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Specialists in media and information law

One Brick Court is a leading set of barristers’ chambers practising in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, confidence, contempt of court, reporting restrictions, freedom of information and data protection.

Winner of Set of the Year for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Bonham-Smith v Google UK Ltd

8th September 2016 – A claim brought on ‘right to be forgotten’ grounds in relation to the Google Search service has today been struck out. This was on the basis that Google UK, which does not own or operate the Search service, was not a proper party to the proceedings. The decision comes in the wake of Warby J’s judgment in Richardson v Google UK Ltd [2015] EWHC 3154 (QB) in which the same conclusion was upheld in relation to proceedings concerning the Google Blogger service. Hannah Ready, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acted for Google UK in Bonham-Smith. David Glen, instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP, acted for Google UK in Richardson.

IPSO launches its Arbitration Scheme

5th August 2016 - IPSO has today announced the launch of its pilot arbitration scheme. The scheme enables members of the public to bring legal complaints against IPSO members who have signed up to the scheme. If successful, complainants may be entitled to remedies and costs. The scheme is a pilot only, and IPSO has said it will review it after 12 months. Details of the scheme and how it will work alongside the established complaints procedure are available on IPSO’s website.

Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service [2016] EWHC 1926 (QB)

28th July 2016 - “Court determines meaning of CPS press release and strikes out claim”. Aidan Eardley, instructed by the Government Legal Department, appeared for the Defendant.

Economou v de Freitas [2016] EWHC 1853 (QB)

27th July 2016 - First "public interest" defence succeeds after landmark trial. Manuel Barca QC and Ian Helme represented the Defendant.

Simpson v MGN Ltd

26th July 2016 - “The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of Warby J striking out the defence of justification in this libel claim brought by Premiership footballer Danny Simpson. In doing so, the Court drew a distinction between the meaning of the words complained of and the intensity of the defamatory sting. The Claimant, represented by Manuel Barca QC and Aidan Eardley, is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court”