visited the claimants at Ms Goldsmith’s home and then sought to publicise allegations about what occurred. On 18 September 2014 Ms Berki’s own application for an injunction against the claimants was dismissed by Mrs Justice Carr, who recorded it as having been totally without merit. Aidan Eardley acts for Mr Brand and Ms Goldsmith, instructed by Archerfield Partners LLP.
ICO publishes data protection guide for the media
4th September 2014 - Data protection and journalism - A guide for the media published today.
Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2853 (QB)
20 August 2014 - Warby J declines to order a jury trial in the libel case of Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2853 (QB). The meaning of the words complained of was also determined.
Cooke & Midland Heart Ltd v MGN Ltd & Trinity Mirror Midlands Ltd  EWHC 2831 (QB).
13 August 2014 - Threshold requirement under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013 considered by Bean J in Cooke & Midland Heart Ltd v MGN Ltd & Trinity Mirror Midlands Ltd  EWHC 2831 (QB).
PNM to seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court
1st August 2014 - PNM to seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court following the decision in PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd & Ors  EWCA Civ 1132. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent PNM
Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – permission to appeal granted to ANL
28th August 2014 - Permission was granted by Laws LJ on paper on 8th August. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for ANL (instructed by ANL’s Legal Dept)
Claimant granted permission to serve data protection claim on Google Inc in California
30th July 2014 - In a claim against Google Inc for an injunction under sections 10 and 14 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to material posted online, Mr Justice Bean yesterday granted the Claimant's application for permission to serve his claim form on Google in California.
Rowland v Mitchell, Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd – 24 July 2014
24th July 2014 - Agreed directions were yesterday approved by Warby J in the two ‘Plebgate’ libel actions. Catrin Evans (instructed by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP) is junior counsel for PC Rowland.
The trial of Garcia v Associated Newspapers Ltd begins today in the High Court before Dingemans J
21st July 2014 - The trial of Garcia v Associated Newspapers Ltd begins today in the High Court before Dingemans J. One Brick Court’s Harvey Starte, instructed by Taylor Hampton and led by Ronald Thwaites QC, appears for the Claimant. The trial is expected to run until 31 July.
Defamation action brought against Labour MP Dai Havard struck out in the High Court in Cardiff.
15th July 2014 - Hannah Ready, instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, for Mr Havard.
12th June 2014
‘Core’ of terror trial to be heard in camera but Defendants to be named rules the Court of Appeal.
Hannon & Dufour v News Group Newspapers Ltd
16th May 2014 - Mr Justice Mann today declined to strike out as an abuse of process two claims brought by persons alleging that articles in The Sun in 2009 breached their privacy rights and damaged their reputations. Catrin Evans was junior counsel for News Group (instructed by Wiggin LLP)
Weller & ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd
16th April 2014 -
The children of Paul Weller were today successful in their privacy claim against MailOnline in relation to publication of photographs of them out shopping in public in Los Angeles with their father.
Catrin Evans was junior counsel for ANL (instructed by its Editorial Legal Department)
Sir Richard Ground OBE
2nd April 2014 - Chambers is very sad to announce the death on 22 February of a highly distinguished former member, Sir Richard Ground OBE, after a short illness. Sir Richard joined Chambers in 1976 before his appointment as Crown Counsel and then Attorney General for the Cayman Islands from 1983 to 1992. He was Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1998 to 2004 and Chief Justice of Bermuda from 2004 to 2012. He was an enormously popular and successful member of chambers and clearly took those qualities with him to judicial office.
The Queen on the application of Evans v Her Majesty’s Attorney General
12th March 2014 - Guardian journalist Rob Evans today overturned the Government ban on access to Prince Charles’s “advocacy correspondence”. In 2012, the Upper Tribunal ruled that Mr Evans was entitled to see certain correspondence between Prince Charles and ministers pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The Attorney General then used his power of veto under s.53 of the Act to prevent the letters being made public. In 2013 the Divisional Court dismissed Mr Evans’s judicial review of that decision. Today, the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal, holding that the use of s.53 had been unlawful in terms of both domestic and EU law. Mr Evans had been represented throughout by Aidan Eardley, led by Michael Fordham QC in the Upper Tribunal and by Dinah Rose QC in the judicial review.
Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd – Newspaper loses its appeal
24th January 2014 - The Court of Appeal has today handed down its judgment rejecting an appeal from the decision of Sharp J (as she then was) in Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 3721 (QB). Mr Miller was represented by Manuel Barca QC, instructed by Simons, Muirhead & Burton.
New guidance to improve transparency in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection
16th January 2014 - Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and President of the Court of Protection, has issued guidance concerning the publication of judgments in the family courts and the Court of Protection.
New Year, New Act but only a few new rules
6th January 2014 - One Brick Court wishes you a happy new year. As previously reported, the Defamation Act 2013 and related statutory instrument came into force on 1st January.
“PNM” obtains permission to appeal
20th December 2013 - In October this year, Tugendhat J refused to grant an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of “PNM” as an arrestee from being disclosed (“PNM” v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others  EWHC 3177 (QB)). Permission to appeal has now been granted by Laws LJ.
Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent “PNM”.
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.
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