Professor Tony Smith

Profile

Known professionally as A.T.H. Smith, Tony is the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge 2015-2016.

Tony was the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Government Relations) at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was also the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law. He remains a Professor of Law at Victoria University.

A Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, he was formerly Cambridge University Professor of Criminal and Public Laws. He is the author or joint author of various books including Arlidge, Eady and Smith on contempt and an acknowledged expert on that area of  law.

Since joining chambers in 2002 he has been involved in a number of notable cases including Douglas v Hello! and Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd..

Tony previously served as a Member of the International Panel of Advisers in the Appeal of Abdulbasset Al Megrahi (Lockerbie) at Camp Zeist, Holland and held positions on the Editorial Boards of the Criminal Law Review, Cambridge Law Journal and Journal of Financial Crime.

He was also Chairman of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools and lectures at Cambridge, City University and in Paris. Tony is an Associate Member of 5RB.

Career

Called

1992 Called to the bar

Education

Education: University of Cambridge, LL. D.
Education: University of Canterbury, New Zealand LL. B., LL. M.
Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Government Relations) at Victoria University of Wellington
Fellow and Tutor, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge - 1973
Reader in Law, University of Durham (Dean of Faculty 1984-5) - 1981-1985
Professor of Law, University of Reading (Head of Department 1998-1990) - 1986-1990
Lecturer and then Reader, University of Cambridge - 1990-1994
University Advocate - 1992-1994
Professor of Law, University of Cambridge (Chairman of Faculty, 1999-2001) - 1996

Qualifications

Bencher of the Middle Temple
Admitted Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand - 1979

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Human Rights
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Privacy and Confidence

Cases

Privacy and Confidence

Financial Times Ltd & Ors v United Kingdom

Application no. 821/03 15/12/2009

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 27/01/2003

Data Protection

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 27/01/2003

Contempt

Financial Times Ltd & Ors v United Kingdom

Application no. 821/03 15/12/2009

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

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

Human Rights

Financial Times Ltd & Ors v United Kingdom

Application no. 821/03 15/12/2009

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 27/01/2003

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

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

Media Law

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 27/01/2003

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

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

Publishing

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

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

Articles

Free Press and Fair Trial: Challenges and Change

By Professor Tony Smith. 23 Mar 2000

The Press, the Courts and the Consititution

By Professor Tony Smith. 23 Mar 1999

News

20 Sep 2017

Middle Temple Visit to Washington DC

3 Members of 5RB speak on Media Law

15 Dec 2009

Interbrew rulings breached Article 10

ECHR rules UK courts violated Convention by ordering source disclosure

24 Nov 2005

New media law titles available

New edition of Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt; new Supplements to Gatley and The Law of Privacy & The Media