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Claire OvermanClaire Overman

Email: co@onebrickcourt.com

Call: 2014

SPECIALISATION 

  • Defamation
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Injunctions involving the media
  • Reporting restrictions
  • Harassment
  • Malicious falsehood
  • Contempt of court
  • Human rights law, particularly art.8 and art.10 ECHR
  • Information law
  • Pre-publication advice

Claire joined Chambers in 2016, and is quickly building up a busy practice.  During pupillage, she gained experience in all aspects of media and information law including defamation, harassment and data protection. 

Claire currently provides pre-publication advice to a number of media organisations including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the BBC.  She accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ practice from both claimants and defendants.  She has represented clients in both the County Court and the High Court.

From June to September 2017, Claire was seconded to the legal department of Times Newspapers Ltd.  She provided pre-publication advice on a range of material, and handled complaints on a variety of matters including copyright and IPSO complaints.

Before commencing pupillage, Claire spent a year working in the litigation team of a multinational energy company.  In 2013-14, she was editor and communications manager of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, to which she contributes regularly.  In 2014, she co-edited the Hub’s inaugural published anthology, “Global Perspectives on Human Rights,” and its annual report.

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 

  • BA (Law with Law in Europe) (First Class Honours), Keble College, University of Oxford (2008-2012)
  • Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen, Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) (2010-2011)
  • BCL, Keble College, University of Oxford (2012-2013)
  • BPTC, Kaplan Law School (2013-2014)
  • Residential Scholar, Gray’s Inn (2013-2014)
  • Bacon Scholar, Gray’s Inn (2013-2014)
  • Pupillage, One Brick Court (2015-2016)

 

REPRESENTATIVE CASES OF INTEREST

  • Wallwork and others v McDowall and another (2016) – counsel for the Defendants in a successful application to strike out a defamation action on the grounds of Jameel abuse of process and failure to surmount the serious harm threshold in s.1 Defamation Act 2013.
  • King v Kogan Page Limited (2017) - counsel for the Defendant, successfully striking out a claim brought in the County Court under the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Obileye v Williams and anr (2017) - counsel for the Defendants in an application to strike out a defamation claim.
  • In late 2017, Claire was retained as a pro bono legal advisor to SafeLives, a national domestic violence charity, on a new project involving the publication of experiences of domestic abuse survivors.
  • Claire has provided advice and drafting for both claimants and defendants in a variety of claims covering defamation, data protection, privacy and harassment.

PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS

  • In April 2017, Claire presented a defamation update to the legal department at Channel 4.
  • In May 2017, Claire jointly presented a talk to leading family and divorce solicitors Vardags on media-related issues in high-profile divorces.

OTHER INFORMATION 

  • Fluent French