Alexandra Marzec

Profile

Alex is a highly regarded defamation, privacy and confidence specialist. Commended in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, Alex continues to act for both defendants and claimants alike.

Recent cases (2010 to date) include: Desmond v Bower, acted for Defendant (author) when sued by Desmond over Bower’s bio of Conrad Black; Materazzi v NGN Ltd – acted for defendant newspaper when sued over allegation of racist abuse by C against Zinedine Zidane; Ashley Cole v NGN Ltd and MGN Ltd – acted for defendant newspapers in privacy action brought by Cole over articles in Sun and Mirror about infidelity; Bowman v MGN Ltd [2010] EWCH 895 – acted for defendant in assessment of damages hearing pursuant to Offer of Amends procedure; Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2012] All ER 717 – acted for defendant in privacy and harassment claim brought by partner of former cabinet minister Chris Huhne; AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2013] EMLR 2 – acted for defendant in privacy case brought a child of famous father seeking to restrain publication of identity of father (this case is going to the Court of Appeal in April 2013).  Since 2009 to date, Alex has acted for Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator involved in phone hacking scandal, in his defence of numerous civil claims, including taking his case seeking to protect his privilege against self-incrimination to Supreme Court (Phillips v Mulcaire [2013] 1 AC 1.

In 2012 to 2013, Alex has been involved in advising and and formulating draft arbitration service rules for the resolution of press disputes following the Leveson report.

Career

Called

1990 Called to the bar

Education

Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith - 1977-1984
University of Warwick: LL.B. First Class Honours - 1984-1987
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley - 1987-1988

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Defamation
  • Human Rights
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Public Access

Testimonials

2012 Chambers & Partners:

“…scores incredibly highly for her client care… ‘radiates authority and calm judgment’ and is, unsurprisingly a top pick for defamation or privacy work. ‘Practical and someone who has a tremendous manner with clients, she really is the complete package’”

Legal 500 2012

“…extremely knowledgeable … has very good judgment”.

Languages

Conversational Polish.

Cases

Defamation

Bowman v MGN Ltd

[2010] EWHC 895 (QB) 26/04/2010

Crossley & Crossley v Newsquest (Midlands South) Limited

[2008] EWHC 3054 (QB) 11/12/2008

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 432; The Times, 6 May 2008 30/04/2008

Jeynes v News Magazines Limited & Anor

[2008] EWCA Civ 130 31/01/2008

McBride v Body Shop International plc

[2007] EWHC 1658 (QB) 10/07/2007

Turkot & Global GOLD Holding v Oxus Gold & Trew

[2006] EWHC 3361 (QB) 15/12/2006

Veliu v Mazrekaj

[2006] EWHC 1710 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 495 11/07/2006

Crossland v Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd

[2005] EWHC 481 (QB) 23/03/2005

Bataille v Newland & Ors

[2002] EWHC 1692 (QB) 31/07/2002

Aitken v Preston and Others

[1997] EMLR 415 15/05/1997

Privacy and Confidence

AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 554 20/05/2013

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Goldsmith & Anor v BCD; Khan v BCD

[2011] EWHC 674 (QB) 22/03/2011

P & Others v Quigley

[2008] EWHC 1051 (QB) 16/05/2008

Sports Law

R (Mullins) v Appeal Board of the Jockey Club

[2005] EWHC 2197 (Admin); [2006] ISLR, SLR-30; (2006) ACD 2; The Times, 24 October 2005 17/10/2005

Intellectual Property

Phillips v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Glenn Mulcaire; Coogan v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Glenn Mulcaire

[2012] EWCA Civ 48 01/02/2012

Administrative Law

R (Mullins) v Appeal Board of the Jockey Club

[2005] EWHC 2197 (Admin); [2006] ISLR, SLR-30; (2006) ACD 2; The Times, 24 October 2005 17/10/2005

Copyright

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Foreign Jurisdictions

Turkot & Global GOLD Holding v Oxus Gold & Trew

[2006] EWHC 3361 (QB) 15/12/2006

General Common Law

Phillips v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Glenn Mulcaire; Coogan v (1) News Group Newspapers Ltd (2) Glenn Mulcaire

[2012] EWCA Civ 48 01/02/2012

Harassment

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Crossland v Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd

[2005] EWHC 481 (QB) 23/03/2005

Human Rights

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

R (Mullins) v Appeal Board of the Jockey Club

[2005] EWHC 2197 (Admin); [2006] ISLR, SLR-30; (2006) ACD 2; The Times, 24 October 2005 17/10/2005

Injunctive Relief

Goldsmith & Anor v BCD; Khan v BCD

[2011] EWHC 674 (QB) 22/03/2011

P & Others v Quigley

[2008] EWHC 1051 (QB) 16/05/2008

Malicious Falsehood

Crossland v Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd

[2005] EWHC 481 (QB) 23/03/2005

Media Law

Goldsmith & Anor v BCD; Khan v BCD

[2011] EWHC 674 (QB) 22/03/2011

Bowman v MGN Ltd

[2010] EWHC 895 (QB) 26/04/2010

Crossley & Crossley v Newsquest (Midlands South) Limited

[2008] EWHC 3054 (QB) 11/12/2008

P & Others v Quigley

[2008] EWHC 1051 (QB) 16/05/2008

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 432; The Times, 6 May 2008 30/04/2008

Jeynes v News Magazines Limited & Anor

[2008] EWCA Civ 130 31/01/2008

McBride v Body Shop International plc

[2007] EWHC 1658 (QB) 10/07/2007

Turkot & Global GOLD Holding v Oxus Gold & Trew

[2006] EWHC 3361 (QB) 15/12/2006

Aitken v Preston and Others

[1997] EMLR 415 15/05/1997

Professional Discipline

R (Mullins) v Appeal Board of the Jockey Club

[2005] EWHC 2197 (Admin); [2006] ISLR, SLR-30; (2006) ACD 2; The Times, 24 October 2005 17/10/2005

Public Law

R (Mullins) v Appeal Board of the Jockey Club

[2005] EWHC 2197 (Admin); [2006] ISLR, SLR-30; (2006) ACD 2; The Times, 24 October 2005 17/10/2005

Publications

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Alexandra Marzec. 17 Oct 2002

News

22 Dec 2011

Mulcaire wins NGN indemnity claim

The private investigator at the heart of the phone hacking scandal wins High Court action to enforce costs agreement

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

20 May 2011

Phone hacking test cases chosen

Five lead and five reserve lead cases to go forward

15 Apr 2011

Phone hacking ‘test’ cases to be tried

Vos J orders parties to identify 4 or 5 cases to go forward to determine common issues in News of the World claims

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

26 Apr 2010

Les Mis star wins libel compensation

But actor Simon Bowman ordered to pay majority of costs after rejecting settlement offers

4 Nov 2009

Cole settles privacy claim

Footballer’s claim over “kiss-and-tell” newspaper articles ends with settlement

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

23 Jul 2009

Tom Bower wins Desmond libel case

Jury verdict in favour of defendant author over comments about Express owner

7 Jul 2009

Richard Desmond libel trial stopped

Trial of claim against Conrad Black biographer to restart on Monday

2 Apr 2009

George wins 75K libel damages

Former Eastenders actor successful in claim against The Sun

24 Mar 2009

Eastenders actor’s libel trial begins

The Sun defends girlfriend abuse allegations

1 Feb 2008

Big Brother’s Lisa loses libel appeal

Court of Appeal dismisses appeal on 'transsexual' meaning

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

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 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

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

17 Oct 2005

Jockey Club sees off challenge

Appeal Board is not amenable to Judicial Review

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

4 Oct 2004

Martin O’Neill wins libel damages from the BBC

Book allegations withdrawn

24 Sep 2004

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

15 barristers named as leaders in their field


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