Greg Callus

Profile

Greg Callus joined 5RB in April 2015.

Following the closure of the Press Complaints Commission in September 2014, Greg was appointed the inaugural Editorial Complaints Commissioner at the Financial Times. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is particularly interested in conflicts of law and jurisdiction in relation to digital technology.

RECENT WORK 

Defamation

  • Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins [2017] 4 WLR 68 and [2017] WLR(D) 234  – acted for successful claimant (led by William Bennett), securing £24,000 in damages;
  • Keith Singh v Joseph Weayou [2017] EWHC 2101 (QB) – sole counsel for successful claimant, securing over £25,000 damages for libel and malicious falsehood, plus interest and indemnity costs;
  • Vladimir Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service [2016] EWHC 1926 (QB) – sole counsel at trial of meaning before Warby J, now bound for the Court of Appeal in October 2017;
  • Reynolds v Bovey [2015] EWHC 4158 (QB) (resisting permission to appeal a strike-out).

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

  • ZYT & BWE v Associated Newspapers [2015] EWHC 1162 (QB) – junior counsel for the 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.
  • Recently instructed on a number of private law matters involving Image-Based Sexual Abuse (sometimes called ‘Revenge Porn’).

Public & Election Law

  • Tim Ireland v Nadine Dorries [2016] 1 WLR 571 – appeared as junior counsel for Nadine Dorries MP in successful dismissal by the Divisional Court of a Parliamentary election petition;
  • 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;
  • advised on the operation of the Data Protection Act 1998 in the context of voter data at elections;
  • experience of First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) hearings in FOIA matters against the Information Commissioner, Home Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the National Archives.

Criminal/Family Courts (inc. Contempt & Reporting Restrictions)

  • Alcott v Ashworth (No 2) [2016] EWHC 2414 (Fam), acted for the media in successful applications to allow publication of reports of a Hague Convention case in the High Court (Family Division);  
  • R v Peckham – appeared as junior counsel for applicant in application for permission to appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division);
  • R v Hamayoon & Syed (‘the Poppy Terror Trial’) acted for various media organisations (BBC, Associated Newspapers, Times Newspapers, News Group Newspapers) in getting Reporting Restrictions lifted by the Crown Court;
  • R v Dering & ors acted for the BBC in relation to lifting section 4(2) Contempt of Court Act 1981 orders in trials of conjoined fraud conspiracies;
  • advised on reporting restrictions from an International Criminal Tribunal;
  • R v Shaw – resisted a Crown Court witness summons for unbroadcast material on behalf of the BBC;
  • R v Murphy & Smith – acted for The Sun in resisting witness anonymity for Danny Cipriani in the trial of his blackmailers
  • advising on PACE Production Orders, and other methods by which unpublished journalistic material can be sought by the authorities.

Commercial & IP 

  • Cartier & ors v BSkyB & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 658 (now going to the UK Supreme Court) – acted for Open Rights Group (Intervening) in landmark injunctions decision;
  • Harper v Capita (unreported) successfully resisted an Unjust Enrichment claim for recovery of overpaid television licence payments;
  • dispute concerning s.25 Sale of Goods Act 1979 (retention of title clause) in relation to film-set scaffolding;
  • appeals under the Arbitration Act 1996;
  • prevented an auction of trademarked items in breach of licence;
  • resisting enforcement of foreign judgments (recognition at common law);
  • defending a US$500,000 IFTA arbitration over movie rights;
  • trade secrets claim (breach of confidence in relation to commercial competitors).

BEFORE JOINING 5RB

After pupillage in commercial law and arbitration at 20 Essex Street, he 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, he 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, including:

  • Devolution & Public LawRe Agriculture Sector (Wales) Bill [2014] UKSC 43; Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill [2015] UKSC 3; R (ex p. JC) v Central Criminal Court [2014] EWHC 1041 (QB); R (ex p. Lumsdon) v Legal Services Board [2014] EWHC 28 (Admin); Shankaran v Gvt of India & SSHD [2014] EWHC 957; R (ex p. E7) v Azelle Rodney Inquiry [2014] EWHC 452 (Admin).
  • Crime & POCA: R v Ex-Sgt. Blackman [2014] EWCA Crim 1049 (‘Marine A’ murder); Attorney-General’s Reference No. 69 of 2013 [2014] EWCA Crim 188 (‘Whole Life Orders’); R v Xie [2014] EWCA Crim 715 (CCRC referral)R v Hyde [2014] EWCA Crim 713; R v White [2014] EWCA Crim 714; R v Tatham [2014] EWCA Crim 226; Robb v National Crime Agency [2014] EWCA Civ 171.
  • Private Law: IM v AB & LM [2014] EWCA Civ 37 (Mental Capacity Act 2005); Your Response v Datateam [2014] EWCA Civ 281 (Liens on Data); Bunge v Nidera [2013] EWCA Civ 1628 (Shipping)

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 based at Nestle UK, then as a management & IT consultant with Accenture UK. He has published two books 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 Scholarship & Alumni Scholarship (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)

Areas of work

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

Featured Cases

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

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

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

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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