Anna Coppola

Profile

Based in Singapore, Anna has joined the Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul LLP as an employed barrister advising on English law. From the firm she practises media law and assist its clients in Asia and elsewhere, as well as working in Oon & Bazul’s speciality areas of commercial, shipping and international arbitration. 5RB is delighted that Anna remaind an associate member of chambers.

Anna’s practice at 5RB encompasses a broad range of media litigation including defamation and privacy work for both Claimants and Defendants. She regularly provided pre-publication advice to many large publishing companies including Harper Collins and Penguin as well as to broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 4 News.

Anna’s libel work includes acting for Elena Baturina (the wife of the Mayor of Moscow and wealthiest woman in Russia) in her claim against TNL, and appearing as Junior Counsel for the publishers of L’Espresso magazine (she is a fluent Italian speaker) in their successful defence at trial of a libel claim brought against them in this jurisdiction by Atlantis World. Privacy work includes appearing in the House of Lords as junior counsel for MGN in Ashworth v. MGN Ltd and acting for MGN at the trial of the privacy claim brought by Naomi Campbell. More recently, she has acted for Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant in their privacy action against Big Pictures.

Anna also has experience in disciplinary and regulatory work, having advised and appeared in numerous hearings for both the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Kennel Club.

Anna can be contacted directly via email annacoppola@5rb.com; on her Singapore Mobile +65 83840793; or via her UK Mobile  +65 (0)7958000456. For any further enquiries please contact the clerks’ room.

Career

Called

1996 Called to the bar

Education

Marlborough College, Wiltshire - 1989-1991
King's College, University of London, BA (Hons) - 1991 - 1994
The College of Law, London (Diploma in Law) - 1994 - 1995
Inns of Court School of Law, London - 1995 - 1996

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Human Rights
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Passing off
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Public Access
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Sports Law

Testimonials

Anna pays a forensic attention to detail, both in preparation and presentation. She is prompt and to the point. This swift accuracy of approach is balanced by a commercial awareness and astute understanding of the media which enables her to anticipate her opponent, offer shrewd and pragmatic advice, and persuade others in argument. As such, she is a pleasure to work with.

Simon Smith

Recommended in Chambers and Partners as an “up and coming” junior in 2008 and as a leading junior in 2009, 2010 and 2011:

‘Anna Coppola impresses rivals and peers immensely on issues surrounding libel and privacy. This detailed junior “presents arguments perfectly, and is excellent on pleadings.”’ [Chambers 2009]

“Anna Coppola “has a very realistic approach to claims and can read a case and predict the opponent’s strategy very accurately”. [Chambers 2010]
“Anna Coppola “is a fluent speaker of Italian, a skill she used when appearing as junior counsel for the publishers of L’Espresso magazine, assisting in successfully defending it against Atlantis World, which had brought a libel claim against it in the UK. Coppola is but one of the juniors here who are tipped for great things”. [Chambers 2011].

Languages

Fluent Italian. Conversational French and Portuguese

Memberships

BASL (British Association for Sport and Law)

Featured Cases

Ashworth Hospital Authority v MGN Ltd

[2002] UKHL 29; [2002] 1 WLR 2033; [2002] EMLR 36; [2002] 4 All ER 193 27/06/2002

Atlantis World Group of Companies NV & Another v Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso SpA

[2008] EWHC 1323 (QB); [2009] EMLR 15 16/05/2008

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Hussein v William Hill

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) 20/01/2006

Lord Ashcroft v Attorney-General & Department for International Development

[2002] EWHC 1122 (QB) 31/05/2002

Cases

Defamation

Atlantis World Group of Companies NV & Another v Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso SpA

[2008] EWHC 1323 (QB); [2009] EMLR 15 16/05/2008

Hussein v William Hill

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) 20/01/2006

Sharma v Jay & Others (No.2)

11/02/2004 11/02/2004

Bataille v Newland & Ors

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

Privacy and Confidence

Ashworth Hospital Authority v MGN Ltd

[2002] UKHL 29; [2002] 1 WLR 2033; [2002] EMLR 36; [2002] 4 All ER 193 27/06/2002

Lord Ashcroft v Attorney-General & Department for International Development

[2002] EWHC 1122 (QB) 31/05/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Theakston v MGN Limited

[2002] EWHC 137 (QB); [2002] EMLR 398 14/02/2002

Sports Law

Horseracing Regulatory Authority v Byrne & Others

20/04/2007 20/04/2007

Jockey Club v Keightley & others

23/12/2005 23/12/2005

Jockey Club v Carter & Others

04/10/2005 04/10/2005

Jockey Club v Carphone Warehouse Ltd

[2005] EWHC 1151 (QB) 05/04/2005

Jockey Club v Rodgers

25/03/2004 25/03/2004

Fahey v Jockey Club

05/03/2004 05/03/2004

Colgan v Kennel Club

[2002] ISLR, SLR-187 26/10/2001

Data Protection

Lord Ashcroft v Attorney-General & Department for International Development

[2002] EWHC 1122 (QB) 31/05/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Theakston v MGN Limited

[2002] EWHC 137 (QB); [2002] EMLR 398 14/02/2002

Contempt

Ashworth Hospital Authority v MGN Ltd

[2002] UKHL 29; [2002] 1 WLR 2033; [2002] EMLR 36; [2002] 4 All ER 193 27/06/2002

General Common Law

Colgan v Kennel Club

[2002] ISLR, SLR-187 26/10/2001

Human Rights

Ashworth Hospital Authority v MGN Ltd

[2002] UKHL 29; [2002] 1 WLR 2033; [2002] EMLR 36; [2002] 4 All ER 193 27/06/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Theakston v MGN Limited

[2002] EWHC 137 (QB); [2002] EMLR 398 14/02/2002

Colgan v Kennel Club

[2002] ISLR, SLR-187 26/10/2001

Media Law

Hussein v William Hill

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) 20/01/2006

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Theakston v MGN Limited

[2002] EWHC 137 (QB); [2002] EMLR 398 14/02/2002

Professional Discipline

Horseracing Regulatory Authority v Byrne & Others

20/04/2007 20/04/2007

Jockey Club v Keightley & others

23/12/2005 23/12/2005

Jockey Club v Carter & Others

04/10/2005 04/10/2005

Jockey Club v Rodgers

25/03/2004 25/03/2004

Fahey v Jockey Club

05/03/2004 05/03/2004

Publishing

Atlantis World Group of Companies NV & Another v Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso SpA

[2008] EWHC 1323 (QB); [2009] EMLR 15 16/05/2008

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 499 (QB); [2002] EMLR 617 27/03/2002

Theakston v MGN Limited

[2002] EWHC 137 (QB); [2002] EMLR 398 14/02/2002

Publications

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

By Anna Coppola. 17 Mar 2011

Freedom of Information Act 2000

By Anna Coppola. 5 Jun 2006

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Anna Coppola. 17 Oct 2002

News

28 Oct 2011

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Adam Wolanski wins Defamation and Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year

20 Oct 2011

Sunday Times settles Baturina libel claim

Newspaper pays damages, costs and joins in Statement in Open Court

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

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

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

31 Mar 2010

‘Bunker billionairess’ claim survives strike out bid

Times' abuse of process argument fails in front of Eady J

12 Nov 2009

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Set and 21 barristers praised in Chambers UK 2010 Directory

1 Oct 2009

5RB welcomes back Anna Coppola

Anna returns to practice today following maternity leave

20 Oct 2008

Anna Coppola to take maternity leave

Anna to be away from 5RB from 1st December 2008 until June 2009

16 May 2008

Italian magazine wins in High Court

Judge categorises claim as forum-shopping abuse

15 May 2008

Hurley and Grant win privacy claim

Photo agencies apologise and pay damages for Maldives holiday snaps

7 Apr 2008

Actor wins ‘dog theft’ libel apology

Nicholas Cage receives damages for drunk-driving and chihuahua theft slurs

20 Apr 2007

Racing bans after corruption inquiry

HRA imposes penalties of disqualification, suspension and exclusion

7 Mar 2007

£10,000 damages for cricketer

High Court awards libel damages to former cricketer and match referee Clive Lloyd

19 Dec 2005

Trainer found guilty in corruption case

3 year ban for Keightley

10 Dec 2004

Jockey Club excludes punter

Man banned from all UK racecourses


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