Adam Speker

Profile

Adam specialises in defamation, privacy, media law, harassment and data protection. Many of his cases involve the Human Rights Act and the interplay between articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention. In addition to advising and acting for or against almost all of the major media organisations, he is regularly instructed to act for or against public authorities. He has also built up an overseas practice being instructed in claims in Holland, Dominica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Malaysia.

In the 2017 Chambers & Partners Adam is again in the top rank (band 1) for defamation and privacy work. He is said to be “always exceptionally well prepared and thinking well ahead of the game.” “He is creative, has a good eye for detail and is very intelligent.

Adam is regularly instructed to appear led and unled at trial, on appeals, on applications for injunctions and at other interim hearings.

In 2015 he has appeared in the Supreme Court in OPO led by Matthew Nicklin QC and in the Privy Council unled in Pinard-Byrne v Linton where he persuaded the Board to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeal in Dominica. In 2016 he appeared in the Supreme Court for PJS in PJS v News Group Newspapers led by Desmond Browne QC.

In 2014 he appeared unled in the Court of Appeal twice, in both cases successfully (Crawford v Jenkins and Thompson v James). In the High Court in Thompson v James he acted unled for Carmarthenshire County Council and its chief executive Mark James in a 6 day libel trial against a blogger. The Council and Mr James successfully defended the claim and Mr James won his counter-claim and was awarded £25,000 damages (decision upheld on appeal).

Other significant instructions include Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council where he was in Court for over 79 days and was jointly short-listed for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year; Miller v ANL (2005); Miller v ANL (2012) (and on appeal); the Leveson Inquiry where he was junior Counsel for the Telegraph Media Group; and the News International Voicemail Interception Scheme where he acted for over 70 applicants between 2012 and 2014 and appeared, led, at one of only two adjudications to take place under the Scheme.

He is regularly advises on reputation management matters more generally. In 2014-5 he has advised a number of individuals and companies who have been informed that they are to be the subject of critical documentaries on how to respond and address allegations.

Significant recent and ongoing instructions include:

  • acting for PJS against News Group Newspapers in the Supreme Court and on the discharge application in the Court of Appeal;
  • acting for a Greek newspaper and its editors in Mionis v Democratic Press, appeal heard in October 2016;
  • advising in a number of ongoing libel actions and committal proceedings in The Bahamas;
  • acting for a London-based Polish newspaper and its editors in a libel and misuse of private information claim;
  • acting for a local authority and its chief executive in a libel and Data Protection Act claim;
  • advising local authorities on the publication of reports including a child safeguarding report;
  • acting for Cheshire West & Chester Council in a successful claim for a permanent injunction to stop the harassment of employees and councillors, and at two committal hearings following breaches of the injunction;
  • acting for a claimant in proceedings for libel, malicious falsehood and data protection against The Times where a determination on meaning took place in February 2016.

Career

Called

1999 Called to the bar

Education

Bristol University (BA History (Hons): First Class) - 1994-1997
Common Professional Examination at College of Law, London - 1997-1998
Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Finals: Very competent) - 1998-1999

Qualifications

2014-15 Chambers and Partners Defamation and Privacy Junior of the Year - 2014

Areas of work

  • Defamation
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Harassment
  • Human Rights
  • Data Protection
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Public Access
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Sports Law

Testimonials

a “cool, calm favourite” 

a “brilliant strategist”

very good on the law and well able to take on senior silks.

[Legal 500]

He is straight-talking, accessible and a safe pair of hands.” “He’s incredibly user-friendly, hard-working and a delight to work with. He has a forensic knowledge of the facts.” “He is phenomenally bright and really at the top of his game.

[Chambers and Partners 2016]

Recommended in the leading directories as a specialist defamation and privacy junior.

In Legal 500 he is said to be ‘a star of the junior Bar with an excellent understanding of the practicalities of media law’. In the 2010/11 edition of Legal 500 he was described as a “brilliant strategist” and in 2006 as a “cool, calm favourite“. In 2005 he was described as “a careful thinker on legal issues’ who is praised for his ‘excellent attention to detail.”

In the 2010 edition of Chambers and Partners he was described as “wise beyond his years, and will undoubtedly go a long way.” It went on, “He is noted for really going the extra mile and for being “good at turning round complicated matters and giving clear, practical advice.” In 2009 he was said to show ‘incredibly mature insight, well beyond his years of call‘. In previous editions he has been described as “a future star“, “an incredibly decent guy“, “extraordinarily bright and academically minded“; “conscientious, committed and proactive” and several years ago (!!) as “young but has exactly what it takes“.

Jointly short-listed (with Adrienne Page QC and Richard Osborne, then of SJ Cornish) for Liberty/Justice Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2003 for his role as junior Counsel to the Claimants in the 79 day trial Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council [2002] EWHC 1600 where Eady J said, “Had it not been for the introduction of [conditional] fee arrangements a few years ago, and the courage and dogged determination of their various legal advisers…. a significant injustice would.. have gone unnoticed”

1998: Harmsworth Scholar of the Middle Temple

1998: Winner of The Times and 1 Essex Court law awards on ‘Press and Privacy’ published in The Times on 17/3/98

1997: Benefactors’ Scholar of Middle Temple

Memberships

British Association for Sport and Law
Justice
Editorial consultant for Middle Templar Magazine

Featured Cases

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1600 (QB) 30/07/2002

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2014] EWCA Civ 39 24/01/2014

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Crawford v Jenkins

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 24/07/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Cases

Defamation

Flymenow Limited v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH

[2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) 16/12/2016

Mohamed Ali Harrath v (1) Stand for Peace Ltd (2) Samuel Westrop

[2016] EWHC 665 06/04/2016

Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 250 (QB) 12/02/2016

Abdel-Bari v Nottingham University NHS Trust

[2016] EWHC 154 (QB) 29/01/2016

Pinard-Byrne v Linton

[2015] UKPC 41 12/10/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Crawford v Jenkins

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 24/07/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2014] EWCA Civ 39 24/01/2014

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3721 (QB) 21/12/2012

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

Foley & Others v Lord Ashcroft

[2012] EWCA Civ 423; [2012] EMLR 25 04/04/2012

Dominic Raab MP v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3375 (QB) 15/12/2011

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 2677 (QB) 11/11/2011

Modi & IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWCA Civ 937 29/07/2011

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Ashcroft v Foley (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2011] EMLR 30 01/07/2011

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

Ashcroft v Foley

[2011] EWHC 292 (QB) 17/02/2011

Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Limited

[2010] EWHC 2719 (QB) 27/10/2010

Peacock v MGN Ltd (Costs)

[2010] EWHC 90174 (Costs) 30/07/2010

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 3)

[2010] EWHC 967 (QB) 04/05/2010

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2010] EWHC 700 31/03/2010

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 527 (QB) 19/02/2010

Ronaldo v Mirror Group Newsapers Ltd; Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2862 (QB) 14/10/2009

Bloom v Robinson-Millar

07/10/2009 07/10/2009

Marathon Mutual Ltd & Anor v Waters & Anor

[2009] EWHC 1931 (QB), [2009] All ER (D) 06 (Aug) 31/07/2009

Peacock v MGN Ltd

[2009] EWHC 769 (QB) 08/04/2009

Wakefield v Ford & Anor

[2009] EWHC 122 (QB) 29/01/2009

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Unreported, 9 December 2008 09/12/2008

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd

19/11/2008 19/11/2008

Apsion v The Bar Standards Board

D2006/098&099 10/10/2008

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3) (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 972; [2008] 1 AllER 750 11/10/2007

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1756 (QB); [2007] 1 All ER 622 13/07/2006

Tufano v Vincenti

[2006] EWHC 1496 (QB) 23/06/2006

Loughton Contracts Plc v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1224 (QB) 25/05/2006

Mahfouz and another v Brisard & another

[2006] EWHC 1191 (QB) 25/05/2006

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Ascension Securities Limited v The Motley Fool Limited

[2005] EWHC 3064 (Ch) 06/12/2005

Mahfouz and another v Brisard and another

[2005] All ER (D) 174 (Sep) 30/09/2005

Georgallides v Etzin

12/07/2005 12/07/2005

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others

17/06/2005 17/06/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.4)

[2005] EWHC 773 (QB) 22/04/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

[2005] EWHC 557 (QB) 08/04/2005

Matadeen v Associated Newspapers Ltd

17/03/2005 17/03/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 21 (QB) 18/01/2005

Blake v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2003] EWHC 1960 (QB) 31/07/2003

Stallwood & Stallwood v Smith

01/07/2003 01/07/2003

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1600 (QB) 30/07/2002

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & others

[2002] EWHC 252 (QB) 07/02/2002

Privacy and Confidence

Bains, Kazan-Allen & VNP v Moore, K2 Intelligence Ltd & Bigazzi

[2017] EWHC 242 (QB) 14/02/2017

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (SC)

[2016] UKSC 26 20/05/2016

PJS v News Group Newspapers (2)

[2016] EWCA Civ 393 18/04/2016

Mahmood v BBC

[2014] EWCA Civ 1567 11/11/2014

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

RJA v AJR

22/03/2011

Sports Law

Modi & IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWCA Civ 937 29/07/2011

Data Protection

Bains, Kazan-Allen & VNP v Moore, K2 Intelligence Ltd & Bigazzi

[2017] EWHC 242 (QB) 14/02/2017

Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 250 (QB) 12/02/2016

Abdel-Bari v Nottingham University NHS Trust

[2016] EWHC 154 (QB) 29/01/2016

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Unreported, 9 December 2008 09/12/2008

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Reporting the Courts

Rhodes (previously “MLA”) v OPO

[2015] UKSC 32 20/05/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

Foreign Jurisdictions

Pinard-Byrne v Linton

[2015] UKPC 41 12/10/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Mahfouz and another v Brisard & another

[2006] EWHC 1191 (QB) 25/05/2006

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Mahfouz and another v Brisard and another

[2005] All ER (D) 174 (Sep) 30/09/2005

General Common Law

Bains, Kazan-Allen & VNP v Moore, K2 Intelligence Ltd & Bigazzi

[2017] EWHC 242 (QB) 14/02/2017

Monarch Airlines Ltd v Yaqub

unreported 15/03/2016

Abdel-Bari v Nottingham University NHS Trust

[2016] EWHC 154 (QB) 29/01/2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Rhodes (previously “MLA”) v OPO

[2015] UKSC 32 20/05/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Crawford v Jenkins

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 24/07/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 3)

[2010] EWHC 967 (QB) 04/05/2010

Wakefield v Ford & Anor

[2009] EWHC 122 (QB) 29/01/2009

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Unreported, 9 December 2008 09/12/2008

Ascension Securities Limited v The Motley Fool Limited

[2005] EWHC 3064 (Ch) 06/12/2005

Georgallides v Etzin

12/07/2005 12/07/2005

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Harassment

Monarch Airlines Ltd v Yaqub

unreported 15/03/2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Crawford v Jenkins

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 24/07/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

RJA v AJR

22/03/2011

Bloom v Robinson-Millar

07/10/2009 07/10/2009

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Georgallides v Etzin

12/07/2005 12/07/2005

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Human Rights

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (SC)

[2016] UKSC 26 20/05/2016

Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 250 (QB) 12/02/2016

Pinard-Byrne v Linton

[2015] UKPC 41 12/10/2015

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Rhodes (previously “MLA”) v OPO

[2015] UKSC 32 20/05/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Mahmood v BBC

[2014] EWCA Civ 1567 11/11/2014

Crawford v Jenkins

[2014] EWCA Civ 1035 24/07/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 2677 (QB) 11/11/2011

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

RJA v AJR

22/03/2011

Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Limited

[2010] EWHC 2719 (QB) 27/10/2010

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Unreported, 9 December 2008 09/12/2008

Apsion v The Bar Standards Board

D2006/098&099 10/10/2008

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3) (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 972; [2008] 1 AllER 750 11/10/2007

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1756 (QB); [2007] 1 All ER 622 13/07/2006

Georgallides v Etzin

12/07/2005 12/07/2005

Blake v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2003] EWHC 1960 (QB) 31/07/2003

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1600 (QB) 30/07/2002

Lillie & Reed v Newcastle City Council & others

[2002] EWHC 252 (QB) 07/02/2002

Injunctive Relief

Bains, Kazan-Allen & VNP v Moore, K2 Intelligence Ltd & Bigazzi

[2017] EWHC 242 (QB) 14/02/2017

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (SC)

[2016] UKSC 26 20/05/2016

PJS v News Group Newspapers (2)

[2016] EWCA Civ 393 18/04/2016

Monarch Airlines Ltd v Yaqub

unreported 15/03/2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Rhodes (previously “MLA”) v OPO

[2015] UKSC 32 20/05/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Mahmood v BBC

[2014] EWCA Civ 1567 11/11/2014

Bloom v Robinson-Millar

07/10/2009 07/10/2009

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Ascension Securities Limited v The Motley Fool Limited

[2005] EWHC 3064 (Ch) 06/12/2005

Georgallides v Etzin

12/07/2005 12/07/2005

Malicious Falsehood

Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 250 (QB) 12/02/2016

Abdel-Bari v Nottingham University NHS Trust

[2016] EWHC 154 (QB) 29/01/2016

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Marathon Mutual Ltd & Anor v Waters & Anor

[2009] EWHC 1931 (QB), [2009] All ER (D) 06 (Aug) 31/07/2009

Media Law

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (SC)

[2016] UKSC 26 20/05/2016

Mohamed Ali Harrath v (1) Stand for Peace Ltd (2) Samuel Westrop

[2016] EWHC 665 06/04/2016

Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 250 (QB) 12/02/2016

Pinard-Byrne v Linton

[2015] UKPC 41 12/10/2015

Cheshire West and Chester Council v Pickthall

[2015] EWHC 2141 (QB) 23/07/2015

Rhodes (previously “MLA”) v OPO

[2015] UKSC 32 20/05/2015

Mionis v Democratic Press SA

[2014] EWHC 4104 (QB) 04/12/2014

Mahmood v BBC

[2014] EWCA Civ 1567 11/11/2014

Thompson v James

[2014] EWCA Civ 600 14/05/2014

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3721 (QB) 21/12/2012

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

Foley & Others v Lord Ashcroft

[2012] EWCA Civ 423; [2012] EMLR 25 04/04/2012

Dominic Raab MP v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3375 (QB) 15/12/2011

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 2677 (QB) 11/11/2011

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Ashcroft v Foley (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2011] EMLR 30 01/07/2011

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

Ashcroft v Foley

[2011] EWHC 292 (QB) 17/02/2011

Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Limited

[2010] EWHC 2719 (QB) 27/10/2010

Peacock v MGN Ltd (Costs)

[2010] EWHC 90174 (Costs) 30/07/2010

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Limited (No 3)

[2010] EWHC 967 (QB) 04/05/2010

Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2010] EWHC 700 31/03/2010

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 527 (QB) 19/02/2010

Ronaldo v Mirror Group Newsapers Ltd; Ronaldo v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2862 (QB) 14/10/2009

Peacock v MGN Ltd

[2009] EWHC 769 (QB) 08/04/2009

Wakefield v Ford & Anor

[2009] EWHC 122 (QB) 29/01/2009

Tycon Energy Corp v The Motley Fool Limited

Unreported, 9 December 2008 09/12/2008

Mireskandari v Associated Newspapers Ltd

19/11/2008 19/11/2008

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3) (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 972; [2008] 1 AllER 750 11/10/2007

Sunderland Housing Company & another v Baines & others

[2006] EWHC 2359 (QB) 26/07/2006

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1756 (QB); [2007] 1 All ER 622 13/07/2006

Loughton Contracts Plc v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1224 (QB) 25/05/2006

Mahfouz and another v Brisard & another

[2006] EWHC 1191 (QB) 25/05/2006

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Ascension Securities Limited v The Motley Fool Limited

[2005] EWHC 3064 (Ch) 06/12/2005

Mahfouz and another v Brisard and another

[2005] All ER (D) 174 (Sep) 30/09/2005

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others

17/06/2005 17/06/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.4)

[2005] EWHC 773 (QB) 22/04/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

[2005] EWHC 557 (QB) 08/04/2005

Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 21 (QB) 18/01/2005

Blake v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2003] EWHC 1960 (QB) 31/07/2003

Passing off

RJA v AJR

22/03/2011

Professional Discipline

Apsion v The Bar Standards Board

D2006/098&099 10/10/2008

Ascension Securities Limited v The Motley Fool Limited

[2005] EWHC 3064 (Ch) 06/12/2005

Public Law

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Publishing

Ashcroft v Foley (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2011] EMLR 30 01/07/2011

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1756 (QB); [2007] 1 All ER 622 13/07/2006

Charman v Orion Publishing Group & others

17/06/2005 17/06/2005

Articles

Protecting Public Officials and Corporates - Q&A

By Adam Speker. 7 Jul 2016

How much is too much? Privacy damages and phone-hacking

By Adam Speker. 29 Oct 2015

A Libel Revolution?

By Adam Speker. 14 Oct 2014

News-Gathering and the Protection from Harassment Act

By Adam Speker. 10 Apr 2014

Reynolds privilege and Jameel v Wall Street Journal

By Adam Speker. 24 Apr 2007

Publications

The Law of Privacy and the Media 3rd Edition

OUP

By Adam Speker. 22 Jan 2016

Clerk & Lindsell on Torts, 21st edition

Sweet & Maxwell

By Adam Speker. 4 Nov 2014

Gatley on Libel & Slander, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th editions

Sweet & Maxwell

By Adam Speker. 31 Dec 2013

Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media, Second Edition

Oxford University Press

By Adam Speker. 17 Mar 2011

The Law of Privacy and the Media

Oxford University Press

By Adam Speker. 17 Oct 2002

News

14 Feb 2017

Council apologises for false abuse letter

Letter led to removal of Claimant's child

19 Dec 2016

FlyMeNow awarded ‘minimal’ damages

Defences of qualified privilege and justification fail but damages reduced to £10

21 Jul 2016

Cheshire West Contemnor Jailed

Judge activates suspended sentence

19 May 2016

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2016

£2,157.19 raised for LLSU, FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit

19 May 2016

Supreme Court upholds PJS injunction

Appeal allowed, injunction continued until trial

11 Apr 2016

5RB at the Big Voice London Moots

Adam Speker and Felicity McMahon act as judges

22 Jan 2016

New edition of The Law of Privacy and the Media published

Read an extract on Privacy, the Internet and Social Media

17 Jan 2016

New Supplement to Gatley published

The First Supplement to the 12th edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander has been published by Sweet & Maxwell

18 Dec 2015

Cheshire West defendant guilty of contempt

Judge orders 3 months imprisonment suspended for a year

19 Nov 2015

Summary Judgment in Cheshire West case

Holroyde J dismisses disclosure application and grants summary judgment

12 Oct 2015

Privy Council allows Reynolds appeal

Failure to investigate defamatory imputations fatal

20 May 2015

Supreme Court lifts OPO injunction

"Searing account" of musician's life can now be published

22 Apr 2015

Privy Council hears libel appeal

Board considers Reynolds defence

16 Jan 2015

OPO v MLA to begin in Supreme Court

Two day hearing begins Monday 19th January

9 Dec 2014

CQC apologises to Jill Finney

Pays damages and costs to settle libel action

19 Nov 2014

Adam Speker at #AvoidtheScandal

Kingsley Napley's: Everyone loves a scandal... But what if it's about you?

6 Nov 2014

Miller and Crawford: permission refused

Permission to Appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court in both cases

6 Nov 2014

21st Edition of Clerk & Lindsell on Torts out now

New edition includes Defamation chapter edited by Adam Speker and Felicity McMahon

31 Oct 2014

5RB tops Chambers & Partners 2015

Set and 19 barristers recommended in UK Bar Guide

3 Oct 2014

Chambers Bar Awards 2014

Adam Speker: Defamation & Privacy Junior of the Year

3 Oct 2014

Slander Action Settles

Former Parish Councillor apologises

24 Jul 2014

Witness Immunity Rule Extends to Harassment

CA rules that complaints to the police are immune from suit

20 May 2014

5RB at the London Legal Walk

Chambers team raised £2341.25

7 Jan 2014

New edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander out now

12th Ed published in December 2013

10 Oct 2013

New Criminal Practice Directions

Updated procedures on access to information held by the court

15 Mar 2013

Blogger loses libel claim against Council

Chief Executive awarded £25,000 damages for counter-claim

26 Feb 2013

PCC: no need for prominence in libel reports

Regulator rejects Ashcroft complaint

26 Nov 2012

Ashcroft cleared of corruption links

Indy's former publisher apologises in court

8 Oct 2012

Mail on Sunday report privilege fails

Judge rules court report articles 'not for the public benefit' and malicious

21 May 2012

Leveson Inquiry

Availability of 5RB counsel

18 Mar 2012

Mail on Sunday apologises to MP

Allegations of sexist bullying withdrawn

20 Jan 2012

Leveson challenge dismissed

Administrative Court upholds anonymous evidence decision

10 Nov 2011

Leveson Inquiry Starts

Inquiry into press ethics: opening submissions

28 Oct 2011

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Adam Wolanski wins Defamation and Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year

27 Sep 2011

‘Truly experts’

The Legal 500 review 2012

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

Second edition of Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media published

1 Mar 2011

Sikh leader’s appeal dismissed

Libel claimant failed to lodge £250,000 security

1 Feb 2011

Sikh sect leader ordered to pay £250,000 security

Journalist obtains order ahead of appeal

30 Nov 2010

New Supplement to Gatley published

The First Supplement to the 11th edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander has been published by Sweet & Maxwell

12 Nov 2010

Sun apologises for body scanner libel

Security man accepts £45,000 compensation

8 Nov 2010

Ronaldo wins libel damages

Footballer also receives apology and costs in full for Telegraph story

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

27 Apr 2010

Doctor accepts substantial libel damages

Newspaper apologises for untrue front page terrorism allegations

12 Jan 2010

Peaches accepts libel damages

Daily Star apologises to Peaches Geldof for 'prostitute' claim

17 Nov 2009

Peacock settles libel action

MGN pays damages over Celebs on Sunday article

9 Nov 2009

Ronaldo accepts libel damages

Mirror Group admits footballer was not 'on the lash' in LA and settles claim

7 Oct 2009

Accountant wins £30,000 damages for libel and harassment

Neighbour's conduct was obsessive and irrational

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

What the legal directory had to say about 5RB's junior barristers

30 Jul 2009

Jacob Zuma wins libel damages

Guardian makes unqualified offer of amends to President of South Africa

15 May 2009

Injunction application hit for six

Judge allows cricket to continue on village green

24 Nov 2008

Accountant wins ‘IVA Council’ claim

Insolvency practitioner obtains apology and damages over mis-selling allegations

21 Nov 2008

New edition of Gatley out soon

11th edition of leading practitioner's text on libel and slander on sale in December

20 Jun 2008

Ronaldo wins ‘text message’ damages

Manchester United star accepts apology and libel damages over Sun story

4 Apr 2008

Largest damages yet for internet libel

Social housing firm and CEO receive total of £119,000

19 Mar 2008

Adelson accepts apology, damages

Associated Newspapers apologises to US entrepreneur and settles libel claim

13 Feb 2008

Danish newspaper apologises to bank

Anglo-Icelandic bank accepts libel damages for internet publications

22 Jan 2008

New York to fight ‘libel tourism’

Proposed legislation to prevent enforcement of foreign libel judgments

27 Nov 2007

Gatley Supplement now on sale

Leading defamation practitioners' text now fully updated

8 Nov 2007

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

20 Barristers rated and recommended in the new annual survey

11 Oct 2007

Author succeeds on Reynolds Appeal

Court of Appeal vindicates journalist and dismisses libel claim brought by former Flying Squad officer

20 Sep 2007

5RB tops Legal 500

20 Barristers rated and recommended in Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Sport and Media & Entertainment Law

28 Jun 2007

Damages for trio cleared of murder

Chief Constable accepts innocence in malicious prosecution settlement

24 Oct 2006

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Nineteen barristers recommended in Annual Survey

27 Sep 2006

5RB tops Legal 500 survey

Twenty barristers recommended across core practice areas

24 Nov 2005

New media law titles available

New edition of Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt; new Supplements to Gatley and The Law of Privacy & The Media

24 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

20 barristers recommended for Media, Entertainment, Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property & Sports Law

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

15 Sep 2005

London hosts MLRC Conference

5RB's Desmond Browne QC to participate in worldwide media law event

22 Apr 2005

Indemnity costs in police libel case

Claimant faces enormous costs bill following failure to accept payment in

8 Apr 2005

Court dismisses police claim for libel

Police failures led to the wrongful arrest of the Hamiltons

17 Mar 2005

First defamation costs capping order

Queen's Bench Master grants cost-capping Order against CFA funded Claimant

24 Feb 2005

Hamilton ‘rape’ claims in new trial

Libel trial over police investigation of false allegations

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

21 Oct 2004

Global acclaim for Gatley

10th edition is 'the definitive work'

13 Jul 2004

Law Commission Report on Local Authority Inquiries

Lillie & Reed case prompts defamation law reform proposals



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