Adam Wolanski

Profile

He is a leading junior specialising in defamation and all other areas of media law.  He also advises and acts in commercial disputes.

Adam was the winner of the Chambers and Partners 2011- 2012 ‘Junior of the Year’ award in the category of defamation and privacy and is ranked in the top category of juniors in this field in the 2013 edition.

He has a particular expertise in reporting restrictions and in claims involving privacy and confidence in family proceedings. He has appeared and advised in many of the main cases in this field. He is  co author of The Family Courts: Media Access and Reporting, published in July 2011 by the Family Division of the High Court, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors.

His work in 2012 included:

• Junior counsel for News Group Newspapers in the first case before the Court of Appeal concerning the new costs budgeting regime

• Junior counsel for Mirror Group Newspapers in the libel claim brought by comedian Frankie Boyle

• Acting for News Group Newspapers in a case concerning alleged phone hacking

• Acting for Kroll Associates in an on-going claim for breach of confidence and defamation brought by a Saudi investment company and a Bahraini bank.

• Acting for Times Newspapers in a claim concerning reporting details of hearings of ancillary relief cases

• Junior counsel for Guardian Newspapers in a case before the Court of Appeal concerning access by the media to documents from legal proceedings

• Striking out a libel claim brought against London Borough of Tower Hamlets

 

Career

Called

1995 Called to the bar

Education

University of Cambridge (Robinson College) MA (Hons) History - 1987-1990
Polytechnic of Central London, CPE examination (with merit); Awarded CPE Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn. - 1991-1992
Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course) - 1993-1994

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Defamation
  • General Common Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Reporting the Courts

Testimonials

“Making a very big name for himself at the very highest level, Adam Wolanski’s position at the top of his field is solidified by his “excellent pleadings, unflappable coolness under fire, finely wrought judgement and sheer niceness” – Chambers and Partners Bar Awards ’Junior of the Year’ nomination 2008.

Recommended as a ‘leading junior’ in the 2013 Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories. The 2013 Chambers directory says ”He is an excellent junior who provides first-class advice.” Clarity and concision are the core qualities which clients see shining through in both his written and his oral advice, and as a result he provides “clear, persuasive and calm advocacy which judges respect.” Highly recommended for his expertise in privacy claims, he has also proven himself to be a master of cases involving reporting restrictions. Recent clients have included News Group, the BBC and the Mirror newspaper, and he is regarded by all as a real team player. “User-friendly, he rolls his sleeves up, is incredibly good on his feet and is an absolute pleasure to work with”.

 

Languages

French (reasonable)

Cases

Defamation

Briggs v Jordan

[2013] EWHC 3205 (QB) 24/10/2013

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (Costs) (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 19 28/01/2013

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (costs)

PTH 1106483 16/05/2012

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2011] EWHC 1058 (QB) 20/04/2011

Bowker & Anor v RSPB

[2011] EWHC 737 (QB) 25/03/2011

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 296 (QB) 18/02/2011

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Unreported, 13 January 2011 13/01/2011

Daniels v BBC

[2010] EWHC 3057 (QB) 24/11/2010

Ernst & Young and Ors v Coomber and Ors

[2010] EWHC 2837 (QB) & 2838 (QB) 08/11/2010

Peacock v MGN Ltd

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

W v JH & A County Council Limited

[2008] EWHC 399 (QB); [2009] EMLR 11 05/03/2008

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) 12/02/2008

Malik v Newspost Ltd & Ors

[2007] EWHC 3063 (QB) 19/12/2007

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1433 (Admin) 20/06/2006

Turcu v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 799 (QB) 04/05/2005

Turcu v News Group Newspapers Ltd

21/03/2005 21/03/2005

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others

[2004] EWHC 2554 (QB); The Times, 1 December 2004 11/11/2004

Campbell v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1143; [2002] EMLR 43 31/07/2002

Safeway v Tate

[2000] EWCA Civ 335; [2001] QB 1120; [2001] 2 WLR 1377 18/12/2000

Privacy and Confidence

PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2013] EWHC 3177 (QB) 22/10/2013

Bristol City Council v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam) 21/12/2012

Morgan v A Local Authority (Re X, Y and Z)

[2011] EWHC 1157 (Fam) 11/05/2011

Re Baby RB (Press Injunction)

[2011] EWHC 221 (Fam) 16/02/2011

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) 18/05/2009

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) 12/02/2008

T (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v BBC

[2007] EWHC 1683 (QB) 11/07/2007

Norfolk County Council v Webster & Others

[2006] EWHC 2733 (Fam); [2007] EMLR 199; (2007) HRLR 3 02/11/2006

Hughes v Carratu International plc

[2006] EWHC 1791 (QB) 19/07/2006

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

BBC v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, X and Y

[2005] EWHC 2862 (Fam); [2006] EMLR 117 08/12/2005

A (A Local Authority) v PD & Another

[2005] EWHC 1832 (Fam); [2005] EMLR 840 10/08/2005

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Data Protection

W v JH & A County Council Limited

[2008] EWHC 399 (QB); [2009] EMLR 11 05/03/2008

Hughes v Carratu International plc

[2006] EWHC 1791 (QB) 19/07/2006

Reporting the Courts

PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2013] EWHC 3177 (QB) 22/10/2013

Bristol City Council v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam) 21/12/2012

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States

[2012] EWCA Civ 420 03/04/2012

A Local Authority v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 1764 (Fam) 08/07/2011

Morgan v A Local Authority (Re X, Y and Z)

[2011] EWHC 1157 (Fam) 11/05/2011

Re Baby RB (Press Injunction)

[2011] EWHC 221 (Fam) 16/02/2011

Re MGN Ltd & Ors

[2011] EWCA Crim 100 25/01/2011

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court

[2010] EWHC 3376 (Admin) 21/12/2010

Lykiardopulo v Lykiardopulo

[2010] EWCA Civ 1315 (QB) 19/11/2010

Re Child X (Residence and Contact – Rights of media attendance – FPR Rule 10.28(4))

[2009] EWHC 1728 (Fam) 14/07/2009

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) 18/05/2009

Medway Council v G and Others

[2008] EWHC 1691 (Fam) 18/07/2008

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) 12/02/2008

Norfolk County Council v Webster & Others

[2006] EWHC 2733 (Fam); [2007] EMLR 199; (2007) HRLR 3 02/11/2006

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

Birmingham City Council v H

[2005] EWHC 2885 (Fam) 13/12/2005

BBC v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, X and Y

[2005] EWHC 2862 (Fam); [2006] EMLR 117 08/12/2005

A (A Local Authority) v PD & Another

[2005] EWHC 1832 (Fam); [2005] EMLR 840 10/08/2005

Cox v Jones

[2004] EWHC 1006 (Ch) 06/05/2004

Re B (A Child) (Disclosure)

[2004] EWHC 411 (Fam); [2004] 2 FLR 142; [2004] Lloyds Rep Med 303 05/03/2004

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Administrative Law

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States

[2012] EWCA Civ 420 03/04/2012

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court

[2010] EWHC 3376 (Admin) 21/12/2010

Contempt

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

Re B (A Child) (Disclosure)

[2004] EWHC 411 (Fam); [2004] 2 FLR 142; [2004] Lloyds Rep Med 303 05/03/2004

Freedom of Information

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States

[2012] EWCA Civ 420 03/04/2012

General Common Law

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States

[2012] EWCA Civ 420 03/04/2012

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1433 (Admin) 20/06/2006

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others

[2004] EWHC 2554 (QB); The Times, 1 December 2004 11/11/2004

Harassment

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 1433 (Admin) 20/06/2006

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Health Care Trust & Others

[2004] EWHC 2554 (QB); The Times, 1 December 2004 11/11/2004

Human Rights

Bristol City Council v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam) 21/12/2012

A Local Authority v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 1764 (Fam) 08/07/2011

Re Baby RB (Press Injunction)

[2011] EWHC 221 (Fam) 16/02/2011

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) 18/05/2009

Medway Council v G and Others

[2008] EWHC 1691 (Fam) 18/07/2008

Ivereigh v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2008] EWHC 339 (QB) 12/02/2008

T (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v BBC

[2007] EWHC 1683 (QB) 11/07/2007

Norfolk County Council v Webster & Others

[2006] EWHC 2733 (Fam); [2007] EMLR 199; (2007) HRLR 3 02/11/2006

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

BBC v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, X and Y

[2005] EWHC 2862 (Fam); [2006] EMLR 117 08/12/2005

Re B (A Child) (Disclosure)

[2004] EWHC 411 (Fam); [2004] 2 FLR 142; [2004] Lloyds Rep Med 303 05/03/2004

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Injunctive Relief

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) 18/05/2009

Medway Council v G and Others

[2008] EWHC 1691 (Fam) 18/07/2008

T (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v BBC

[2007] EWHC 1683 (QB) 11/07/2007

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

BBC v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, X and Y

[2005] EWHC 2862 (Fam); [2006] EMLR 117 08/12/2005

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Media Law

Bristol City Council v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam) 21/12/2012

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States

[2012] EWCA Civ 420 03/04/2012

A Local Authority v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 1764 (Fam) 08/07/2011

Morgan v A Local Authority (Re X, Y and Z)

[2011] EWHC 1157 (Fam) 11/05/2011

Bowker & Anor v RSPB

[2011] EWHC 737 (QB) 25/03/2011

Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 296 (QB) 18/02/2011

Re Baby RB (Press Injunction)

[2011] EWHC 221 (Fam) 16/02/2011

Re MGN Ltd & Ors

[2011] EWCA Crim 100 25/01/2011

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Re Child X (Residence and Contact – Rights of media attendance – FPR Rule 10.28(4))

[2009] EWHC 1728 (Fam) 14/07/2009

Re Stedman & Patten (& Others)

[2009] EWHC 935 (Fam) 18/05/2009

Peacock v MGN Ltd

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

Medway Council v G and Others

[2008] EWHC 1691 (Fam) 18/07/2008

W v JH & A County Council Limited

[2008] EWHC 399 (QB); [2009] EMLR 11 05/03/2008

Malik v Newspost Ltd & Ors

[2007] EWHC 3063 (QB) 19/12/2007

T (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v BBC

[2007] EWHC 1683 (QB) 11/07/2007

Norfolk County Council v Webster & Others

[2006] EWHC 2733 (Fam); [2007] EMLR 199; (2007) HRLR 3 02/11/2006

Clayton v Clayton

[2006] EWCA Civ 878; [2006] Fam 83; [2006] 3 WLR 599; [2007] 1 All ER 1197; [2007] EMLR 65; (2007) 1 FLR 11; (2006) HRLR 34; (2007) UKHRR 264; The Times, 4 July 2006; The Independent, 29 June 2006 27/06/2006

BBC v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, X and Y

[2005] EWHC 2862 (Fam); [2006] EMLR 117 08/12/2005

A (A Local Authority) v PD & Another

[2005] EWHC 1832 (Fam); [2005] EMLR 840 10/08/2005

Turcu v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 799 (QB) 04/05/2005

Turcu v News Group Newspapers Ltd

21/03/2005 21/03/2005

Cox v Jones

[2004] EWHC 1006 (Ch) 06/05/2004

Re B (A Child) (Disclosure)

[2004] EWHC 411 (Fam); [2004] 2 FLR 142; [2004] Lloyds Rep Med 303 05/03/2004

Campbell v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1143; [2002] EMLR 43 31/07/2002

Publishing

Campbell v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1143; [2002] EMLR 43 31/07/2002

Publications

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

By Adam Wolanski. 17 Mar 2011

Reporting Ancillary Relief Proceedings: An Update

By Adam Wolanski. 3 Dec 2010

Media Access to the Family Courts: the Latest Proposals

By Adam Wolanski. 10 Dec 2009

Paper given to the President's Conference (Judicial Studies Board)

By Adam Wolanski. 12 May 2009

Towards transparency in the family justice system

By Adam Wolanski. 30 Nov 2006

Children, experts and open justice in the Family Division

By Adam Wolanski. 13 Mar 2006

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Adam Wolanski. 17 Oct 2002

News

22 Oct 2012

Jury awards libel damages to Frankie Boyle

Mirror Group Newspapers found liable in relation to “racist comedian” allegation.

3 Apr 2012

Guardian overturns disclosure ruling

Appeal court judgment breaks new ground in the application of open justice

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

9 Jun 2011

The Sun apologises to ‘Baby P’ social worker

Sylvia Henry wrongly targeted by The Sun

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

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

12 Nov 2010

Sun apologises for body scanner libel

Security man accepts £45,000 compensation

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

22 Jul 2010

Pitt & Jolie win ‘false privacy’ case

News of the World agrees to apologise and pay damages

27 Apr 2010

Doctor accepts substantial libel damages

Newspaper apologises for untrue front page terrorism allegations

17 Nov 2009

Peacock settles libel action

MGN pays damages over Celebs on Sunday article

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

19 May 2009

Alfie’s not the dad: injunction lifted

Family Division lifts ban on DNA test result showing 12-year-old did not father child

27 Oct 2008

Judge lifts adoption injunction

Mail on Sunday wins right to identify adoption father in organ transplant case

26 Sep 2008

5RB wins Chambers and Partners award

Set named ‘2008 Defamation and Privacy Set of the Year’ at Chambers Bar Awards

18 Jul 2008

Media gain access to care case

Latest ruling on family court privacy

20 Mar 2008

Judge: no secrecy for royal blackmail trial

CPS application to hear evidence in secret dismissed

12 Mar 2008

Bid to injunct Channel 4 fails

Interview with Equatorial Guinea coup attempt 'manager' is broadcast

29 Feb 2008

Hung jury in abortion libel trial

Cardinal's spokesman suing over hypocrisy allegations faces a retrial

8 Nov 2007

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

20 Barristers rated and recommended in the new annual survey

20 Sep 2007

5RB tops Legal 500

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

26 Jun 2007

‘Abuse’ couple win fight to keep their baby

Media present at dramatic end to controversial family case

6 Jun 2007

Hollingsworth bid for extra £25k fails

Belated attempt to amend Claim Form is rejected by the High Court

25 May 2007

Hollingsworth jury awards £75,000

... but he only gets £50,000 for Daily Mail punch-up libel

2 Nov 2006

Judge lifts family reporting ban

Media permitted to attend High Court care case for the first time

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

22 Sep 2006

‘Smacking children’ injunction bid fails

Judge rejects last minute application by NSPCC to stop ITV programme

27 Jun 2006

Father wins family report ban case

Court of Appeal rules that children may be identified after family cases end

19 Jun 2006

Dentist loses libel & harassment case

High Court dismisses claim against Newcastle Health Care Trust

12 May 2006

Afghan Hijackers name ban lifted

Judge removes reporting restrictions in Judicial Review proceedings

12 Apr 2006

News Group pays £100k to Rooney

England player settles libel case over nightclub slap claim

28 Feb 2006

Family law media reporting challenge

Court of Appeal hears test case over reporting restrictions in the family courts

9 Dec 2005

Social workers fail in bid for anonymity

No expectation of privacy for experts in family cases

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

4 May 2005

Beckham ‘kidnap’ libel claim fails

News of the World succeeds in justification defence against CFA claimant

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

24 Sep 2004

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

15 barristers named as leaders in their field


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