One Brick Court is ranked as a leading chambers in both the Defamation/Privacy and Data Protection categories by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. Almost all members of Chambers are ranked highly in one or both of those practice areas by both directories, and some individuals are also listed as notable practitioners in Media & Entertainment. Recognition of individual members can be found under Barristers.
Chambers and Partners 2019 (Defamation/Privacy):
“One Brick Court possesses a deep bench of barristers active in defamation and privacy disputes. Its members are regularly instructed by media organisations, government departments and public figures, and are highly acclaimed for their knowledge of media and reputation management matters. They recently appeared in the high-profile cases Economou v de Freitas and Flood v Times Newspapers.”
“The clerks are very approachable and will work hard to ensure counsel are available when required.” “The efficiency of the clerks in terms of the speed of returning phone calls and e-mails is faultless. The clerks are a credit to the set.”
Chambers and Partners 2019 (Data Protection):
“One Brick Court fields a finely tuned team of barristers of all levels, who regularly appear in high-profile matters shaping the data protection and information law field. Its client roster comprises, amongst others, high-profile operators in the media and technology sectors, including well-known news publishers and online data handlers. Barristers from One Brick Court have taken a leading role in the long-running Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation, in which claimants alleged that several pre-eminent construction companies had secretly colluded in ‘blacklisting’ certain workers.”
“The clerks are extremely good at what they do when it comes to organising barristers” and “the clerks are always very eager to help. It’s the nicest and easiest chambers to work with.”
One Brick Court has won the Chambers and Partners Bar Award for Defamation/Privacy Set of the Year in 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2006. Individual members have also won Defamation/Privacy Silk or Junior of the Year on several occasions.
The Legal 500 2018
“The ‘modern’ One Brick Court is ‘a premier set for reputation and information law work’, including defamation and data protection matters, and has strength in depth with ‘some of the best heavyweight silks’ and ‘particularly strong, user-friendly juniors’. The clerks are ‘some of the nicest at the Bar’ and ‘utterly dedicated to their barristers’. Senior clerk David Mace is ‘rightly highly regarded for his commercial common sense’ and deputy senior clerk Melvin Warner is ‘a future senior clerk for sure’. Together they are ‘probably the two most experienced clerks in media law and will always fight your client’s corner’. They are ‘hugely professional and have integrity in their handling of instructions’.”
The Legal 500 2018 (Defamation/Privacy):
“One Brick Court boasts ‘a host of highly expert and excellent counsel’ with expertise in the full spectrum of media and information law and ‘solid expertise in the defamation and privacy field’. Members of chambers have been involved in several prominent defamation and privacy claims over the last 12 months. These include Lachaux v AOL (Court of Appeal), which concerned the publication of five articles accusing the claimant of domestic abuse and child abduction, and Prince Moulay Hicham v Elaph Publishing, in which the court held that data protection rights can add to an individual’s privacy rights.”
The Legal 500 2018 (Data Protection):
“Noted as a ‘truly professional set’, One Brick Court offers ‘exceptional service’ and a ‘depth of knowledge’. Known for its media and entertainment sector experience, members are ‘experts’ in data protection issues related to reputational matters, including the high profile matter of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, over allegations of misuse of private information and unlawful processing of personal data.”