Justin Rushbrooke QC

Profile

Justin Rushbrooke joined chambers in 1994 and took silk in 2013. He was consistently listed as a Leading Junior (Band 1) in the ‘Chambers’ and ‘Legal 500’ directories, and was nominated for Junior of the Year (Defamation) in the Chambers 2009 Bar Awards. He has been involved in numerous high profile cases and some of the landmark decisions, at first instance, in the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

His claimant clients have included many well known figures from the worlds of entertainment, the media, sport and politics. Over the years he has acted both for and against nearly all the major newspaper groups. He specialises in defamation, media and entertainment law, in particular corporate libel claims and cases involving the Internet (including disclosure orders) and freezing injunctions; privacy and confidence; contempt; costs/CFAs; and contractual disputes.

He has been a lead author of one of the chapters in The Law of Privacy and The Media (OUP, 2002), and has often spoken and written on media-law related subjects. He is a member of the Bar Council’s working group on the civil litigation reforms currently being implemented by Lord Justice Jackson.

Landmark cases in which he has appeared include:

  • Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe (Reynolds privilege: acting for Mr Jameel at trial and in the Court of Appeal)
  • Polanski v Condé Nast (evidence by VCF: acting for Mr Polanski in the House of Lords)
  • Maccaba v Lichtenstein (acting for the defendant in the ‘indecent proposal’ slander trial, the longest in British legal history)
  • Burstein v Times Newspapers (mitigation of damages: acting for the defendant at trial and in the Court of Appeal)
  • Godfrey v Demon Internet (liability of ISPs: acting for the claimant)
  • Berezovsky v Michaels & Forbes Inc. (jurisdiction: acting for the claimant in the House of Lords)

Other recent and notable cases include:

  • Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (QB, CA pending)
  • Pell v Express Newspapers (2009) (QB, CA)
  • Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News & Media Ltd [2009] EMLR 5

 

Career

Called

1992 Called to the bar
2013 Silk

Education

Harrow School (Open Entrance Scholar)
Balliol College, Oxford University (Open Entrance Scholar in Classics); MA (degrees in Classics and Law) - 1982-1986, 1988
Inns of Court School of Law; Bar Vocational Course - 1990-1991

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Harassment
  • Human Rights
  • Passing off
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Privacy and Confidence

Testimonials

“not afraid to get really stuck into the detail -  he’s a human computer” – Chambers & Partners, 2009 edition

“[one of] the best three juniors at the libel Bar” – The Legal 500, 2009 edition

Languages

French

Featured Cases

Burstein v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 338; [2001] 1 WLR 579; [2001] EMLR 364 20/12/2000

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

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

Godfrey v Demon Internet Ltd

[1999] EWHC QB 240; [1999] 4 All ER 342 23/04/1999

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 74; [2005] QB 904; [2005] 2 WLR 1577; [2005] EMLR 377; [2005] 4 All ER 356; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 9 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

King v Lewis & Others (CA)

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

McManus v Beckham

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

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (Costs)

02/12/2005 02/12/2005

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (HL)

[2005] UKHL 10; [2005] 1 WLR 637; [2005] 1 All ER 945; [2005] EMLR 287; The Times, 11 Feb 2005; The Independent, 16 Feb 2005 10/02/2005

Cases

Defamation

RBOS Shareholders Action Group Ltd v News Group Newspapers Ltd

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

Thornton v Telegraph Group (No. 4)

[2011] EWHC 1884 (QB) 26/07/2011

Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 308 23/03/2011

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 3)

[2011] EWHC 159 04/02/2011

McLaughlin & Ors v London Borough of Lambeth & Khan

[2010] EWHC 2726 (QB) 02/11/2010

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 1414 (QB); [2010] EMLR 25 16/06/2010

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2863 (QB) 12/11/2009

McLaughlin & Ors v Newall

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

Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News & Media Ltd and Rusbridger

[2008] EWHC (QB); [2009] EMLR 5 29/07/2008

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) 24/06/2008

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2008] EWHC 278 (QB); [2009] EMLR 10 19/02/2008

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No. 2)

[2007] EWHC 3028 (QB) 19/12/2007

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 701; [2008] 1 WLR 585; [2007] 4 All ER 330; [2008] EMLR 324; The Times, 18 July 2007 09/07/2007

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2007] EWHC 997 (QB); The Times, 10 May 2007 01/05/2007

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (Costs)

02/12/2005 02/12/2005

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 1219 (QB) 15/06/2005

Milne v David Price Solicitors & Advocates

07/03/2005 07/03/2005

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

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

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (HL)

[2005] UKHL 10; [2005] 1 WLR 637; [2005] 1 All ER 945; [2005] EMLR 287; The Times, 11 Feb 2005; The Independent, 16 Feb 2005 10/02/2005

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 74; [2005] QB 904; [2005] 2 WLR 1577; [2005] EMLR 377; [2005] 4 All ER 356; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 9 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

Jameel (Yousef) v Dow Jones & Co. Inc.

[2005] EWCA Civ 75; [2005] QB 946; [2005] 2 WLR 1614; [2005] EMLR 353; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 10 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

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

Maccaba v Lichtenstein (No 2 – mode of trial)

02/04/2004 02/04/2004

King v Lewis

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

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2004] EWHC 37 (QB); [2004] EMLR 196 20/01/2004

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (CA)

[2003] EWCA Civ 1694; [2004] EMLR 6 26/11/2003

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 2609 (QB) 07/11/2003

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

[2003] EWHC 553 (QB) 20/03/2003

Clarke v Davey

[2002] EWHC 2342 (QB) 08/11/2002

Wilkey & Another v BBC

[2002] EWCA Civ 1561; [2003] 1 WLR 1; [2002] 4 All ER 1177 22/10/2002

McManus v Beckham

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

Gillick v Brook Advisory Centres & Another (No.2)

12/03/2002 12/03/2002

Burstein v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 338; [2001] 1 WLR 579; [2001] EMLR 364 20/12/2000

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another

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

Godfrey v Demon Internet Ltd

[1999] EWHC QB 240; [1999] 4 All ER 342 23/04/1999

Aitken v Preston and Others

[1997] EMLR 415 15/05/1997

Privacy and Confidence

OPQ v BJM & CJM

[2011] EWHC 1059 (QB) 20/04/2011

Ambrosiadou v Coward (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 409 12/04/2011

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

Foreign Jurisdictions

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

General Common Law

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) 24/06/2008

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Harassment

Sharma v Jay & Others

15/04/2003 15/04/2003

Human Rights

McLaughlin & Ors v London Borough of Lambeth & Khan

[2010] EWHC 2726 (QB) 02/11/2010

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (HL)

[2005] UKHL 10; [2005] 1 WLR 637; [2005] 1 All ER 945; [2005] EMLR 287; The Times, 11 Feb 2005; The Independent, 16 Feb 2005 10/02/2005

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 74; [2005] QB 904; [2005] 2 WLR 1577; [2005] EMLR 377; [2005] 4 All ER 356; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 9 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

Jameel (Yousef) v Dow Jones & Co. Inc.

[2005] EWCA Civ 75; [2005] QB 946; [2005] 2 WLR 1614; [2005] EMLR 353; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 10 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

Injunctive Relief

OPQ v BJM & CJM

[2011] EWHC 1059 (QB) 20/04/2011

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) 24/06/2008

Malicious Falsehood

Thornton v Telegraph Group (No. 4)

[2011] EWHC 1884 (QB) 26/07/2011

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 3)

[2011] EWHC 159 04/02/2011

Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News & Media Ltd and Rusbridger

[2008] EWHC (QB); [2009] EMLR 5 29/07/2008

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) 24/06/2008

Media Law

OPQ v BJM & CJM

[2011] EWHC 1059 (QB) 20/04/2011

Ambrosiadou v Coward (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 409 12/04/2011

Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 308 23/03/2011

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 3)

[2011] EWHC 159 04/02/2011

McLaughlin & Ors v London Borough of Lambeth & Khan

[2010] EWHC 2726 (QB) 02/11/2010

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 1414 (QB); [2010] EMLR 25 16/06/2010

Thornton v Telegraph Media Group Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2863 (QB) 12/11/2009

Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News & Media Ltd and Rusbridger

[2008] EWHC (QB); [2009] EMLR 5 29/07/2008

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

[2008] EWHC 1649 (QB) 24/06/2008

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No 3)

[2008] EWHC 278 (QB); [2009] EMLR 10 19/02/2008

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (No. 2)

[2007] EWHC 3028 (QB) 19/12/2007

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2007] EWCA Civ 701; [2008] 1 WLR 585; [2007] 4 All ER 330; [2008] EMLR 324; The Times, 18 July 2007 09/07/2007

Adelson v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2007] EWHC 997 (QB); The Times, 10 May 2007 01/05/2007

Musa King v Telegraph Group Ltd (Costs)

02/12/2005 02/12/2005

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.2)

[2005] EWHC 1219 (QB) 15/06/2005

Milne v David Price Solicitors & Advocates

07/03/2005 07/03/2005

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

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

Polanski v Conde Nast Publications Ltd (HL)

[2005] UKHL 10; [2005] 1 WLR 637; [2005] 1 All ER 945; [2005] EMLR 287; The Times, 11 Feb 2005; The Independent, 16 Feb 2005 10/02/2005

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (No.2) (CA)

[2005] EWCA Civ 74; [2005] QB 904; [2005] 2 WLR 1577; [2005] EMLR 377; [2005] 4 All ER 356; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 9 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

Jameel (Yousef) v Dow Jones & Co. Inc.

[2005] EWCA Civ 75; [2005] QB 946; [2005] 2 WLR 1614; [2005] EMLR 353; The Times 14 Feb 2005; The Independent 10 Feb 2005 03/02/2005

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

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe

[2004] EWHC 37 (QB); [2004] EMLR 196 20/01/2004

Jameel & Another v Wall Street Journal Europe (CA)

[2003] EWCA Civ 1694; [2004] EMLR 6 26/11/2003

Jameel & Another v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 2609 (QB) 07/11/2003

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

[2003] EWHC 553 (QB) 20/03/2003

Wilkey & Another v BBC

[2002] EWCA Civ 1561; [2003] 1 WLR 1; [2002] 4 All ER 1177 22/10/2002

Burstein v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 338; [2001] 1 WLR 579; [2001] EMLR 364 20/12/2000

Berezovsky & Another v Forbes Inc & Another

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

Godfrey v Demon Internet Ltd

[1999] EWHC QB 240; [1999] 4 All ER 342 23/04/1999

Aitken v Preston and Others

[1997] EMLR 415 15/05/1997

Publishing

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

[2003] EWHC 553 (QB) 20/03/2003

Publications

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

By Justin Rushbrooke QC. 19 Sep 2013

Reduced 'uplift's on libel CFAs - why the hurry?

By Justin Rushbrooke QC. 9 Jun 2010

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Justin Rushbrooke QC. 17 Oct 2002

News

19 Sep 2013

Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 published

Guide to the new Act out now

27 Mar 2013

Justin Rushbrooke and Matthew Nicklin take silk

5RB congratulates them both!

31 Jan 2013

Naomi Campbell wins elephant cruelty libel claim

Daily Telegraph pays damages, costs and joins in Statement in Open Court

22 Feb 2012

Telegraph refused permission to appeal in Thornton case

Decision on malice against journalist stands

28 Oct 2011

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Adam Wolanski wins Defamation and Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year

20 Oct 2011

Sunday Times settles Baturina libel claim

Newspaper pays damages, costs and joins in Statement in Open Court

27 Sep 2011

‘Truly experts’

The Legal 500 review 2012

26 Jul 2011

Thornton wins historic libel and malicious falsehood trial

Judge finds book review was malicious; offer of amends defence defeated

25 Mar 2011

Court of Appeal upholds strict liability for innuendo meanings

Elena Baturina’s appeal succeeds, Sunday Times’ cross-appeal allowed in part

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

22 Jul 2010

Pitt & Jolie win ‘false privacy’ case

News of the World agrees to apologise and pay damages

16 Jul 2010

Amazon reviews case settles

Historian apologises and pays damages and costs over critical book reviews he posted under a pseudonym

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

24 Nov 2008

Accountant wins ‘IVA Council’ claim

Insolvency practitioner obtains apology and damages over mis-selling allegations

16 Sep 2008

Tesco accepts Guardian apology

Newspaper makes front-page apology and payment to charity to settle libel claim

19 Mar 2008

Adelson accepts apology, damages

Associated Newspapers apologises to US entrepreneur and settles libel claim

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

11 Oct 2006

Wall St Journal wins Reynolds case

House of Lords allows appeal in important restatement of the public interest privilege defence

27 Sep 2006

5RB tops Legal 500 survey

Twenty barristers recommended across core practice areas

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

6 May 2005

Lords to hear Jameel Appeal

Reynolds test and presumption of damage to be reviewed

7 Apr 2005

Smith & Collins Stewart win libel action

Dale Langley & Co make statement in open court

14 Mar 2005

Milne liable for CFA costs

Costs Judge orders solicitor Andrew Milne to pay David Price's costs under CFA

10 Feb 2005

Polanski Appeal Allowed

House of Lords permits video link evidence in Vanity Fair libel trial

3 Feb 2005

Wall Street Journal appeal dismissed

Rejection of Reynolds privilege upheld but Dow Jones wins Internet appeal

29 Nov 2004

Jameel Appeals in the CA

Challenge to presumption of damage in defamation

18 Nov 2004

Polanski in the Lords

Director appeals CA refusal of video link evidence

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

25 Jun 2004

Maccaba loses ‘Indecent Proposal’ Case

Longest-running slander claim ends in defeat

20 Sep 2003

Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003

5RB give series of talks


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