Areas of work
Reporting the Courts
There is a difficult balance to strike between privacy in the context of court proceedings and the principle of open justice. 5RB barristers have long been known for their expertise in applying for or resisting reporting restrictions.
This work has often been undertaken on behalf of the media in the criminal and family courts, but has also been on behalf of defendants and other individuals seeking to preserve anonymity or privacy when caught up in proceedings, and for local authorities.
5RB barristers can be instructed in relation to either obtaining or resisting all types of reporting restrictions in all courts and tribunals, including:
- In the High Court
- In Family proceedings, including in ancillary relief hearings
- In the Court of Protection
- In the Crown Court
- In the Employment Tribunal
- Before Judicial Inquiries and Tribunals
- Where individuals have been arrested for and/or charged with offences
- On applications for injunctions to remove material on the internet which may be in contempt of court
- On applications for journalists’ source materials
5RB barristers have been involved in the drafting of guidance setting out the current state of the law in relation to reporting Family Proceedings (The Family Courts: Media Access and Reporting).
They have also been involved in reporting restrictions and open justice cases which have been central to the development of the law in this area, including:
- PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWCA Civ 1132
- Cooper-Hohn v Hohn  EWHC 2314 (Fam)
- R v Brooks
- R v City of Westminster Magistrates Court  EWCA Civ 420
- JIH v News Group Newspapers Ltd  EWCA Civ 42
- Ambrosiadou v Coward  EWCA Civ 409