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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”.
First of Law Commission’s Reports on Contempt Published
17th December 2013 - The Law Commission has published a report on Contempt of Court entitled ‘Juror Misconduct and Internet Publications’. The report is the first of three reports to be published by the Commission on Contempt, and follows a public consultation last year.
Revised rules relating to jury trials to take effect in the New Year
11th December 2013 - By virtue of The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 8) Rules 2013, an amended r. 26.11 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 will take effect from 1st January 2014.
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.
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
19th August 2014 - One Brick Court are again delighted to have been nominated in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards to be held on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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