Jonathan Barnes

Profile

Jonathan is a specialist in media and information law. He has a broader background in commercial litigation and arbitration, including sports disputes. He regularly advises on urgent reputation, privacy and confidence issues, sometimes extending to harassment and often involving the Internet or other forms of electronic communication, if not the traditional print or broadcast media as well. He is the author of the chapter on data protection in The Law of Privacy and the Media, OUP, 2nd edition (2011) and 3rd edition (forthcoming), and co-wrote two chapters for Blackstone’s Guide to The Defamation Act 2013.

His notable cases range from a chancery division injunction dispute over the comparative advertising of pet food supplements, Boehringer Ingelheim v Vetplus, through the JK Rowling pushchair privacy claim of Murray v Express Newspapers, to Rufus v Elliott, an ongoing libel action between two former footballers over the alleged disclosure of a text message. He acted for the claimants in three recent substantial assessments of damages, being the awards of £175,000 and £180,000 libel damages in the two Al Amoudi v Kifle cases (led by Desmond Browne QC), and the awards for libel, misuse of private information and breach of confidence totalling £120,000 in Cooper v Turrell. He was junior counsel for the successful defence in the 2012 blogging libel trial of Mengi v Hermitage. Most recently, Jonathan acted for the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, who shortly before trial in February 2014 secured a high court apology with damages and costs in his libel claim arising from an interview given about him in the wake of his resignation as Secretary of State for Defence.

In addition to his court work, Jonathan has represented clients at the Broadcasting Standards Commission (now OFCOM), the Office of Fair Trading, the Employment Tribunals, in FA arbitration proceedings and in London Metal Exchange arbitration proceedings. He provides pre-publication advice to commercial publishers and others.

Career

Called

1999 Called to the bar

Education

University College, Oxford, BA(Hons), Jurisprudence, 1990

Qualifications

Former solicitor, admitted 1993
Deputy District Judge
MCIArb

Areas of work

  • Arbitration
  • Contempt
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Freedom of Information
  • Harassment
  • Human Rights
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Access
  • Publishing
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Sports Law

Testimonials

“…exceptionally talented, dedicated and thorough”
Legal 500, 2012

“encapsulates everything that a good libel lawyer should be”
Chambers & Partners, 2012-3

“Fantastic to work with, he’s practical, and has an in-depth knowledge of his field
“He has a keen eye for detail and the ability to provide insightful input”
Chambers & Partners, 2013-4

Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners: leading junior in defamation and privacy
Legal Business: legal expert in defamation

 

Memberships

Evening legal advisor, North Islington Law Centre, 1996 - 1999
Night lawyer, Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2001 - 2002
Bar Pro Bono Unit: panel counsel and case reviewer
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member, Advanced Certificate
JUSTICE

Cases

Defamation

Fox v Boulter (disclosure)

[2013] EWHC 4012 (QB) 18/12/2013

Rufus v Elliott

[2013] EWHC 3355 (QB) 01/11/2013

Fox v Boulter

[2013] EWHC 1435 (QB) 05/06/2013

Al Amoudi v Kifle

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

Andrew James Enforcement Ltd v ITV PLC

[2012] EWHC 3503 (QB); LTL AC9301179 30/11/2012

Mengi v Hermitage (No 2)

[2012] EWHC 3445 (QB) 30/11/2012

Mengi v Hermitage (security for costs appeal)

[2012] EWHC 2045 (QB) 20/07/2012

Cooper v Turrell

[2011] EWHC 3269 (QB) 12/12/2011

Al-Amoudi v Kifle

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

McLaughlin & Ors v Newall

[2009] EWHC 1925 (QB) 31/07/2009

Briscoe Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton Ltd & Anr, Associated Newspapers Limited (non-party)

[2008] EWHC 2852 (QB) 21/11/2008

Club La Costa (UK) PLC v (1) Toby Gebhard (2) Inventory Solutions (UK) Limited

[2008] EWHC 2552 (QB); [2008] WLR (D) 332 24/10/2008

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

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 26/04/2007

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

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

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

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

Bunt v Tilley & Others

[2006] EWHC 407 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 1243; [2006] 3 All ER 336; [2006] EMLR 523 10/03/2006

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others

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

Creative Resins International Ltd v Glasslam Europe Ltd & Others

[2005] EWHC 777 (QB) 03/05/2005

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 983; [2004] EMLR 665 21/07/2004

Foster & Another v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2002] EWHC 1885 (QB) 13/09/2002

McManus v Beckham

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

Privacy and Confidence

Cooper v Turrell

[2011] EWHC 3269 (QB) 12/12/2011

BBC v HarperCollins Publishers Limited & Ors

[2010] EWHC 2424 (Ch) 04/10/2010

The Author of a Blog v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2009] EWHC 1358 (QB) 16/06/2009

Briscoe Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton Ltd & Anr, Associated Newspapers Limited (non-party)

[2008] EWHC 2852 (QB) 21/11/2008

Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 446; [2008] 3 WLR 1360; [2008] EMLR 399; [2008] EHRR 736; [2008] 2 FLR 599; [2008] HRLR 33; [2008] UKHRR 736; The Times, 12 May 2008 07/05/2008

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

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

Murray v Express Newspapers plc & Another

[2007] EWHC 1908 (Ch); [2007] EMLR 583; [2007] 3 FCR 331; [2007] HRLR 44; [2007] UKHRR 1322; [2007] Fam Law 1073; (2007) 157 NLJ 1199; (2008) 1 FLR 704; The Times, 4 October 2007 07/08/2007

RWD Technologies Ltd v Gibbs & Others

[2002] 8 CL 42 12/12/2001

Sports Law

Rufus v Elliott

[2013] EWHC 3355 (QB) 01/11/2013

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

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 26/04/2007

Psychology Press Limited v Nelson Thornes Limited & Another

[2002] EWHC 1205 (QB) 19/06/2002

RWD Technologies Ltd v Gibbs & Others

[2002] 8 CL 42 12/12/2001

Data Protection

Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 446; [2008] 3 WLR 1360; [2008] EMLR 399; [2008] EHRR 736; [2008] 2 FLR 599; [2008] HRLR 33; [2008] UKHRR 736; The Times, 12 May 2008 07/05/2008

Murray v Express Newspapers plc & Another

[2007] EWHC 1908 (Ch); [2007] EMLR 583; [2007] 3 FCR 331; [2007] HRLR 44; [2007] UKHRR 1322; [2007] Fam Law 1073; (2007) 157 NLJ 1199; (2008) 1 FLR 704; The Times, 4 October 2007 07/08/2007

Pre-publication Advice

Briscoe Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton Ltd & Anr, Associated Newspapers Limited (non-party)

[2008] EWHC 2852 (QB) 21/11/2008

Contempt

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

[2002] EWCA Civ 274; [2002] EMLR 446; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 229 08/03/2002

Copyright

RWD Technologies Ltd v Gibbs & Others

[2002] 8 CL 42 12/12/2001

Foreign Jurisdictions

Mengi v Hermitage (No 2)

[2012] EWHC 3445 (QB) 30/11/2012

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

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

General Common Law

Fayed v BBC

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

Harassment

Bunt v Tilley & Others

[2006] EWHC 407 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 1243; [2006] 3 All ER 336; [2006] EMLR 523 10/03/2006

Human Rights

Mengi v Hermitage (No 2)

[2012] EWHC 3445 (QB) 30/11/2012

Mengi v Hermitage (security for costs appeal)

[2012] EWHC 2045 (QB) 20/07/2012

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

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

Psychology Press Limited v Nelson Thornes Limited & Another

[2002] EWHC 1205 (QB) 19/06/2002

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

[2002] EWCA Civ 274; [2002] EMLR 446; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 229 08/03/2002

Injunctive Relief

Cooper v Turrell

[2011] EWHC 3269 (QB) 12/12/2011

BBC v HarperCollins Publishers Limited & Ors

[2010] EWHC 2424 (Ch) 04/10/2010

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

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 26/04/2007

Fayed v BBC

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

Psychology Press Limited v Nelson Thornes Limited & Another

[2002] EWHC 1205 (QB) 19/06/2002

RWD Technologies Ltd v Gibbs & Others

[2002] 8 CL 42 12/12/2001

Malicious Falsehood

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

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 26/04/2007

Media Law

Fox v Boulter (disclosure)

[2013] EWHC 4012 (QB) 18/12/2013

Rufus v Elliott

[2013] EWHC 3355 (QB) 01/11/2013

Al Amoudi v Kifle

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

Andrew James Enforcement Ltd v ITV PLC

[2012] EWHC 3503 (QB); LTL AC9301179 30/11/2012

Cooper v Turrell

[2011] EWHC 3269 (QB) 12/12/2011

BBC v HarperCollins Publishers Limited & Ors

[2010] EWHC 2424 (Ch) 04/10/2010

The Author of a Blog v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2009] EWHC 1358 (QB) 16/06/2009

Briscoe Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton Ltd & Anr, Associated Newspapers Limited (non-party)

[2008] EWHC 2852 (QB) 21/11/2008

Club La Costa (UK) PLC v (1) Toby Gebhard (2) Inventory Solutions (UK) Limited

[2008] EWHC 2552 (QB); [2008] WLR (D) 332 24/10/2008

Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 446; [2008] 3 WLR 1360; [2008] EMLR 399; [2008] EHRR 736; [2008] 2 FLR 599; [2008] HRLR 33; [2008] UKHRR 736; The Times, 12 May 2008 07/05/2008

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

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

Murray v Express Newspapers plc & Another

[2007] EWHC 1908 (Ch); [2007] EMLR 583; [2007] 3 FCR 331; [2007] HRLR 44; [2007] UKHRR 1322; [2007] Fam Law 1073; (2007) 157 NLJ 1199; (2008) 1 FLR 704; The Times, 4 October 2007 07/08/2007

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

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

Al Amoudi v Brisard & Another

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

Bunt v Tilley & Others

[2006] EWHC 407 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 1243; [2006] 3 All ER 336; [2006] EMLR 523 10/03/2006

Wakefield v Channel Four Television & Others

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

Creative Resins International Ltd v Glasslam Europe Ltd & Others

[2005] EWHC 777 (QB) 03/05/2005

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 983; [2004] EMLR 665 21/07/2004

Fayed v BBC

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

Foster & Another v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2002] EWHC 1885 (QB) 13/09/2002

Psychology Press Limited v Nelson Thornes Limited & Another

[2002] EWHC 1205 (QB) 19/06/2002

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

[2002] EWCA Civ 274; [2002] EMLR 446; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 229 08/03/2002

Public Law

Fox v Boulter (disclosure)

[2013] EWHC 4012 (QB) 18/12/2013

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

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

Publishing

Andrew James Enforcement Ltd v ITV PLC

[2012] EWHC 3503 (QB); LTL AC9301179 30/11/2012

The Author of a Blog v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2009] EWHC 1358 (QB) 16/06/2009

Briscoe Mitchell v Hodder & Stoughton Ltd & Anr, Associated Newspapers Limited (non-party)

[2008] EWHC 2852 (QB) 21/11/2008

Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 446; [2008] 3 WLR 1360; [2008] EMLR 399; [2008] EHRR 736; [2008] 2 FLR 599; [2008] HRLR 33; [2008] UKHRR 736; The Times, 12 May 2008 07/05/2008

Northern Rock PLC v Financial Times Limited & Others

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

Foster & Another v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2002] EWHC 1885 (QB) 13/09/2002

Psychology Press Limited v Nelson Thornes Limited & Another

[2002] EWHC 1205 (QB) 19/06/2002

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

[2002] EWCA Civ 274; [2002] EMLR 446; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 229 08/03/2002

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

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd & Others v Vetplus Ltd (ChD)

[2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043 26/04/2007

Publications

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

By Jonathan Barnes. 19 Sep 2013

Non-disclosure injunctions - the new landscape

By Jonathan Barnes. 24 Oct 2012

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

By Jonathan Barnes. 17 Mar 2011

Are the hunters becoming the hunted? The role of the paparazzi after recent rulings

By Jonathan Barnes. 19 Nov 2009

Electronic Harassment - Steps to Protect Employees

By Jonathan Barnes. 9 Jul 2007

Join the parties - CPR 5.4

By Jonathan Barnes. 1 Mar 2007

Freedom of Information Act 2000: enhanced access to information

By Jonathan Barnes. 24 Nov 2004

Harry Potter and the John Doe injunction

By Jonathan Barnes. 1 Nov 2003

CPR disclosure and the Data Protection Act 1998

By Jonathan Barnes. 31 Jul 2003

When is a judge not a judge?

By Jonathan Barnes. 1 Jun 2003

Grobbelaar: Pyrrhic victory as libel jury's verdict restored.

By Jonathan Barnes. 1 Feb 2003

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Jonathan Barnes. 17 Oct 2002

Cartoons and the law of libel

By Jonathan Barnes. 1 Jun 2002

News

19 Sep 2013

Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 published

Guide to the new Act out now

31 Oct 2012

5RB Sponsors National Pro Bono Centre

Chambers continues support for Pro Bono work as Bronze Sponsor

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

30 Aug 2011

Saudi businessman awarded £175,000 libel damages

Award ensures maximum vindication

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

2 Sep 2010

Stig injunction refused

Court declines to grant interim injunction restraining book publication

15 Apr 2010

Durand School receives libel apology

Father of trainee teacher joins in High Court apology, pays damages and costs

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

16 Jun 2009

The Times free to identify blog author

Court refuses interim confidence and privacy injunction applications

28 Oct 2008

Lords refuse leave in Murray

Pushchair privacy claim brought by J.K. Rowling's son to proceed to trial

7 May 2008

Pushchair privacy appeal succeeds

CA reinstates photograph claim and says it must proceed to trial

10 Mar 2008

Pushchair privacy case goes to appeal

J.K. Rowling's son seeks to overturn High Court judgment on photograph

14 Nov 2007

Northern Rock granted injunction against Financial Times

Further reporting of confidential documents prohibited

20 Sep 2007

5RB tops Legal 500

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

22 Jun 2007

J. K. Rowling’s son in privacy fight

Photo agency seeks dismissal of claim in relation to pictures of author's child

1 Dec 2006

No retrospective public access to court documents

Law Society secures change to CPR amendments

5 Oct 2006

Court papers access challenge

Media and Law Society in Court over changes to CPR Part 5.4

27 Sep 2006

5RB tops Legal 500 survey

Twenty barristers recommended across core practice areas

12 Jun 2006

Former driving examiner wins £30,000

Claims he 'played the system' completely false

10 Mar 2006

Practical immunity for ISPs confirmed

High Court rules on liability for third party postings on the Web

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

5 Apr 2005

5RB Speaker Updates Disclosure Conference

Disclosure, Evidence and Privilege Conference 2005

24 Nov 2004

Freedom of information update

5RB member to speak at CLT conference

24 Sep 2004

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

15 barristers named as leaders in their field

3 Nov 2003

Royal Controversy

5RB Instructed


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