Desmond Browne QC

Profile

Desmond Browne QC is a leading silk in all areas of media law. He has been involved in a huge number of the most important cases affecting the media over the past three decades.

These include Collins Stewart v. Financial Times, Berezovsky v. Fridman & Alfa Bank, McKenna v. Mirror Group Newspapers, McKennitt v. Ash, Lowe v. Associated Newspapers, Turner v. News Group, Al Amoudi v. Brisard, Douglas v Hello!, Naomi Campbell v MGN, Hamilton v Al Fayed, Berezovsky v Forbes, Spycatcher, Kiam v MGN and Loutchansky v Times Newspapers.

He is Joint Head of Chambers (with Mark Warby QC).

Desmond Browne chaired the Bar Council Group on the Legal Services Act and was Bar Council Chairman for 2009. He was appointed to the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw’s Libel Reform Panel which considered whether the law of libel needs reform. The working group has reported.

Alongside his busy practice, Desmond is a member of Lord Neuberger’s Super-Injunctions Group.

Career

Called

1969 Called to the bar
1990 Silk
1991 Year of recorder

Education

Eton College
New College, Oxford (Open Scholar, B.A. Jurisprudence) - 1968

Areas of work

  • Defamation
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Intellectual Property
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Administrative Law
  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Human Rights
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Professional Negligence

Testimonials

 ”masterly”

2010 Legal 500

“A great fighter to have on your side”

2010 Chambers and Partners

He is held in high regard by opponents as one of the silks of choice for heavyweight defamation matters. Solicitors comment that “he has an extraordinary mind, knows the law backwards and is always good-humoured and fun to work with.”

Chambers and Partners

The ‘tough, bright and hardworking’ Desmond Browne QC returned to full-time practice after his year as Chairman of the Bar.

Legal 500

Memberships

Bar Council as Gray's Inn representative

Featured Cases

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another (No.2)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1251; [2001] EMLR 1030 31/07/2001

Campbell v MGN Ltd (HL)

[2004] UKHL 22; [2004] 2 AC 457; [2004] 2 WLR 1232; [2004] EMLR 247 06/05/2004

Collins Stewart Limited & Another v The Financial Times Ltd (No 2)

[2005] EWHC 262 (QB); [2006] EMLR 100 25/02/2005

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Hamilton v Fayed

[2001] AC 395 23/03/2000

Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 320 (QB); [2007] 2 WLR 595; [2006] 3 All ER 357; [2006] EMLR 476; The Times, 29 March 2006 28/02/2006

McKennitt v Ash (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1714; [2008] QB 73; [2007] 3 WLR 194; [2007] EMLR 113; The Times, 20 December 2006 14/12/2006

McManus v Beckham

[2002] EWCA Civ 939; [2002] EMLR 880; [2002] 1 WLR 2982 04/07/2002

Turner v News Group Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 540; [2006] 1 WLR 3469; [2006] 4 All ER 613; [2006] EMLR 703; The Independent, 23 May 2006 16/05/2006

Cases

Defamation

RBOS Shareholders Action Group Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2014] EWHC 130 (QB) 04/02/2014

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2) (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 748 21/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2)

[2013] EWHC 1427 (QB) 05/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert

[2013] EWHC 1096 (QB) 01/05/2013

Waterson v Lloyd

[2013] EWCA Civ 136; [2013] EMLR 17 28/02/2013

Al Amoudi v Kifle

[2013] EWHC 293 (QB) 13/02/2013

Cruddas v Adams

[2013] EWHC 145 (QB) 04/02/2013

KC v MGN Ltd (Costs)

[2013] EWCA Civ 3 22/01/2013

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

Terluk v Berezovsky (No.2)

[2011] EWCA Civ 1534 15/12/2011

Waterson v Lloyd (No 2)

[2011] EWHC 3292 (QB) 13/12/2011

Waterson v Lloyd

[2011] EWHC 3197 (QB) 08/12/2011

Al-Amoudi v Kifle

[2011] EWHC 2037 (QB) 29/07/2011

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis & Ors

[2011] EWHC 781 (QB) 31/03/2011

Terluk v Berezovsky (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 1345 25/11/2010

Cairns v Modi

[2010] EWHC 2859 (QB) 10/11/2010

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 476 (QB) 10/03/2010

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v (1) Designtechnica Corporation (2) Google UK Ltd & (3) Google Inc

[2009] EWHC 1765 (QB); [2009] EMLR 27 16/07/2009

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another

[2008] EWHC 1918 (QB) 31/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 20/06/2007

Drury v Carnegie (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 497; [2007] EMLR 637; The Times, 11 June 2007 23/05/2007

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 3289 (QB); [2007] 94 BMLR 1 21/12/2006

McKenna v MGN Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1996 (QB) 28/07/2006

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Turner v News Group Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 540; [2006] 1 WLR 3469; [2006] 4 All ER 613; [2006] EMLR 703; The Independent, 23 May 2006 16/05/2006

Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 320 (QB); [2007] 2 WLR 595; [2006] 3 All ER 357; [2006] EMLR 476; The Times, 29 March 2006 28/02/2006

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others

[2005] EWHC 2410 (QB) 04/11/2005

McKeith v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2005] EWHC 1162 (QB); [2005] EMLR 780 14/06/2005

Collins Stewart Limited & Another v The Financial Times Ltd (No 2)

[2005] EWHC 262 (QB); [2006] EMLR 100 25/02/2005

Hewitt & Others v Grunwald & Others

[2004] EWHC 2959 (QB) 21/12/2004

Collins Stewart Ltd & Another v The Financial Times Ltd

[2004] EWHC 2337 (QB); [2005] EMLR 64 20/10/2004

King v Lewis & Others (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1329; [2005] EMLR 45; The Independent, 11 November 2004 19/10/2004

Sharma v Jay & Others (No.2)

11/02/2004 11/02/2004

King v Lewis

[2004] EWHC 168 (QB) 06/02/2004

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1776 (QB) 21/07/2003

Reuben & Others v Time Inc & Another (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1430 (QB) 03/07/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2003] EWHC 1358 (QB) 12/06/2003

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 8)

[2002] EWHC 2726 (QB) 12/12/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 7)

[2002] EWHC 2490 (QB) 26/11/2002

Mills v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1384 (QB) 05/07/2002

Gregson v Channel Four Television

[2002] EWCA Civ 941 04/07/2002

McManus v Beckham

[2002] EWCA Civ 939; [2002] EMLR 880; [2002] 1 WLR 2982 04/07/2002

Cook & Carlton Communications Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1070 (QB) 21/05/2002

Kiam v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWCA Civ 43; [2003] QB 281; [2002] 2 All ER 219; [2002] 3 WLR 1036 28/01/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (Nos. 2-5)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1805; [2002] QB 783; [2002] 2 WLR 640; [2002] 1 All ER 652; [2002] EMLR 241 05/12/2001

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another (No.2)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1251; [2001] EMLR 1030 31/07/2001

Elite Model Agency v BBC

24/05/2001 24/05/2001

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 4)

[2001] EMLR 898 27/04/2001

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another

[2000] UKHL 25; [2000] 1 WLR 1004; [2000] 2 All ER 986; [2000] EMLR 643 11/05/2000

Hamilton v Fayed

[2001] AC 395 23/03/2000

Dwek v Macmillan Publishers Ltd & Others

[1999] EWCA Civ 2002; [2000] EMLR 284 28/07/1999

ex parte Coventry Newspapers Ltd

[1993] QB 278 24/07/1992

Privacy and Confidence

AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 554 20/05/2013

RocknRoll v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2013] EWHC 24 (Ch) 17/01/2013

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Contostavlos v Mendahun

[2012] EWHC 850 (QB) 30/03/2012

Ambrosiadou v Coward (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 409 12/04/2011

CDE & Anor v MGN Ltd & Anor

[2010] EWHC 3308 16/12/2010

ABC Ltd v Y

[2010] EWHC 3176 (Ch); [2011] 4 All ER 113 06/12/2010

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

[2007] EWHC 2677 (QB) 16/11/2007

McKennitt v Ash (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1714; [2008] QB 73; [2007] 3 WLR 194; [2007] EMLR 113; The Times, 20 December 2006 14/12/2006

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

McKennitt v Ash (QBD)

[2005] EWHC 3003 (QB); [2006] EMLR 178 21/12/2005

Covance Laboratories Inc v PETA Europe Ltd

16/06/2005 17/06/2005

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Campbell v MGN Ltd (HL)

[2004] UKHL 22; [2004] 2 AC 457; [2004] 2 WLR 1232; [2004] EMLR 247 06/05/2004

Paddick v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 2991 (QB) 10/12/2003

X (formerly known as Mary Bell) & Y v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Ors

[2003] EWHC 1101 (QB); [2003] FSR 850; [2003] EMLR 850 21/05/2003

Campbell v MGN Ltd (CA)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1373; [2003] QB 658; [2003] 2 WLR 80; [2003] EMLR 39 14/10/2002

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

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Trinity Mirror plc & Another v Punch Ltd

19/07/2000 19/07/2000

Nicholls v BBC

[1999] EMLR 791 29/03/1999

Sports Law

King v Lewis & Others (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1329; [2005] EMLR 45; The Independent, 11 November 2004 19/10/2004

King v Lewis

[2004] EWHC 168 (QB) 06/02/2004

Intellectual Property

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 20/06/2007

Morgan v BBC

10/12/1997 10/12/1997

Data Protection

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Campbell v MGN Ltd (CA)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1373; [2003] QB 658; [2003] 2 WLR 80; [2003] EMLR 39 14/10/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

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

Reporting the Courts

ABC Ltd v Y

[2010] EWHC 3176 (Ch); [2011] 4 All ER 113 06/12/2010

Lykiardopulo v Lykiardopulo

[2010] EWCA Civ 1315 (QB) 19/11/2010

Re Gracie Attard

14 June 2001/23 Oct 2001 14/06/2001

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

M v BBC

[1997] 1 FLR 51; [1997] 1 FCR 229 25/09/1996

Re L (a minor)

[1988] 1 All ER 418 03/07/1987

Administrative Law

R (Persey) v Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

[2002] EWHC 371 (Admin); [2003] QB 794; [2002] 3 WLR 704 15/03/2002

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others

[2001] 1 WLR 292 20/07/2001

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

Re L (a minor)

[1988] 1 All ER 418 03/07/1987

Copyright

Trinity Mirror plc & Another v Punch Ltd

19/07/2000 19/07/2000

Morgan v BBC

10/12/1997 10/12/1997

Entertainment Law

Covance Laboratories Inc v PETA Europe Ltd

16/06/2005 17/06/2005

Foreign Jurisdictions

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v (1) Designtechnica Corporation (2) Google UK Ltd & (3) Google Inc

[2009] EWHC 1765 (QB); [2009] EMLR 27 16/07/2009

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

King v Lewis & Others (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1329; [2005] EMLR 45; The Independent, 11 November 2004 19/10/2004

King v Lewis

[2004] EWHC 168 (QB) 06/02/2004

Reuben & Others v Time Inc & Another (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1430 (QB) 03/07/2003

General Common Law

Fayed v BBC

[2004] EWHC 109 (QB) 08/01/2004

Harassment

Thomas v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWCA Civ 1233; [2002] EMLR 78 18/07/2001

Human Rights

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

CDE & Anor v MGN Ltd & Anor

[2010] EWHC 3308 16/12/2010

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

[2007] EWHC 2677 (QB) 16/11/2007

McKennitt v Ash (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1714; [2008] QB 73; [2007] 3 WLR 194; [2007] EMLR 113; The Times, 20 December 2006 14/12/2006

McKennitt v Ash (QBD)

[2005] EWHC 3003 (QB); [2006] EMLR 178 21/12/2005

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Campbell v MGN Ltd (HL)

[2004] UKHL 22; [2004] 2 AC 457; [2004] 2 WLR 1232; [2004] EMLR 247 06/05/2004

Paddick v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 2991 (QB) 10/12/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2003] EWHC 1358 (QB) 12/06/2003

X (formerly known as Mary Bell) & Y v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Ors

[2003] EWHC 1101 (QB); [2003] FSR 850; [2003] EMLR 850 21/05/2003

Campbell v MGN Ltd (CA)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1373; [2003] QB 658; [2003] 2 WLR 80; [2003] EMLR 39 14/10/2002

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

R (Persey) v Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

[2002] EWHC 371 (Admin); [2003] QB 794; [2002] 3 WLR 704 15/03/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (Nos. 2-5)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1805; [2002] QB 783; [2002] 2 WLR 640; [2002] 1 All ER 652; [2002] EMLR 241 05/12/2001

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another (No.2)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1251; [2001] EMLR 1030 31/07/2001

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others

[2001] 1 WLR 292 20/07/2001

Thomas v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWCA Civ 1233; [2002] EMLR 78 18/07/2001

Re Gracie Attard

14 June 2001/23 Oct 2001 14/06/2001

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Injunctive Relief

RocknRoll v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2013] EWHC 24 (Ch) 17/01/2013

Contostavlos v Mendahun

[2012] EWHC 850 (QB) 30/03/2012

CDE & Anor v MGN Ltd & Anor

[2010] EWHC 3308 16/12/2010

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

[2007] EWHC 2677 (QB) 16/11/2007

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 20/06/2007

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

Covance Laboratories Inc v PETA Europe Ltd

16/06/2005 17/06/2005

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Fayed v BBC

[2004] EWHC 109 (QB) 08/01/2004

X (formerly known as Mary Bell) & Y v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Ors

[2003] EWHC 1101 (QB); [2003] FSR 850; [2003] EMLR 850 21/05/2003

Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWHC 32 (QB); [2001] Fam 430; [2001] 2 WLR 1038; [2001] 1 All ER 908; [2001] EMLR 255; [2001] 1 FLR 791 08/01/2001

Trinity Mirror plc & Another v Punch Ltd

19/07/2000 19/07/2000

Nicholls v BBC

[1999] EMLR 791 29/03/1999

M v BBC

[1997] 1 FLR 51; [1997] 1 FCR 229 25/09/1996

Malicious Falsehood

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2) (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 748 21/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2)

[2013] EWHC 1427 (QB) 05/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert

[2013] EWHC 1096 (QB) 01/05/2013

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 20/06/2007

Media Law

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2) (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 748 21/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.2)

[2013] EWHC 1427 (QB) 05/06/2013

Cruddas v Calvert

[2013] EWHC 1096 (QB) 01/05/2013

Al Amoudi v Kifle

[2013] EWHC 293 (QB) 13/02/2013

Cruddas v Adams

[2013] EWHC 145 (QB) 04/02/2013

RocknRoll v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2013] EWHC 24 (Ch) 17/01/2013

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

Modi v Clarke; IMG v Clarke

[2011] EWHC 1324 (QB) 24/05/2011

Ambrosiadou v Coward (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 409 12/04/2011

Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis & Ors

[2011] EWHC 781 (QB) 31/03/2011

Terluk v Berezovsky (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 1345 25/11/2010

Cairns v Modi

[2010] EWHC 2859 (QB) 10/11/2010

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 476 (QB) 10/03/2010

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v BBC

[2010] EWHC 53 (QB) 22/01/2010

Metropolitan International Schools Ltd v (1) Designtechnica Corporation (2) Google UK Ltd & (3) Google Inc

[2009] EWHC 1765 (QB); [2009] EMLR 27 16/07/2009

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Berezovsky v Russian State Television & Another

[2008] EWHC 1918 (QB) 31/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

[2007] EWHC 2677 (QB) 16/11/2007

Drury v Carnegie (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 497; [2007] EMLR 637; The Times, 11 June 2007 23/05/2007

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 3289 (QB); [2007] 94 BMLR 1 21/12/2006

McKennitt v Ash (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1714; [2008] QB 73; [2007] 3 WLR 194; [2007] EMLR 113; The Times, 20 December 2006 14/12/2006

McKenna v MGN Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1996 (QB) 28/07/2006

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 113; [2006] 3 All ER 294 16/05/2006

Turner v News Group Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 540; [2006] 1 WLR 3469; [2006] 4 All ER 613; [2006] EMLR 703; The Independent, 23 May 2006 16/05/2006

Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 320 (QB); [2007] 2 WLR 595; [2006] 3 All ER 357; [2006] EMLR 476; The Times, 29 March 2006 28/02/2006

McKennitt v Ash (QBD)

[2005] EWHC 3003 (QB); [2006] EMLR 178 21/12/2005

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others

[2005] EWHC 2410 (QB) 04/11/2005

Covance Laboratories Inc v PETA Europe Ltd

16/06/2005 17/06/2005

McKeith v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2005] EWHC 1162 (QB); [2005] EMLR 780 14/06/2005

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No 8) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 595; [2006] QB 125; [2005] 3 WLR 881; [2005] EMLR 609; The Times 24 May 2005; The Times 26 May 2005 18/05/2005

Collins Stewart Limited & Another v The Financial Times Ltd (No 2)

[2005] EWHC 262 (QB); [2006] EMLR 100 25/02/2005

Hewitt & Others v Grunwald & Others

[2004] EWHC 2959 (QB) 21/12/2004

Collins Stewart Ltd & Another v The Financial Times Ltd

[2004] EWHC 2337 (QB); [2005] EMLR 64 20/10/2004

Campbell v MGN Ltd (HL)

[2004] UKHL 22; [2004] 2 AC 457; [2004] 2 WLR 1232; [2004] EMLR 247 06/05/2004

Fayed v BBC

[2004] EWHC 109 (QB) 08/01/2004

Paddick v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 2991 (QB) 10/12/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1776 (QB) 21/07/2003

Reuben & Others v Time Inc & Another (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1430 (QB) 03/07/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2003] EWHC 1358 (QB) 12/06/2003

X (formerly known as Mary Bell) & Y v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Ors

[2003] EWHC 1101 (QB); [2003] FSR 850; [2003] EMLR 850 21/05/2003

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 8)

[2002] EWHC 2726 (QB) 12/12/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 7)

[2002] EWHC 2490 (QB) 26/11/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (CA)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1373; [2003] QB 658; [2003] 2 WLR 80; [2003] EMLR 39 14/10/2002

Mills v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1384 (QB) 05/07/2002

Gregson v Channel Four Television

[2002] EWCA Civ 941 04/07/2002

Cook & Carlton Communications Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1070 (QB) 21/05/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

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

Kiam v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWCA Civ 43; [2003] QB 281; [2002] 2 All ER 219; [2002] 3 WLR 1036 28/01/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (Nos. 2-5)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1805; [2002] QB 783; [2002] 2 WLR 640; [2002] 1 All ER 652; [2002] EMLR 241 05/12/2001

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another (No.2)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1251; [2001] EMLR 1030 31/07/2001

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others

[2001] 1 WLR 292 20/07/2001

Thomas v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWCA Civ 1233; [2002] EMLR 78 18/07/2001

Re Gracie Attard

14 June 2001/23 Oct 2001 14/06/2001

Elite Model Agency v BBC

24/05/2001 24/05/2001

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 4)

[2001] EMLR 898 27/04/2001

Trinity Mirror plc & Another v Punch Ltd

19/07/2000 19/07/2000

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another

[2000] UKHL 25; [2000] 1 WLR 1004; [2000] 2 All ER 986; [2000] EMLR 643 11/05/2000

Dwek v Macmillan Publishers Ltd & Others

[1999] EWCA Civ 2002; [2000] EMLR 284 28/07/1999

Nicholls v BBC

[1999] EMLR 791 29/03/1999

Morgan v BBC

10/12/1997 10/12/1997

M v BBC

[1997] 1 FLR 51; [1997] 1 FCR 229 25/09/1996

ex parte Coventry Newspapers Ltd

[1993] QB 278 24/07/1992

Re L (a minor)

[1988] 1 All ER 418 03/07/1987

Professional Negligence

Brinn & Jarvis v Russell Jones & Walker (a firm)

[2002] EWHC 2727 (QB); [2003] PNLR 16 12/12/2002

Public Law

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others (No.3)

[2006] EWHC 3289 (QB); [2007] 94 BMLR 1 21/12/2006

R (Persey) v Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

[2002] EWHC 371 (Admin); [2003] QB 794; [2002] 3 WLR 704 15/03/2002

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others

[2001] 1 WLR 292 20/07/2001

Publishing

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

[2007] EWHC 2677 (QB) 16/11/2007

McKennitt v Ash (QBD)

[2005] EWHC 3003 (QB); [2006] EMLR 178 21/12/2005

Paddick v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 2991 (QB) 10/12/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1776 (QB) 21/07/2003

Reuben & Others v Time Inc & Another (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1430 (QB) 03/07/2003

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corp v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2003] EWHC 1358 (QB) 12/06/2003

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 8)

[2002] EWHC 2726 (QB) 12/12/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 7)

[2002] EWHC 2490 (QB) 26/11/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (CA)

[2002] EWCA Civ 1373; [2003] QB 658; [2003] 2 WLR 80; [2003] EMLR 39 14/10/2002

Mills v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1384 (QB) 05/07/2002

Gregson v Channel Four Television

[2002] EWCA Civ 941 04/07/2002

Cook & Carlton Communications Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 1070 (QB) 21/05/2002

Campbell v MGN Ltd (QBD)

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

Kiam v MGN Ltd

[2002] EWCA Civ 43; [2003] QB 281; [2002] 2 All ER 219; [2002] 3 WLR 1036 28/01/2002

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (Nos. 2-5)

[2001] EWCA Civ 1805; [2002] QB 783; [2002] 2 WLR 640; [2002] 1 All ER 652; [2002] EMLR 241 05/12/2001

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others

[2001] 1 WLR 292 20/07/2001

Thomas v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2001] EWCA Civ 1233; [2002] EMLR 78 18/07/2001

Re Gracie Attard

14 June 2001/23 Oct 2001 14/06/2001

Elite Model Agency v BBC

24/05/2001 24/05/2001

Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd and others (No. 4)

[2001] EMLR 898 27/04/2001

Trinity Mirror plc & Another v Punch Ltd

19/07/2000 19/07/2000

Dwek v Macmillan Publishers Ltd & Others

[1999] EWCA Civ 2002; [2000] EMLR 284 28/07/1999

Re L (a minor)

[1988] 1 All ER 418 03/07/1987

Trade Marks

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 583; [2007] FSR 29; (2007) HRLR 33; (2007) BusLR 1456; (2007) 97 BMLR 1; (2007) 30(8) IPD 30052; The Times, 27 June 2007 20/06/2007

Publications

Supporting a free press and high standards – approaches to Regulation

By Desmond Browne QC. 13 Oct 2011

The PCC Time for last rites?

By Desmond Browne QC. 6 Sep 2011

Now we know what they are, where do we go from here?

By Desmond Browne QC. 6 Aug 2011

Libel Reform - Common law development or statutory codification?

By Desmond Browne QC. 15 Jul 2010

Kiss & Tell Stories and Snatched Photographs

By Desmond Browne QC. 20 May 2008

Article 8: The use of private correspondence in claims for ancillary relief

By Desmond Browne QC. 10 May 2008

Libel and Publication in the Public Interest

By Desmond Browne QC. 2 Dec 2005

Recent Practical Issues in Defamation

By Desmond Browne QC. 26 Jan 2005

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Desmond Browne QC. 17 Oct 2002

News

24 Oct 2013

Costs in defamation and privacy proceedings

MoJ consultation open until 8 November 2013

31 Jul 2013

Former Tory Treasurer awarded £180,000 against Sunday Times

Peter Cruddas wins libel and malicious falsehood action over Insight's 'cash-for-access' sting

19 Apr 2013

CJC report on defamation costs published

Report makes recommendations for costs protection in future defamation and privacy proceedings following changes to the CFA regime. Desmond Browne QC and Chloe Strong form part of the Working Group.

12 Apr 2013

5RB silks at 2013 Oxford International Media Moot

Browne, Page and Warby are Price Court judges

4 Feb 2013

Peter Cruddas awarded £45k for breach of election law libel

Former Tory treasurer vindicated after Tweets dared him to sue.

4 Sep 2012

Libel dispute settled by arbitration

Royal hairdresser withdraws threat to sue Daily Telegraph

12 Jul 2012

Tulisa’s ex admits uploading sex film

Star's former boyfriend finally owns up to publication of sex tape

21 May 2012

Leveson Inquiry

Availability of 5RB counsel

30 Mar 2012

Tulisa obtains injunction

X Factor judge restrains publication of sex tape

23 Mar 2012

5RB silks judge Oxford media moot

Price International Media Law moot 2012

8 Dec 2011

Summary judgment for ex-MP

Election campaign newsletter claim succeeds

28 Oct 2011

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Adam Wolanski wins Defamation and Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year

26 Oct 2011

Radio Four’s Unreliable Evidence on trial by media

Desmond Browne QC and others - discussion airs tonight at 8pm

27 Sep 2011

‘Truly experts’

The Legal 500 review 2012

30 Aug 2011

Saudi businessman awarded £175,000 libel damages

Award ensures maximum vindication

23 Jun 2011

Defamation Bill Committee update

Joint Committee hears evidence from 5RB's Heads of Chambers

21 Jun 2011

Launch of Early Resolution CIC

New arbitration service for libel disputes

20 May 2011

Committee reports on super-injunctions

Committee chaired by Lord Neuberger MR publishes findings on superinjunctions, anonymity and open justice

31 Mar 2011

Met Police fail to stop phone hacking libel claim

Allegations of dishonesty against senior officers ruled out

9 Mar 2011

Appeal judge receives libel apology

Telegraph apologises to Lord Justice Sedley for publishing false allegations over handling of care home case

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

14 Oct 2010

Binyam Mohamed injunction refused

Attempt to restrain publication of former Guantanamo Bay inmate's grant of leave to remain in the UK fails

24 Mar 2010

Libel Working Group report published

Reforms proposed for internet publication, public interest publications and 'libel tourism'

10 Mar 2010

Berezovsky wins libel action

Eady J awards 150,000 GBP over Litvinenko murder claims

28 Jan 2010

Libel law reform panel announced

Desmond Browne QC appointed to government working group

8 Jan 2010

Desmond Browne returns to 5RB

Joint head of chambers back in full-time practice after year as Chairman of the Bar

18 Dec 2009

BBC apologises to Trafigura

Commodities trader accepts apology, damages and costs

7 Oct 2009

Browne warns of the ‘database state’

Desmond Browne QC addresses Tory conference fringe meeting

24 Sep 2009

Legal 500 2009 review praises 5RB

21 barristers recommended by legal directory in defamation, privacy, media, entertainment and sport

23 Jul 2009

5RB QC named in Top 100 Lawyers

Publication of ‘The Times Law100 2009’

20 Jul 2009

Google held not to be a publisher

Search engine not liable for defamatory search results, rules Eady J

8 Jun 2009

IVF doctor libel case settles

Long running battle over claims made on Panorama programme ends

12 Jan 2009

Desmond Browne QC on Radio 4

5RB joint head discusses media rights

19 Dec 2008

‘Magic Alex’ libel claims reinstated

Jameel abuse of process appeal succeeds

4 Dec 2008

Cab rank rule ‘fundamental’ to independent Bar

5RB's Desmond Browne QC interviewed in The Times ahead of inaugural speech

11 Nov 2008

QCs defend judge in privacy row

Paul Dacre's criticisms do 'not bear proper examination', say leading silks

26 Sep 2008

5RB wins Chambers and Partners award

Set named ‘2008 Defamation and Privacy Set of the Year’ at Chambers Bar Awards

3 Sep 2008

Publisher settles Warren libel action

Boxing Promoter to receive £115,000 from Random House for Ricky Hatton book

16 Jul 2008

Warren wins offer of amends appeal

Court of Appeal rejects Random House’s justification bid in Ricky Hatton libel case

3 Jun 2008

Rooney book libel case settles

Everton manager accepts apology and damages over 'leak' allegations

20 May 2008

Kiss ‘n’ tell and snatched photos

Desmond Browne QC delivers key speech at Specialist Bar Associations' seminar

23 Apr 2008

OFT pays out over milk pricing investigation

Morrisons accepts £100,000 over defamatory press release

12 Mar 2008

Bid to injunct Channel 4 fails

Interview with Equatorial Guinea coup attempt 'manager' is broadcast

13 Feb 2008

Danish newspaper apologises to bank

Anglo-Icelandic bank accepts libel damages for internet publications

14 Nov 2007

Northern Rock granted injunction against Financial Times

Further reporting of confidential documents prohibited

8 Nov 2007

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

20 Barristers rated and recommended in the new annual survey

9 Oct 2007

Vice Chairman of Bar announced

Desmond Browne QC to take up post in January 2008

20 Sep 2007

5RB tops Legal 500

20 Barristers rated and recommended in Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Sport and Media & Entertainment Law

16 Jul 2007

Paul McKenna suffers costs loss

Daily Mirror awarded costs of dropped malice allegations

29 Mar 2007

WPP libel and privacy case settles

Sir Martin Sorrell accepts £120,000 in damages

14 Mar 2007

WPP libel and privacy trial begins

Sir Martin Sorrell claims former WPP consultant responsible for blog and email

14 Dec 2006

New blow for kiss and tell?

McKennitt v Ash: Court of Appeal hands down judgment in major privacy case

21 Nov 2006

Privacy case in the Court of Appeal

McKennitt v Ash appeal begins today

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

28 Jul 2006

Paul McKenna wins ‘bogus’ PhD case

Daily Mirror's justification defence in libel trial fails

23 Jun 2006

Sir Elton fails in injunction bid

Court declines to bar photos of star in street

26 May 2006

Boris Berezovsky wins £50,000

Libel jury awards damages against Mikhail Fridman for false threats allegation

24 Feb 2006

Court of Appeal hears Turner appeal

Turner argues for a higher award of compensation

10 Feb 2006

Prince of Wales case in Court again

Media challenge confidentiality in Mail on Sunday litigation

2 Dec 2005

Law for Journalists Conference 2005

5RB's Desmond Browne QC addresses annual Press Gazette event

24 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

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

23 Sep 2005

‘Chambers of the Year’ goes to 5RB

5RB wins Chambers & Partners Defamation Set of the Year award

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

16 Sep 2005

5RB nominated for three top awards

Chambers & Partners Annual awards - 22nd September 2005

15 Sep 2005

London hosts MLRC Conference

5RB's Desmond Browne QC to participate in worldwide media law event

16 Jun 2005

PETA resists video footage injunction

US company fails to stop transmission of undercover filming of alleged animal cruelty

24 Jan 2005

Al Rajhi 9/11 claim dismissed

Federal judge clears Saudi bank and criticises 'Golden Chain' document

13 Dec 2004

Douglas v Hello! in the CA

Appeals being heard this week

18 Nov 2004

5RB @ Media Law Conference

Annual Management Forum Conference - 26 January 2005

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

20 Oct 2004

Collins Stewart damages claim trimmed

High Court strikes out part of special damages claim against FT

19 Oct 2004

Don King libel case continues

CA rules England correct forum for Internet libel claim

11 Oct 2004

The new term ahead…

Autumn/Winter 2004 at 5RB

24 Sep 2004

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

15 barristers named as leaders in their field

15 Jul 2004

Farewell to Morland J

Valediction for retiring Judge of the Jury List

1 Jul 2004

Care Home Libel Case Settled

Newspaper and owners agree resolution of claim

3 Nov 2003

Royal Controversy

5RB Instructed


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