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One Brick Court

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Head of Chambers Sir Edward Garnier QC
Senior Clerk David Mace
Tenants 18

The Chambers
One Brick Court is a leading set with outstanding expertise in all aspects of media, communications and information law. Barristers at One Brick Court work at the cutting edge of new and evolving developments resulting from the rapidly changing legal and technological landscapes in these fields.

Members of One Brick Court:
■ Act for clients ranging from leading newspapers, broadcasters, publishers and global internet and social media companies to individuals, public and governmental bodies, blue-chip and small businesses, and NGOs. In addition, several members are on the prestigious Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel.
■ Appear in all civil courts in the jurisdiction up to the Supreme Court, in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Courts and Family Court on media reporting restriction matters, and in the Information Tribunal on data protection and Freedom of Information Act matters. Some members advise and exercise rights of audience in other jurisdictions, including Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
■ Provide advice across the full ambit of informational, reputational and content-related law and regulation. Related human rights issues are handled, together with judicial review and intellectual property law.

In addition to advice and representation in litigation (including out of hours urgent injunction applications), One Brick Court offers a fast and competitive pre-publication advice service for which members are able to receive instructions directly from publishers and internet intermediaries. One Brick Court also provides reputation management advice and legal training and seminars to law firms and clients.

One Brick Court prides itself on being a modern and friendly set with an approachable and efficient clerking team.

Work Undertaken

Defamation & Reputation Management:
Libel, slander, malicious falsehood, reputation management.

Privacy Law: All matters arising from the tensions between the right to free speech and the right of privacy, including obtaining and resisting applications for injunctions.

Data Protection & Information Law: Advice and representation on all matters arising out of the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Commercial Confidentiality & Falsehoods: Breach of confidence, malicious falsehoods, deceit and others torts concerning commercial information and allegations, including confidentiality in employment contracts.

Online Liability: All aspects of liability for online content, including internet intermediary liability.

Reporting the Courts & Contempt: Urgent advice and representation in the civil, criminal and family courts and tribunal system on reporting restrictions and anonymity orders, as well as issues relating to contempt of court and protection of journalistic sources.

Harassment: Advice and representation in all aspects of this tort which can apply to publications, employment or family disputes, protests and campaigns.

Pre-Publication Advice: Advice available on a competitive basis on all aspects of content liability for the entire spectrum of publishers and broadcasters.

Media Regulation & Human Rights: all aspects of media regulation, judicial review and human rights law concerned with rights of privacy, personal data, reputation and freedom of expression.

Other: Negligent misstatement; passing off; malicious prosecution; obscenity; and media related intellectual property law.


Members write and contribute to leading works on media and information law including Duncan and Neill on Defamation, Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings (Libel, Slander and Malicious Falsehood), Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy, Halsbury’s Laws (Libel and Slander), Atkins Court Forms on Defamation, Contempt, Confidence, Privacy, Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Regulation of Investigatory Powers.


Sir Edward Garnier QC (1976) (QC-1995)

Richard Rampton QC (1965) (QC-1987)

Andrew Caldecott QC (1975) (QC-1994)

Heather Rogers QC (1983) (QC-2006)

Manuel Barca QC (1986) (QC-2011)

Dr Matt Collins QC (1999) (QC-2011) (Aus) *

Harvey Starte (1985)

Timothy Atkinson (1988)

Jane Phillips (1989)

Caroline Addy (1991)

Sarah Palin (1999)

David Glen (2002)

Aidan Eardley (2002)

Ian Helme (2005)

Kate Wilson (2005)

Jonathan Scherbel-Ball (2010)

Hannah Ready (2010)

Clara Hamer (2013)

Claire Overman (2014)

Daniel Bishop (2015)

Ben Gallop (2017)

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