“She has a commanding presence in court.” “She has real, practical experience on a range of cases and she speaks convincingly and compellingly.”
Caroline is an able and experienced senior junior with a broad practice in all areas of media and information law. She acts for both claimants and defendants of all kinds, from private individuals to companies, NHS trusts, trade unions, police officers, website operators and charities.
She was the defendants counsel in the first privacy action over a blog to be tried in England and Wales (Sorrell v Fullsix and Ors). She has particular experience of seeking and defending urgent injunction applications.
Caroline provides pre-publication advice to major publishing houses, particularly in relation to contentious biographies and autobiographies, and to magazine publishers.
Caroline is consistently recommended as a “Leading Junior” in Defamation and Privacy in Chambers and Partners and in The Legal 500. She has been described in previous editions as “a pleasure to work with”, “adored by those who instruct her” and “client friendly and persuasive in court”. “When she’s up against a tough opponent, she’s a superstar.”
An experienced practitioner who represents both claimants and defendants in cases concerning libel, privacy, breach of confidence, contempt and freedom of information, as well as human rights law. She has particular expertise in search engine and ISP liability issues. “She has a commanding presence in court.” “She has real, practical experience on a range of cases and she speaks convincingly and compellingly.” Chambers and Partners 2019
“Calm, confident and firm.” The Legal 500 2018
“Exceptionally user-friendly, to solicitors and lay clients alike. A pleasure to work with.” Chambers and Partners 2018
“Has the confidence of the judges and is wonderful at handling difficult opponents with grace and charm.” Chambers and Partners 2017
“She delivers confident and firm advice.” The Legal 500 2017
“Very calm and measured; she instils confidence in clients.” The Legal 500 2016
“She is a very impressive barrister and a pleasure to deal with.” “She is very sharp and always manages to provide the right angle.” Chambers and Partners 2016
“She is responsive and user-friendly, and takes a measured approach.” The Legal 500 2015
“She’s very good at demystifying technical, complicated law, and has great empathy with clients.” Chambers and Partners 2015
“Recommended for pre-publication advice relating to biographies and autobiographies.” The Legal 500 2014
“Has unerringly good judgement and is really prepared to get stuck into the detail of cases.” “She is particularly brilliant at unscrambling complex documentation.” Chambers and Partners 2014
“A great all-rounder” “highly analytical in her approach and thorough in her preparation.” Chambers and Partners 2013
Pirtek v Jackson (2017) – Counsel for the claimant in this libel action featuring an application for summary disposal following default judgment.
Stocker v Stocker (2016) – Junior Counsel for claimant (excluding trial) in libel action brought on Facebook postings.
Cartus v Sidell and anr (2014) – Junior Counsel for claimants, who obtained an interim injunction.
Morrisons Supermarkets PLC v Office of Fair Trading (2008) – Junior Counsel for the defendant in this libel action brought on an OFT press release.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and ors v Hargreaves (2007) – Counsel for the respondent in Norwich Pharmacal proceedings against the owner and administrator of a blog and fan site on which fans posted comments derogatory of the football club’s directors and chairman.
Stickland v Emap Metro Limited (2007) – Counsel for defendants in this jury trial, the first libel action brought against Kerrang! Magazine, over remarks made in an interview by members of the band Bullet for my Valentine.
Downtex v Flatley (2003) – Counsel for defendant at first instance in action for libel brought on cautionary letter circulated to creditors.
McPhilemy v Times Newspapers Ltd (2001-4) – Junior Counsel for defendant led by Andrew Caldecott QC in one of the longest English jury trials, brought on an article criticising a documentary, ‘The Committee’, made for Channel Four. A leading case on treatment of opponent’s uncalled evidence, jury trial and costs where a Part 36 offer has been made.
Toth and anr v Rigo-Toth (2017) – Counsel for the claimants in this action which included a successful application for an interim injunction with exclusion zones.
Raidi v Knollys and anr (2017) – Counsel for defendants in successful defence of harassment action brought by neighbour.
Novak v Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust (2013) – Counsel for defendants in successful defence of action for harassment brought by former nurse employee, subsequently made subject to a CRO.
Breach of confidence/ Privacy/ Data Protection/ Contempt
Westminster Primary Care Trust v Shetreet – Counsel for claimant in without notice injunction application and proceedings for breach of confidence following accidental release of patient information.
Sorrell and Weber v Fullsix and ors (2007) – Junior Counsel for defendants, in this, the first ever English trial over a blog publication.
Hughes v Carratu International PLC (2006) – Counsel for the applicant on a successful Norwich Pharmacal application to obtain disclosure of the identity of the ultimate client/ recipient of information obtained illegally by an inquiry agent.
Citation v MHL (2007) – Counsel for the claimant company in this action for libel and malicious falsehood brought in respect of comparative advertising issued by the defendant company.
Cases and News
‘Mobs, Trolls and Hate: The Law Commission Reports’? Article by Caroline Addy on The Law Commission Scoping Report on Abusive and Offensive Online Communications
'Mobs, Trolls and Hate: The Law Commission Reports'? Article by Caroline Addy on The Law Commission Scoping Report on Abusive and Offensive Online Communications The [...]
Pirtek (UK) Limited v Jackson Case date: 19/09/2018 Court: High Court Area/s of law: Contempt of Court Barrister/s: Caroline Addy Full List of Cases [...]
Pirtek (UK) Limited v Jackson  EWHC 2030 (QB) Case date: 31/07/2018 Court: High Court Area/s of law: Contempt of court Barrister/s: Caroline Addy Full List of Cases [...]
One Brick Court top ranked in the new Legal 500 2017 One Brick Court and its members are once again ranked by the Legal [...]
Stocker v Stocker  EWHC 147 (QB) Case date: 29/01/2016 Court: High Court Area/s of law: Defamation Barrister/s: Manuel Barca QC | Caroline Addy Full List of Cases [...]
Richardson v Facebook & Google UK Limited  EWHC 3154 (QB) Case date: 02/11/2015 Court: High Court Area/s of law: Defamation | Data Protection | Article 8 [...]
Nowak v (1) Nursing & Midwifery Council (2) Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS F. Trust  EWHC 1932 (QB) Case date: 23/07/2013 Court: High Court Area/s [...]
Publications and Seminars
Contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, 4th edition, 2011
Contributor to Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy, 6th edition, 2010
Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws, Defamation, 32nd edition, 2012
Data Breaches: Assessing the Harm, One Brick Court Seminar, Broken Boundaries: New Frontiers in Media and Information Law, June 2017
Single publication rule: Is the change introduced by the 2013 Defamation Act the boost to free speech it was expected to be? Are there ways around it? Defamation and Privacy Law Conference (Central Law Training), 2016
False Information: Harassment, One Brick Court Seminar, False Information: The New Legal Battlegrounds, April 2016
LLB (Hons) (Upper Second Class), European Law, University of Exeter
(including Universitat des Saarlandes 1988-89; Kleine BGB Schein)
Languages: German, French
Elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation for the ward of Farringdon Without (March 2017 – )
Name and contact details of the Data Controller
One Brick Court
London EC4Y 9BY
Tel: 020 7353 9945
Individuals to whom this Privacy Notice applies
1. This notice applies to all those whose personal data I process in the course of my practice as a barrister. It applies to you if (a) you are an individual and I have been instructed to act on your behalf (that is, you are “my client”), (b) you are a person mentioned in my case papers whether because you work for or are otherwise connected with a company, organisation or public body which has instructed me to act on its behalf or because, for example, you are a witness or are referred to in documents with which I have been supplied, (c) you are my instructing solicitor, (d) another lawyer or professional involved in a case in which I am acting, or (e) a member, pupil or employee at One Brick Court. If you are my client, you will have received a copy of this Privacy Notice when I was first instructed on your behalf.
Collection, use and reasons for processing your personal information
2. What information I obtain, and why and how I use that information, varies with the source and type of information:
Personal information where I am acting for you
2.1. If you are my client, I collect and store your personal details, other information that you have provided to me or your solicitor in connection with your case, and information about you contained in documents provided by others involved in the case, such as witnesses and opposing parties. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, receipt of documents sent by your solicitor or other lawyers involved your case, or from you directly.
Personal information of individuals who are not my client
2.2. If you are not my client, you should know that I collect and store the names, employment details and contact details of third parties with whom I deal in the course of my practice, and the personal data of individuals contained in instructions, case papers and communications in cases in which I am instructed. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, upon enquiries being made about my services, through dealings with third parties concerned with my work, from you directly or from enquiries being made by me about you, your work or your services.
2.3. If you are a member of Chambers, a pupil or employee at One Brick Court, I collect, store and use your name, contact details, work done by you (if you are a pupil), and other information about you that may be contained in Chambers internal documents or that you provide to me yourself.
3. The purposes for which I process the above personal data are the provision of legal services, the administration of my practice (including my membership of One Brick Court), legal research, practice development and marketing, training and assessing pupils, training mini-pupils and work experience students, and dealing with any complaints or disputes. The processing of the above personal data is necessary for those legitimate interests. Where I process your personal data for those legitimate interests, I have taken into account your data rights and considered that they do not override my interests in relation to the data I hold and the use I make of those data.
4. I lawfully process some of the above personal data in order to be able to comply with my legal obligations, for example dealings with HMRC.
5. If your personal data reveal your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or your trade union membership, data concerning your health or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation, or data relating to your criminal convictions and offences or related security measures, I will only process those data where you have given your explicit consent, where the processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by you, where the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or where the processing is otherwise permitted by law.
6. I will retain your personal data for so long as is necessary for the purposes identified above. This may vary depending on the context in which I acquired the data and the purpose for which I process those data, and, in the event of any sort of dispute for as long as is necessary to resolve it.
Security of your personal information
7. I take appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of personal information.
Sharing your personal data
8. I may disclose your personal data to third parties where it is reasonably necessary to carry out any of the purposes set out above in this Notice.
9. You may at any time:
9.1 Ask for confirmation that I am processing your personal data and request a copy.
9.2 Request the rectification of your personal data or for your data to be completed if data are incomplete.
9.3 Request that I erase your personal data.
9.4 Request that I restrict the extent of my processing of your personal data.
9.5 Request receipt of the personal data you have provided for transmission to another data controller, or request that I provide those data directly to another data controller.
9.6 Object to my processing of your personal data.
10. I will need to verify your identity before I can comply with any request.
11. I may be entitled or obliged to refuse your request or objection. If I do so, I will give you my reasons.
12. You have a right to complain about my processing of your personal data, including how I have responded to any request you’ve made about how I use your personal data, to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk and/or 0303 123 1113) the Supervisory Authority of any EU Member State.