Greg Callus

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Greg Callus joined 5RB in 2015. He specialises in data protection, privacy and defamation, acting for both claimants and defendants. He also frequently appears at hearings (for the media, but also for parties) concerning reporting restrictions, access to court documents, & the open justice principle.

Before being called to the Bar, Greg was a Fulbright Scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Since the closure of the Press Complaints Commission in September 2014, he has been the Editorial Complaints Commissioner at the Financial Times.

Greg is also an Editor of The White Book (Contempt of Court) as of 2018, and writes a media law column for Press Gazette. He is particularly interested in conflicts of law and jurisdiction in relation to digital technology.

Greg is listed as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 (2017 & 2018) for Defamation & Privacy . He is a Ranked Junior in Chambers & Partners (2017 & 2018) in both Defamation/Privacy and Data Protection.

Follow Greg on Twitter: @Greg_Callus

RECENT WORK 

Defamation

  • Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB); [2017] 4 WLR 68; [2017] EMLR 16; and [2017] EWHC 645 (QB); [2017] 1 WLR 3587  – acted for successful claimant (led by William Bennett) at trial;
  • Keith Singh v Joseph Weayou [2017] EWHC 2101 (QB) – sole counsel at trial for successful claimant, who was awarded damages for libel and malicious falsehood, and indemnity costs;
  • Vladimir Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service [2016] EWHC 1926 (QB) – sole counsel both at trial of preliminary issue before Warby J, and before the Court of Appeal [2017] EWCA Civ 1529; [2018] 4 WLR 13; [2018] 1 Cr App R 15; [2018] EMLR 5;
  • Malaga Cano v Barclay & ors [2017] EWHC 1498 (QB) – sole counsel for 12 defendants, successfully striking out claims in slander, libel, breach of contract, assault & battery;
  • Howard Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland [2017] EWHC 3368 (QB); [2018] EMLR 13 – sole counsel for the claimant in a libel, negligent misstatement and DPA claim. After a CPR 11 application for a stay (forum non conveniens) in favour of the Scottish courts, Sir David Eady gave both parties permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal against his own judgment. Sole counsel for both appeals, heard over 2 days in July 2018;
  • Jake Wallis Simons v Craig Murray – sole counsel for the Claimant, case settled first day of trial before Sir David Eady;
  • Workspace Commerce Ltd v Filis [2018] EWHC 2923 (QB) – sole counsel for the Defendant, successfully resisting an application for an injunction in libel, malicious falsehood, harassment, trespass, breach of confidence and tortious interference with a business.

Data Protection & Privacy: Of those cases heard in open court:

  • ZYT & BWE v Associated Newspapers [2015] EWHC 1162 (QB) – junior counsel for respondents (led by Desmond Browne QC);
  • AQA v Newsquest (unreported) – sole counsel, obtained a without-notice High Court privacy injunction against the media for a witness who was seeking anonymity in relation to a coroner’s inquest;
  • Sarah Ferguson v Mazher Mahmood & News Group Newspapers – instructed for the claimant (led by Andrew Hunter QC & Stephen Ferguson) in a case over the ‘Fake Sheikh’ sting of the Duchess of York;
  • Azra Sabados v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2018] EWHC 2369 (QB) – sole counsel, obtained a Norwich Pharmacal order for the identity of a person alleged to have maliciously procured the deletion of a deceased person’s social media profile;
  • Instructed on a number of civil cases involving Image-Based Sexual Abuse (sometimes called ‘Revenge Porn’), including Chrissy Chambers v DCR & VHP (led by Alexandra Marzec) and Douglas (Administratrix of the Estate of Susanne Hinte) v News Group Newspapers (sole counsel).

Public & Election Law

  • Tim Ireland v Nadine Dorries [2015] EWHC 2781 (QB); [2016] 1 WLR 571 – junior counsel for Nadine Dorries MP (led by Gavin Millar QC) in successful dismissal of a Parliamentary election petition (Divisional Court);
  • R (ex parte Hassan) v BBC [2015] EWHC 4204 (Admin) – appeared as sole counsel for the BBC in resisting an application for Judicial Review of a TV Licensing decision;
  • R (BBC) v Newcastle Crown Court – junior counsel for the BBC (led by Gavin Millar QC) in a Divisional Court judicial review to be heard in Autumn 2018 over the power of the Crown Court to grant journalistic Production Orders under PACE;
  • R (on the application of AP) v London Borough of Haringey – sole counsel, lifted anonymity order for BuzzFeed News UK (Administrative Court);
  • Alexander Perepilichnyy Inquest – sole counsel, application to the Coroner for documents on behalf of BuzzFeed News UK;
  • Actions against public authorities under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and various electoral law matters.

Criminal & Family Courts 

  • Alcott v Ashworth (No 2) [2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam), sole counsel, acted for News Group Newspapers & Times Newspapers Ltd in successful applications to allow publication of reports of a Hague Convention case in the High Court (Family Division);
  • HRH Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma v HRH Tessy, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam); [2018] 2 FLR 280 – sole counsel, acted for Telegraph Media Group Ltd in application to restrict reporting of financial remedies proceedings in the High Court (Family Division);
  • R v Peckham – junior counsel (led by William Hughes QC) in an application for permission to appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division);
  • R v Hamayoon & Syed (‘the Poppy Terror Trial’) acted for media (BBC, Associated Newspapers, Times Newspapers, News Group Newspapers) in lifting Reporting Restrictions (Woolwich Crown Court);
  • R v Dering & ors – acted for the BBC in relation to lifting section 4(2) Contempt of Court Act 1981 orders in linked trials at different Crown Courts (Southwark & Croydon) of conjoined fraud conspiracies;
  • R v Shaw – resisted a witness summons for unbroadcast material on behalf of the BBC (Inner London Crown Court);
  • R v Barnes & Wilkinson – set-aside a witness summons on behalf of the BBC (Central Criminal Court);
  • R v Jones (aka Bennell) – resisting PACE Production Order applications made at-trial against The Guardian and BBC (Liverpool Crown Court);
  • R v Higgins – resisting a s.4(2) order for the BBC (Salisbury Crown Court);
  • R v Ormond – resisting a PACE Production Order application made at trial (Newcastle Crown Court);
  • R v Murphy & Smith – acted for The Sun in resisting witness anonymity for Danny Cipriani in the trial of his blackmailers (Richmond Crown Court).

Commercial & IP 

  • Cartier & ors v British Telecommunications plc [2018] UKSC 28; [2018] 1 WLR 3259; [2018] EMLR 22, on appeal from the Court of Appeal in Cartier & ors v BSkyB & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 658; [2017] 1 All ER 700; [2016] EMLR 23: a landmark injunctions case, concerning the jurisdiction and costs burden in web-blocking injunctions (acting unled for Open Rights Group (Intervener) at both appellate stages);
  • Harper v Capita (unreported) successfully resisted an Unjust Enrichment claim for recovery of overpaid TV licence payments;
  • dispute concerning s.25 Sale of Goods Act 1979 (retention of title clause) in relation to film-set scaffolding;
  • prevented an auction of trademarked items in breach of licence;
  • resisting enforcement of foreign judgments at common law;
  • defending a US$500,000 IFTA arbitration over movie rights;
  • trade secrets claim (breach of confidence by commercial competitors).

BEFORE JOINING 5RB

After pupillage in commercial law at 20 Essex Street, Greg spent a year at the Royal Courts of Justice: first as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the Queen’s Bench Division (the Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson); then as acting Legal Advisor to the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales (the Rt. Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd).

As a Judicial Assistant, Greg supported his judges in leading cases in the UK Supreme Court, both divisions of the Court of Appeal, the Court Martial Appeal Court and Divisional Courts of the Queen’s Bench Division.

Before being called to the Bar, Greg worked full-time through both years of law school at The Guardian. His previous career was in supply chain management, first at Nestle UK, then as a management & IT consultant with Accenture UK. He has published two books as editor on the UK General Elections of 2010 and 2015.

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

  • PhD Scholarship in Law, Ethics & Technology (UCL)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (US-UK Fulbright Commission)
  • Bollinger & Alumni Scholarships (Columbia University)
  • Morrell Studentship in Toleration (University of York)
  • Jenkins Scholarship (UWC Atlantic)

Career

Called

2012 Called to the bar

Education

City University London, GDL & BPTC
Columbia University, MA Journalism
University of York, MA Political Philosophy (distinction)
University of York, BA History & Politics (starred first class honours)

Areas of work

  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Defamation
  • Data Protection
  • Freedom of Information
  • Contempt
  • General Common Law
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Public Law
  • Foreign Jurisdictions
  • Arbitration
  • Administrative Law
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Confidential Information

Testimonials

Legal 500 (2017): “A very impressive junior, who is ferociously bright and carries gravitas in court way beyond his call”

Chambers & Partners (2017): “His advocacy was excellent”;”He’s a knowledgeable data protection counsel who takes no prisoners”; “Wise beyond his years, he’s got good judgement”

Legal 500 (2018): Impossible to understand how a relatively junior barrister possesses so much knowledge”

Chambers & Partners (2018): “He knows the complexities of data law like the back of his hand, and can explain concepts in an accessible way”;”A great enthusiast for the law, who gets stuck into complex legal issues”; “He has incredible academic knowledge and is very confident with solicitors and lay clients”

Featured Cases

HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg v HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg & anor

[2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) 05/12/2017

Malaga-Cano v Barclay & ors

[2017] EWHC 1498 (QB) 30/06/2017

Bukovsky v CPS (CA)

[2017] EWCA Civ 1529 16/10/2017

Keith Singh v Joseph Weayou

[2017] EWHC 2102 (QB) 22/08/2017

Alcott v Ashworth (No. 2)

[2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam) 29/09/2016

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Cartier International AG v BSkyB (CA)

[2016] EWCA Civ 658 19/08/2016

Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland

[2017] EWHC 3368 (QB) 19/01/2018

Cases

Privacy and Confidence

Alcott v Ashworth (No. 2)

[2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam) 29/09/2016

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Intellectual Property

Cartier International AG v BSkyB (CA)

[2016] EWCA Civ 658 19/08/2016

Reporting the Courts

HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg v HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg & anor

[2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) 05/12/2017

Alcott v Ashworth (No. 2)

[2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam) 29/09/2016

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Foreign Jurisdictions

Cartier International AG v BSkyB (CA)

[2016] EWCA Civ 658 19/08/2016

General Common Law

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Human Rights

Alcott v Ashworth (No. 2)

[2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam) 29/09/2016

Injunctive Relief

Alcott v Ashworth (No. 2)

[2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam) 29/09/2016

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Cartier International AG v BSkyB (CA)

[2016] EWCA Civ 658 19/08/2016

Media Law

AQA v Newsquest & ors

n/a 24/08/2016

Trade Marks

Cartier International AG v BSkyB (CA)

[2016] EWCA Civ 658 19/08/2016

Articles

Behind the ballot box - the essential guide to UK elections

By Greg Callus. 6 May 2015

News

11 Jan 2018

Katie Hopkins refused permission to appeal

Sharp LJ refuses PTA against decision of Warby J; also refuses permission in Guise v Shah

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

10 Mar 2017

Jack Monroe wins libel claim against Katie Hopkins

Monroe awarded £24,000 over two tweets

31 Jul 2015

Parliamentary Election Petition dismissed

Divisional Court dismisses Election Petition on grounds of defective service



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