Aled joined 5RB in October 2017. He specialises in privacy, data protection and defamation law, and acts for both claimants and defendants.
Aled has recently advised a number of start-ups, scale-ups and established companies about issues of data protection and intermediary liability.
He is currently working with a number of clients regarding GDPR compliance and has provided advice about subject access requests, data breaches, data-sharing agreements, cross-border data transfers, direct marketing, and the proposed ePrivacy Regulation.
In addition to advisory work in this area, Aled is also involved in a number of pieces of ongoing data protection litigation.
Aled regularly appears in the High Court and county courts in defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. He has worked, led and un-led, on a number of defamation claims, both for, and against, a number of newspapers and online publishers.
Aled regularly provides pre-publication advice to The Sun and The Sun on Sunday. Alongside his practice, Aled is currently working with Bindmans LLP’s media law team as a consultant.
Aled is particularly interested in the regulation of social media companies, having provided advice to a number of MPs on the topic. He has also provided guidance to companies and other bodies about data sharing post-Brexit and potential reform of the E-Commerce Directive.
Aled began as a tenant at 5RB after successful completion of pupillage at Chambers. During pupillage, Aled worked in all of 5RB’s areas of practice, including defamation, privacy, data protection, reporting restrictions and copyright law. Cases with which Aled assisted included:
- Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd: a week-long trial of libel and harassment claims which led to a damages award of £185,000 and the first ever publication order under s.12 of the Defamation Act 2013.
- AJS v News Group Newspapers: a privacy injunction relating to a potential witness in a serious criminal investigation.
- Various Claimants v Mirror Group Newspapers: four misuse of private information claims made by four victims of phone hacking.
- Norman v Norman: an application in the Court of Appeal against a reporting restriction made in financial remedies proceedings.
Aled was called to the bar in 2016, after graduating from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford, he competed at the 8th Annual Price International Media Law Moot.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Aled worked in technology and politics.
Aled advises on all of Chambers’ areas of practice, and offers pre-publication advice to all media and communications companies.
2016 Called to the bar
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, London - 2015 - 2016 B.A. Law, Corpus Christi College, Oxford - 2012 - 2015
Edmund-Davies Scholarship (Gray's Inn)
Areas of work
- Privacy and Confidence
- Data Protection
- Public Law
- Injunctive Relief
- Freedom of Information
- Reporting the Courts
6 Oct 2017
Aled Jones joins 5RB; Justin Rushbrooke QC becomes new Joint Head of Chambers following appointment of Mr Justice Nicklin to the High Court