Areas of work
No area is more at the cutting edge of human rights jurisprudence than media law. Since the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law through the Human Rights Act 1998 members of 5RB have been involved in almost all the major cases involving the media and the impact of articles 6, 8 and 10 on defamation, privacy and confidence and open justice. It is impossible to consider human rights issues without a proper understanding of the principles of English law of defamation and confidence. Barristers from 5RB are uniquely placed, as has been demonstrated in arguing and applying human rights jurisprudence to English law.
Some members of 5RB have experience of litigating human rights before international tribunals as well. As long ago as 1991 Desmond Browne QC appeared on behalf of The Observer and Guardian newspapers before the European Court of Human Rights in the Spycatcher case. Iain Christie was formerly a legal adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in which capacity he acted for the Government in over 40 cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights.