Christina Michalos

Profile

Christina is a leading specialist in copyright, trade marks and intellectual property; privacy;  media & entertainment law (including data protection and freedom of information) and sports law.  She is known as a leading practitioner in image rights work and is the author of The Law of Photography and Digital Images (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004). She has a particular interest and expertise in issues arising from internet user generated content and social networking sites.

Media, IP & Freedom of Information

Her recent high profile work includes: currently acting for the Met Police in the Leveson Inquiry (phone hacking); counsel for the successful Claimant in Clift v Slough Borough Council (jury trial & Court of Appeal) a leading decision on Article 8 and qualified privilege; AW v Holland (privacy injunction & committal application for breaches on Facebook & Twitter);  advising the Met Police regarding internet & Facebook issues arising from the Baby P case;  acting for the Department of Health before the Information Tribunal in response to the Pro Life Alliance’s FOIA request for abortion statistices; and acting for Associated Newspapers Ltd in the copyright and privacy claim brought by HRH the Prince of Wales and heard before Blackburne J. She has also recently acted in a number of ‘name change’ injunction cases including both misleading company names and website/domain name passing off cases. Christina is frequently instructed by photographic agencies, photographers and media entities in relation to copyright, data protection, privacy and other related claims involving photographs.  She has advised and acted for various government departments in copyright, trade mark, licencing and other intellectual property matters, including the Cabinet Office, the Inland Revenue, the Central Office of Information and the UK Hydrographic Office.

Since July 2009, Christina has been a member of the Treasury Counsel A Panel of senior lawyers approved by the Attorney General to act on behalf of the Government. Appointment is by open competition and highly competitive. She was previously on the C Panel (1999 – 2003) and the B Panel (2003 -2008). In 2004, she was instructed as an amicus curiae to the Court of Appeal in a contempt case, Thompson v Mitchell.

Commerical, Common Law & Personal Injury

In addition to her intellectual property and media work, she has wide experience of commercial and general common law litigation. She has enormous trial experience having appeared without a leader in numerous trials, in particular appearing on behalf of  government departments. Prior to joining 5RB, she practiced at 17 Bedford Row (then chambers of Allan Levy QC) and gained considerable experience of commercial cases acting for the Nationwide Building Society and lenders in mortgage litigation, insurance claims and also general common law litigation.  She continues to practice in the more general fields of civil litigation and does a substantial amount of defendant personal injury work particularly on behalf of the Home Office/Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence.

She has regularly appeared as a legal commentator on media and sports law issues on Sky News, BBC News 24 and radio. Christina has been a contributor to The Times law section since 1999.

Lectures and Seminars

Christina is regularly invited to speak on copyright and media law and chair conferences: MBL Privacy Law Seminar (2011);  Press Gazette Media Law Conference (2009, 2008);  chaired the Management Forum Media Law Conference (2003, 2005); IBC Protecting the Media Conference and the IBC International Copyright Law Conference (2006).

In October 2003, she was invited to give a series of lectures in Khartoum to the Sudanese Judiciary and lawyers in the Sudan on intellectual property law as part of a Bar Human Rights Committee & British Council joint project.

Career

Called

1994 Called to the bar

Education

LLB; MA;
Postgraduate diploma (Masters Level) in International & Comparative Copyright Law, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London - 2001
Sports Law PG Cert (King's College, London) - 2006

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • General Common Law
  • Human Rights
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media Law
  • Passing off
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Professional Discipline
  • Public Access
  • Sports Law
  • Trade Marks

Testimonials

” Christina Michalos is noted by peers for her trade mark work. “An eminently sensible practitioner,” she is known for her “dedication and persistence.”" [Chambers & Partners, 2012]

“Christina Michalos is also widely praised. She splits her time between government and media cases with a copyright or trade mark angle. Clients say she scores well as she “always fights hard.” ” [Chambers & Partners 2011]

Thorough and straightforward’ image rights expert Christina Michalos handles high-profile football and horseracing matters, as well as privacy-related media cases. [Legal 500, 2010]

“Christina Michalos’ particular focus is on privacy and image rights. “User-friendly and bright,” she is admired for her “speed of reply and sensible advice.” [Chambers & Partners 2009]

“Christina Michalos receives praise for being “completely committed – she really goes the extra mile.” She has a three-pronged practice comprising media and entertainment, IP and sports law expertise. She recently acted as junior counsel representing Associated Newspapers in its privacy and copyright case against Prince Charles.” [Chambers & Partners 2008]

  • Recommended in Chambers & Partners since 2006 as a leading junior in Media & Entertainment law.
  • Recommended  as a leading junior in both Intellectual Property and in Media & Entertainment by Legal 500 (2007).

“a thorough and very user friendly junior” [Legal 500, 2007]

  • Described as ‘an up-and-coming intellectual property specialist’ by The Times, 18 March 2003

 

Memberships

British Association for Sport and the Law
Intellectual Property Bar Association
BLACA (British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association)
Intellectual Property Institute
TIPLO
Registered with the Bar Pro Bono Unit
Treasury Counsel (C Panel) - appointed March 1999. Appointment renewed 2001
Treasury Counsel (B Panel) - appointed February 2003
Treasury Counsel (A Panel) - appointed July 2009

Cases

Defamation

White v Express Newspapers (Costs)

[2014] EWHC 814 (QB) 25/03/2014

White v Express Newspapers (Meaning)

[2014] EWHC 657 (QB) 18/03/2014

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No. 2)

[2012] EWHC 355 (QB) 24/02/2012

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No.1)

[2012] EWHC 239 14/02/2012

Sleeman v Panchaud

10/10/2011

Clift v Slough Borough Council (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 1171 21/12/2010

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice (No 2)

Unreported, 12 May 2010 12/05/2010

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice

[2009] EWHC 1870 (QB) 30/07/2009

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) 06/07/2009

Hamilton v Milroy-Sloan

30/08/2001 30/08/2001

Privacy and Confidence

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No. 2)

[2012] EWHC 355 (QB) 24/02/2012

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No.1)

[2012] EWHC 239 14/02/2012

Department of Health v (1) Information Commissioner (2) Pro Life Alliance

EA/2008/0074 15/10/2009

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2006] EWHC 522 (Ch); [2008] EMLR 66 17/03/2006

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Johnson v Home Office

26/06/2003 26/06/2003

Sports Law

Hart v Stewart

28/05/2008 28/05/2008

Intellectual Property

Sleeman v Panchaud

10/10/2011

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2006] EWHC 522 (Ch); [2008] EMLR 66 17/03/2006

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Brown v Mcasso Music Productions Ltd

[2005] EWCA Civ 1546; [2006] EMLR 26 10/11/2005

Daikin Europe N.V. v Daikin International Ltd

11/10/2005 11/10/2005

Fraser-Woodward Ltd v BBC & Brighter Pictures Ltd

[2005] EWHC 472 (Ch); [2005] EMLR 487; [2005] FSR 36; [2005] 28(6) IPD 11; The Times, 15 April 2005 23/03/2005

Data Protection

Department of Health v (1) Information Commissioner (2) Pro Life Alliance

EA/2008/0074 15/10/2009

Barton v Home Office

10/11/2006 10/11/2006

Reporting the Courts

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Administrative Law

R (Associated Newspapers Ltd) v Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson (as Chairman of the Leveson Inquiry)

[2012] EWHC 57 (Admin) 20/01/2012

Contempt

Ezeugo v Hendon Magistrates Court

05/11/2010 05/11/2010

Thompson v Mitchell

[2004] EWCA 1271 23/08/2004

Copyright

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2006] EWHC 522 (Ch); [2008] EMLR 66 17/03/2006

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Brown v Mcasso Music Productions Ltd

[2005] EWCA Civ 1546; [2006] EMLR 26 10/11/2005

Fraser-Woodward Ltd v BBC & Brighter Pictures Ltd

[2005] EWHC 472 (Ch); [2005] EMLR 487; [2005] FSR 36; [2005] 28(6) IPD 11; The Times, 15 April 2005 23/03/2005

Entertainment Law

Fraser-Woodward Ltd v BBC & Brighter Pictures Ltd

[2005] EWHC 472 (Ch); [2005] EMLR 487; [2005] FSR 36; [2005] 28(6) IPD 11; The Times, 15 April 2005 23/03/2005

Freedom of Information

Department of Health v (1) Information Commissioner (2) Pro Life Alliance

EA/2008/0074 15/10/2009

General Common Law

Johnson v Home Office

26/06/2003 26/06/2003

Dorgan v Home Office (joined with Anderton v Clwyd CC)

[2002] EWCA Civ 933; [2002] 1 WLR 3174; [2002] 3 All ER 813 03/07/2002

Harassment

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice (No 2)

Unreported, 12 May 2010 12/05/2010

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice

[2009] EWHC 1870 (QB) 30/07/2009

Human Rights

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No. 2)

[2012] EWHC 355 (QB) 24/02/2012

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No.1)

[2012] EWHC 239 14/02/2012

Clift v Slough Borough Council (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 1171 21/12/2010

Department of Health v (1) Information Commissioner (2) Pro Life Alliance

EA/2008/0074 15/10/2009

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) 06/07/2009

Barton v Home Office

10/11/2006 10/11/2006

Injunctive Relief

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No. 2)

[2012] EWHC 355 (QB) 24/02/2012

Spelman v Express Newspapers (No.1)

[2012] EWHC 239 14/02/2012

Sleeman v Panchaud

10/10/2011

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2006] EWHC 522 (Ch); [2008] EMLR 66 17/03/2006

Daikin Europe N.V. v Daikin International Ltd

11/10/2005 11/10/2005

Hamilton v Milroy-Sloan

30/08/2001 30/08/2001

Media Law

R (Associated Newspapers Ltd) v Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson (as Chairman of the Leveson Inquiry)

[2012] EWHC 57 (Admin) 20/01/2012

Sanders v Percy & Ministry of Justice

[2009] EWHC 1870 (QB) 30/07/2009

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) 06/07/2009

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2006] EWHC 522 (Ch); [2008] EMLR 66 17/03/2006

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Fraser-Woodward Ltd v BBC & Brighter Pictures Ltd

[2005] EWHC 472 (Ch); [2005] EMLR 487; [2005] FSR 36; [2005] 28(6) IPD 11; The Times, 15 April 2005 23/03/2005

Passing off

Daikin Europe N.V. v Daikin International Ltd

11/10/2005 11/10/2005

Professional Discipline

Hart v Stewart

28/05/2008 28/05/2008

Daikin Europe N.V. v Daikin International Ltd

11/10/2005 11/10/2005

Public Law

Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire County Council

[2013] EWHC 515 (QB) 15/03/2013

Clift v Slough Borough Council & Kelleher

[2009] EWHC 1550 (QB) 06/07/2009

Publishing

HRH The Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 11 (Ch) 13/01/2006

Trade Marks

Re Brampton Manor Trade Mark

Application No. 2315470; Opposition No. 92512 15/06/2006

Daikin Europe N.V. v Daikin International Ltd

11/10/2005 11/10/2005

Publications

In The Name of the Law: Nominative Determinism

By Christina Michalos. 21 Apr 2009

The Trials of Art (ed. Daniel McClean)

By Christina Michalos. 26 Nov 2007

Trade Marks and Olympic Symbols

By Christina Michalos. 22 Nov 2005

Moral Rights and Site-Specific Art Works

By Christina Michalos. 27 Sep 2005

Image Rights and Privacy: After Douglas v Hello!

By Christina Michalos. 15 Jun 2005

Law of Photography and Digital Images

By Christina Michalos. 19 May 2004

Overview of The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations

By Christina Michalos. 12 Mar 2004

Sport and the Registration of Movement Marks

By Christina Michalos. 2 Dec 2003

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Christina Michalos. 17 Oct 2002

Harry Potter and the Case of the False Evidence

By Christina Michalos. 1 Oct 2002

Saving Face is all a matter of image for the famous

By Christina Michalos. 26 Mar 2002

News

28 Feb 2014

Attorney General’s Panel Appointment

Christina Michalos appointed to the A Panel

13 Dec 2013

Law Commission recommends contempt exemption for online archives

Report on contempt deals with jurors and modern media

23 Aug 2013

NFU win injunction against Badger Cull Protesters

Anti-harassment injunction granted by the High Court

22 Mar 2013

Croatian Actor wins damages for “Nazi war criminal” error

Independent settles claim for front page photo mistake

15 Mar 2013

Blogger loses libel claim against Council

Chief Executive awarded £25,000 damages for counter-claim

16 Jan 2013

Christina Michalos to address symposium

5RB at Law Commission Contempt Symposium

31 Oct 2012

5RB Sponsors National Pro Bono Centre

Chambers continues support for Pro Bono work as Bronze Sponsor

21 May 2012

Leveson Inquiry

Availability of 5RB counsel

20 Jan 2012

Leveson challenge dismissed

Administrative Court upholds anonymous evidence decision

10 Nov 2011

Leveson Inquiry Starts

Inquiry into press ethics: opening submissions

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

19 Apr 2011

Council refused Supreme Court permission

Court of Appeal Article 8 decision in Clift v Slough BC to stand

21 Dec 2010

Public authority loses privilege appeal

Court of Appeal give judgment in Clift v Slough Borough Council

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

12 Nov 2009

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Set and 21 barristers praised in Chambers UK 2010 Directory

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

24 Jun 2009

Victory for woman labelled ‘violent’

Jury upholds libel claim against Slough Borough Council

29 May 2009

Abortion Statistics Tribunal Begins

Department of Health appeals against Information Commissioner's Decision

11 Nov 2008

Chambers: 5RB is the ‘gold standard’

Set and 21 barristers praised in Chambers & Partners 2009 Directory

2 Jun 2008

New Anti-Doping Advisor qualifies

5RB's Christina Michalos qualifies as a UK Sport accredited Anti-Doping Advisor

27 Nov 2007

Launch of The Trials of Art

Christina Michalos contributes to new work

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

17 Mar 2006

Prince fails to stop journals’ trial

... but summary judgment granted against Mail on Sunday on Hong Kong diary

24 Feb 2006

Prince of Wales judgment awaited

Summary Judgment hearing concludes

10 Feb 2006

Prince of Wales case in Court again

Media challenge confidentiality in Mail on Sunday litigation

22 Nov 2005

5RB hosts Trade Mark Seminar

3-D and Shape Marks, Olympic Symbols and Merchandising Fame

24 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

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

15 Sep 2005

5RB at Media Law Conference

Christina Michalos addresses the IBC's Protecting the Media event

16 Jun 2005

Image Rights and Privacy Talk

Christina Michalos assesses the impact of Douglas v Hello! at TIPLO dinner

18 Nov 2004

5RB @ Media Law Conference

Annual Management Forum Conference - 26 January 2005

15 Jul 2004

5RB launches Law of Photography & Digital Images

Christina Michalos praised for 'exceptional' new work

20 Sep 2003

Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003

5RB give series of talks


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