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Judgment has today been handed down by Warby J in the case of Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd.
30th July 2015 - The claimant was successful in showing that the first Huffington Post article complained of had caused serious harm to his reputation, but unsuccessful in relation to the second article. AOL (UK) Ltd, the publisher of the Huffington Post, is to seek Warby J’s permission to appeal his decision relating to the first article at a hearing next term. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL.
Google Inc. v Vidal-Hall & ors
23rd July 2015 - Supreme Court grants Google permission to appeal in relation to data protection issues arising from Safari browser cookie case. Catrin Evans acts as junior counsel for Google (instructed by Bristows LLP)
The trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process in Lachaux v AOLhas concluded
21 July 2015 - The trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd has concluded. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL, the publisher of the Huffington Post.
Coventry & ors (Respondents) v Lawrence & Anor (Appellants)  UKSC 50
22 July 2015 - By a majority of 5-2, the Supreme Court has held that the regime for the recovery of costs in civil litigation in England and Wales under the Access to Justice Act 1999 (“AJA”) is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
R (on the app. of David Davis MP & ors) v Sec. of State for the Home Dept & ors  EWHC 2092
17th July 2015 - The High Court has today declared section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (“DRIPA”) to be unlawful. The provision sets out a regime for the retention of relevant communications data.
Judgment in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd  EWHC 1847 (QB) handed down.
29th June 2015 - On application by the Defendant, Nicol J set aside an Order of Master Yoxall granting an extension of time for service of Particulars of Claim in relation to a second article now also complained of. An additional application to serve Particulars made before Nicol J was granted, but with the Claimant being required to pay costs. The two actions against AOL have now been consolidated and both will be dealt with at the forthcoming trial of the issues of ’serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process on 20-21 July 2015. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP, represent AOL (UK) Ltd, the publisher of the Huffington Post.
In the matter of an application by JR38 for judicial review (Northern Ireland)
1st July 2015 -  UKSC 42
Ma v St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust  EWHC 1866 QB
30th June 2015 - St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has successfully defended a libel action brought by the mother of a patient. The Claimant sued in respect of publications of notes made by staff about her conduct when she brought her child to St George’s Accident & Emergency department. Sir David Eady found that the words complained of were substantially true and, in respect of the publication to the hospital’s health visitor liaison officer, the publication was on an occasion of qualified privilege, applying Clift v Slough Borough Council  1 WLR 1774. The Judge rejected the Claimant’s case on malice.
Dufour v News Group Newspapers Ltd – Mann J 12 June 2015
12th June 2015 - the trial of this breach of confidence/misuse of private information claim was adjourned by Mann J a week before it was due to start in order to allow the defendant to amend its case and adduce expert evidence. Catrin Evans acted for the newspaper (instructed by Wiggin LLP)
Hearing in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd before Nicol J.
11 June 2015 – AOL seek to set aside an extension of time for service of particulars in a new action brought by the Claimant, while Mr Lachaux seeks consolidation of the two actions ahead of the forthcoming trial of ‘serious harm’ and Jameel abuse of process. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready represent AOL (UK) Ltd.
BBC defeats injunction attempt by alleged IRA informant ‘Stakeknife’.
10th June 2015 - In the High Court in Belfast yesterday, the BBC successfully resisted an injunction application by Freddie Scappaticci to prevent the broadcasting of footage due to be shown in a BBC Spotlight investigation into allegations of state collusion with the IRA during the Troubles. Mr Scappaticci has been widely alleged to be ‘Stakeknife’, the State’s leading informant inside the IRA.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball acted for the BBC, instructed by the BBC Litigation Department.
Shobna Gulati & ors v MGN Ltd  EWHC 1482 (Ch)
21st May 2015 - Mr Justice Mann has today ordered that MGN Ltd pay very substantial sums of damages to eight individuals whose voicemails had been intercepted. The highest individual award was the sum of £260,250 awarded to Sadie Frost.
BBC v Roden UKEAT/0385/14/DA
14th May 2015 - The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the risk of reputational damage to a Claimant based on the public possibly failing properly to distinguish between an unfounded allegation canvassed during a case and a finding of guilt is not a valid reason for granting the Claimant an anonymity order.
One Brick Court is delighted to announce that Heather Rogers QC has joined Chambers.
11th May 2015 - Heather’s wealth of experience and vast knowledge in all areas of media law, established and developing, will be an enormous asset for the future. Members of Chambers and clerks are unanimous in welcoming her, on both a professional and a personal level.
Clare Kissin leaves One Brick Court to join the Government Legal Department
1st May 2015 - After 5 ½ years in practice Clare Kissin has decided to swap the independent Bar for the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor). She will be working in the Ministry of Justice private law litigation team where she will represent the Government in litigation relating to prisoners.
Complaint to IPSO under Clause 9 of the Editors’ Code of Practice (Reporting of Crime) upheld
22nd April 2015 - The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint against The Times over the use of a photograph of a man arrested on suspicion of murder together with a woman who was “plainly not personally relevant to the story”.
Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd  EWHC 915 (QB)
2nd April 2015 - AOL has successfully applied to have serious harm under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 tried by way of a preliminary issue. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Lewis Silkin, represent AOL
One Brick Court - Seminar on ‘False Information: the new legal battlegrounds’
8th April 2015 - The seminar on 16th April will be chaired by Andrew Caldecott QC and will include sessions led by members of chambers, followed by a scenario based panel discussion. Few remaining places can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
R(Evans) v Attorney General
26th March 2015 - The Supreme Court has dismissed the Attorney General’s appeal concerning his attempt to veto disclosure of correspondence between the Prince of Wales and government ministers. It is anticipated that the case will now resume in the Upper Tribunal, where, prior to the veto, the government departments were seeking permission to redact some of the correspondence before it is provided to Guardian journalist Rob Evans.
Cruddas v Calvert & Ors
17th March 2015 - The Court of Appeal has allowed in part the appeal by The Sunday Times and two of its journalists. Richard Rampton QC, Heather Rogers QC and Aidan Eardley acted for the Defendants/Appellants, instructed by Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP.
12th March 2015
Ex parte interim non-disclosure Order discharged by Dingemans J at the return date hearing in Earley v Winnifrith. Kate Wilson appeared for the Applicant and Hannah Ready for the Respondent
Edward Garnier to be made Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council
12th March 2015 - Sir Edward Garnier QC, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, is to be appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council, a formal body of advisers to The Queen.
“Plebgate” libel action finally settles.
4th March 2015 - It was announced today that the libel action by PC Rowland against Andrew Mitchell MP has settled on payment by Mr Mitchell to Mr Rowland of £80,000 in damages plus costs. Catrin Evans and Clara Hamer were junior counsel for Mr Rowland (instructed by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP).
“PNM” obtains permission to appeal to the Supreme Court
19th February 2015 - In October 2013, Tugendhat J refused to grant an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of “PNM” as an arrestee from being disclosed, a decision later upheld by the Court of Appeal. Permission has now been granted to appeal to the Supreme Court. Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready, instructed by Collyer Bristow LLP, represent “PNM”.
Ames v The Spamhaus Project Ltd
30th January 2015 - In a judgment handed down this week, Warby J refused to strike out a defamation claim brought by claimants resident in California, in respect of publications on the Spamhaus Project website. In so doing, he dealt with the important issue of the interaction between the Jameel test of ‘real and substantial tort’ and the 'serious harm' test in s.1 Defamation Act 2013. Ian Helme, instructed by Olswang LLP, acted for the Defendants.
Duncan and Neill on Defamation
30th January 2015 - The fourth edition of Duncan and Neill on Defamation, published in the Butterworths Common Law series, is now on sale. Written by Sir Brian Neill, Richard Rampton QC, Heather Rogers QC, Timothy Atkinson and Aidan Eardley, the new edition has been completely revised to take account of the Defamation Act 2013. It also includes chapters on malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, harassment and data protection.
Simpson v MGN Ltd
21st January 2015 - In a trial of a preliminary issue, Warby J has determined the defamatory meaning borne by a Daily Mirror article which is the subject of a libel action brought by Premiership footballer Danny Simpson. In consequence Warby J struck out the newspaper’s defence of justification and entered judgment for Mr Simpson. Permission to appeal was refused. Manuel Barca QC and Aidan Eardley acted for Mr Simpson, instructed by Lewis Silkin LLP.
Court of Appeal hears appeal in J K Rowling case today
21st January 2015 - Longmore LJ, Ryder LJ and Sharp LJ have been hearing the appeal in Murray v Associated Newspapers Ltd today. The Claimant is the author known as J K Rowling. Andrew Caldecott QC and Sarah Palin, instructed by RPC, act for the Defendant/Appellant.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball appointed to Attorney General's "C" Panel
1st March 2015 - We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Scherbel-Ball has been appointed to the Attorney General’s “C” Panel of approved counsel. It is a 5 year appointment which will complement his practice of media and information law.
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).
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 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.
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).
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)
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.