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 causes of action.

Alex has a busy practice advising both claimants and defendants in relation to libel and privacy issues, being both led and acting without a leader. Defendant work includes, from 2009 to 2016, representing parties 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 2016, 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.

At the same time, Alex works for claimants seeking to protect Article 8, libel, privacy and data rights in a wide variety of cases. Sample cases include, in 2016 to 2017, the first (to our knowledge) successful ‘revenge porn’ case brought by a female claimant in respect of the unauthorised posting online of private sexual films; and, in 2016, representing at trial a claimant who had been falsely accused, by his neighbour, of bestiality with a pig (judgment cited below at Barkhuysen v Hamilton).

Some recent notable and reported cases

  • Gray v NGN Limited [2011] EWHC 349; [2011] 2 WLR 1401
  • Phillips v NGN Limited [2012] UKSC 28; [2013] 1 AC 1 – acting for defendant relying on privilege against self-incrimination; case went to the Supreme Court)
  • AAA v Associated Newspapers Limited [2012] EWHC 5137; [2013] EMLR 2 – privacy claim brought by the baby daughter of well-known Conservative politician to try to keep secret her father’s identity
  • Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Limited [2012] EWHC 1296; [2012] 2 All ER 717 – acting for defendant newspaper in a privacy and harassment claim by the partner of former LibDem politician Chris Huhne in respect of articles in the Daily Mail
  • Ontulmus v Collett [2014] EWHC 294 (security for costs); Ontulmus v Collett [2014] EWHC 4117 (costs judgment) – acting for defendant businessman sued for more than £100 million by Turkish entities
  • Gulati and ors. v MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1422; [2015] WLR (D) 233; [2016] FSR 12 – quantum of damages in “phone-hacking” cases
  • Barkhuysen v Hamilton [2016] EWHC 2858 (main judgment); Barkhuysen v Hamilton EWHC 3371; [2016] 6 Costs LR 1217 (costs) – acting for claimant in a slander/false imprisonment/harassment case where the defendant had made a number of false allegations against her neighbour
  • Webb v Lewis Silkin [2016] EWHC 1225 – acting for claimant suing over unlawful access to her private emails held on work server
  • Candy v Holyoake [2017] EWHC 373 – acting for defendant sued over retention of films of claimant made at a private event
  • Makin v NGN Ltd [2017] EWHC 1386 – acting for defendant in claim for injunction brought by executor of estate of Ian Brady; case concerns the breach of an undertaking by the defendant

Career

Called

1990 Called to the bar

Education

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
  • Data Protection
  • Harassment

Testimonials

2018 Chambers & Partners

She combines a deep feel for the law in this area with a pragmatic style”; “she’s brilliant: very down to earth, user-friendly and really commercial.”

Legal 500 2017

‘She is approachable and tenacious.’

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

Sarah Lynette Webb v Lewis Silkin LLP

[2016] EWHC 1225 (Ch) 04/05/2016

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

Sarah Lynette Webb v Lewis Silkin LLP

[2016] EWHC 1225 (Ch) 04/05/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publications

The Law of Privacy and the Media

Oxford University Press

By Alexandra Marzec. 17 Oct 2002

News

2 Nov 2017

“The pre-eminent set”: Chambers UK

5RB and members recommended for Defamation & Privacy and Data Protection in 2018 Chambers UK Bar Guide

11 Oct 2017

5RB ‘dominates the field’ in Legal 500

Chambers and members recommended for Defamation & Privacy, Data Protection, and Media and Entertainment work in legal directory

25 May 2017

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2017

Over £2,500 raised for LLST, FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit

11 Nov 2016

Neighbours’ dispute leads to £32,080 award of damages

Claims in false imprisonment, slander and harassment succeed

19 May 2016

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2016

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

11 May 2016

Privacy: Statements in open court

Same principles apply as in defamation cases

17 Sep 2015

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

5RB Nominated for Defamation Set of the Year

26 Aug 2015

Permission to appeal in MGN phone hacking case

Kitchin LJ grants permission on damages award

21 May 2015

Judgment in MGN phone-hacking case

Mann J awards 'very substantial' damages to Claimants

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