Alexandra Marzec

Profile

Alex is a highly regarded barrister dealing with libel and slander; misuse of private information;  breach of confidence and other publication-related torts. As a defamation, privacy and confidence specialist, she is commended in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, Alex continues to act for both defendants and claimants alike.

From 2009, she has represented defendants in the phone-hacking litigation: first, Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator sued by a great number of claimants for voicemail interception and, from 2014 to date, Mirror Group Newspapers sued in respect of the same cause of action, including representing MGN as junior counsel at trial as to damages in March 2015.

Alex represented Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail and Sunday Mail) at trial in Garcia v Associated (2014); AAA v Associated (2013) – a privacy case concerning what could be reported re the non-marital child of a well-known politician; and Trimingham v Associated (2012), in which the partner of another politician, Chris Huhne, sued for misuse of private information and harassment.

In 2012 to 2014, Alex represented Mr Peter Moore, a businessman sued for libel by Turkish entities for more than £100 million (Ontulmus v Collett [2014] EWHC 4117).  Alex also acts for claimants, including Mohammed Veliu, a journalist accused of involvement in terrorism who was awarded the highest-ever (so far) award of compensation under the Offer of Amends scheme.

In 2013 Alex advised a number of national newspapers as to a proposed Leveson-compliant new press arbitration scheme, and as to the lawfulness of (then) governmental proposals for the reform of press law.

 

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.

Featured Cases

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

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

Jose Antonio Serrano Garcia v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2014] EWHC 3137 (QB) 06/10/2014

Veliu v Mazrekaj

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

Cases

Defamation

Jose Antonio Serrano Garcia v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2014] EWHC 3137 (QB) 06/10/2014

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

Oxford University Press

By Alexandra Marzec. 17 Oct 2002

News

31 Oct 2014

5RB tops Chambers & Partners 2015

Set and 19 barristers recommended in UK Bar Guide

21 Jul 2014

Garcia v ANL trial begins in the High Court

Two-week libel claim being heard by Mr Justice Dingemans

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