Richard Munden

Profile

Recommended as a leading junior in defamation and privacy by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Richard also specialises in confidential information, harassment, data protection, contempt and reporting restrictions, copyright, and media and entertainment related contractual disputes.

Matters in which Richard has acted include:

  • A wide variety of defamation claims, including:
    • acting for Wayne Rooney and HarperCollins Publishers in the libel claim brought against them by Everton manager David Moyes;
    • Dar Al Arkan & Anor v Al Refai & Ors, a US$500m claim in the Commercial Court for libel, malicious falsehood, breach of confidence, conspiracy and various foreign law claims;
    • acting for former Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas in his successful libel and malicious falsehood claim against the Sunday Times;
    • acting for the operators of the Amazon website in successfully striking out a claim brought by an author over comments in a discussion forum;
    • successfully obtaining damages and apologies from The Spectator and Melanie Phillips over an article libelling the President of the British Muslim Initiative, and from the same magazine for Islam Expo Ltd;
    • Mond v Mason, a successful claim for libel, malicious falsehood and causing loss by unlawful means by a group of accountancy firms involving numerous interlocutory applications;
    • successfully striking out a number of claims brought against the publishers of national and local newspapers, as well as individuals, on a variety of grounds;
    • acting for then Liverpool FC footballer Harry Kewell in his libel claim against Gary Lineker and the Telegraph;
    • acting for businessman Mark Emlick in his successful libel claim against Gulf News;
    • acting for boxing promoter Frank Warren in his successful libel claim against boxer Herbie Hide;
    • acting for defendants in a number of claims concerning postings on websites;
    • acting for dressage trainer Andrew Gould in relation to claims about his relationship with Katie Price; and
    • advising the charity Shelter in relation to a threatened claim over a report into rogue landlords.
  • breach of privacy and confidentiality claims, including:
    • acting in the leading decisions on privacy and freedom of expression,  Von Hannover v Germany (No 2) and Axel Springer v Germany in the European Court of Human Rights, for the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the International Press Institute, and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers;
    • acting for Ian Edmondson, former News of the World Assistant Editor, in the phone hacking litigation and the Leveson Inquiry;
    • acting for numerous celebrities, businesses and individuals in respect of the publication of private and confidential information online and in newspapers and magazines;
    • acting for Associated Newspapers in a privacy and copyright claim brought by Lily Allen; 
    • obtaining injunctions against Google and Facebook in respect of private and confidential information published online;and
    • acting for a child rape victim indirectly identified in a local newspaper.
  • making and resisting applications for injunctions in harassment, including:
  • advising and acting on various copyright matters relating to the music, television and publishing industries, including acting for Aston “Family Man” Barrett (Bob Marley & The Wailers) against Universal-Island Records; for a major football club; and for a well-known entertainer against a national broadcaster;
  • advising upon, and successfully striking out numerous claims brought under, the Data Protection Act;
  • contractual claims involving music management contracts, publishing disputes and a claim relating to a series of popular music documentary films; and
  • professional negligence matters relating to media and entertainment law.

In addition to litigation, Richard also advises national newspapers, journals and book publishers prior to publication.  He has practiced in media and entertainment law at 5RB his entire career, having completed pupillage under the supervision of David Sherborne, Matthew Nicklin, Stephen Bate and Andrew Monson.

Career

Called

2003 Called to the bar

Education

Truro College - 1995 - 1997
University of Warwick, LLB (1st Class Honours) - 1997 - 2001
University of Oxford (St Peter's College), BCL - 2001-2002

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Entertainment Law
  • General Common Law
  • Harassment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Music Law
  • Passing off
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Public Access
  • Publishing
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Sports Law

Testimonials

Leading juniors, Defamation and Privacy
- Legal 500 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Chambers & Partners 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

“Has acted in a very impressive number of defamation claims for someone of his call. Commentators state that he is one to watch for the future, and praise his ability to really get stuck into a case.”
“Very client-friendly and approachable.”
“He doesn’t shy away from hard work.”
- Chambers & Partners 2014

“a notable defamation and privacy junior of whom great things are predicted. Praised for exhibiting sound judgement and coolness under pressure, he is building up quite a practice in this area, and regularly acts for a diverse range of both defendants and claimants”
- Chambers & Partners 2013

“Exceptional”
- Legal 500 2012

“Enthusiastic and hardworking”
- Chambers & Partners 2011

“a lawyer who exudes confidence and maturity Solicitors report that he is “a pleasure to work with due to his enthusiasm and drive.”
-
Chambers & Partners 2010

“A bright and able new star, Richard has helped us on various matters of different disciplines which he has dealt with with ease as he is happy to lead and also ‘muck in’.”
-
Julian Diaz-Rainey, Hill Dickinson LLP

“Excellent. Approachable and thorough in dealing with what was a very sensitive matter.”
- Saadia Khan, Bindmans LLP

“Richard has provided me with excellent advice on a number of defamation cases, always on time and squarely on message in terms of the needs of the client. He’s rightly regarded as a leader in his field and I’d recommend him to anyone.”
- Steve Kuncewicz, Boohoo.com (ex-Gateley LLP)

“An excellent grasp of the law and procedure and turns papers around quickly. Destined for great things.”
- Leszek Werenowski, Werenowski Solicitors

Scholarships etc

Pegasus Scholar 2007 (3 months working in Sydney at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, the New South Wales Supreme Court and Fairfax Media)

Levitt Scholar, Lord Denning Scholar, and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn

Research Associate, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, 2001 – 2002

Oxford Law Society Mooting Champion 2002

 

Memberships

Bar Pro Bono Unit
Human Rights Lawyers Association

Cases

Defamation

Murray v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2014] EWHC 1170 (QB) 15/04/2014

Jackson v Universal Music Operations Ltd

06/02/2014

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Co v Al Refai

[2013] EWHC 1630 (Comm) 12/06/2013

Smith v Dha

[2013] EWHC 838 (QB) 12/04/2013

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Bowker v RSPB

[2011] EWHC 737 (QB) 25/03/2011

Woodbridge v Stapleton

Unreported, 20 January 2011 20/01/2011

Ifedha v Archant Regional Ltd

[2010] EWHC 2819 (QB) 08/11/2010

Islam Expo Ltd v The Spectator (1828) Ltd & Pollard

[2010] EWHC 2011 (QB) 30/07/2010

North London Central Mosque Trust v Policy Exchange & Anor

[2009] EWHC 3311 (QB) 26/11/2009

Noorani v Calver (No 2 Costs)

[2009] EWHC 592 (QB) 25/03/2009

Noorani v Calver (No 1)

[2009] EWHC 561 (QB) 17/03/2009

Hughes v Alan Dick & Co Ltd

[2008] EWHC 2695 (QB) 23/10/2008

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

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

SD Marine Ltd v Powell

[2006] EWHC 3095 (QB) 06/12/2006

Hussein v William Hill

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) 20/01/2006

Intellectual Property

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Reporting the Courts

R v Swansea Crown Court, ex parte BBC

T20077088 22/01/2008

Copyright

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Entertainment Law

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

General Common Law

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Co v Al Refai

[2013] EWHC 1630 (Comm) 12/06/2013

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

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

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Injunctive Relief

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

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

Malicious Falsehood

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Co v Al Refai

[2013] EWHC 1630 (Comm) 12/06/2013

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

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

Media Law

Murray v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2014] EWHC 1170 (QB) 15/04/2014

Wright v Caan

[2011] EWHC 1978 (QB) 27/07/2011

Bowker v RSPB

[2011] EWHC 737 (QB) 25/03/2011

Woodbridge v Stapleton

Unreported, 20 January 2011 20/01/2011

Ifedha v Archant Regional Ltd

[2010] EWHC 2819 (QB) 08/11/2010

Islam Expo Ltd v The Spectator (1828) Ltd & Pollard

[2010] EWHC 2011 (QB) 30/07/2010

North London Central Mosque Trust v Policy Exchange & Anor

[2009] EWHC 3311 (QB) 26/11/2009

Noorani v Calver (No 2 Costs)

[2009] EWHC 592 (QB) 25/03/2009

Noorani v Calver (No 1)

[2009] EWHC 561 (QB) 17/03/2009

Hughes v Alan Dick & Co Ltd

[2008] EWHC 2695 (QB) 23/10/2008

Mond & Ors v Mason & Ors

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

R v Swansea Crown Court, ex parte BBC

T20077088 22/01/2008

SD Marine Ltd v Powell

[2006] EWHC 3095 (QB) 06/12/2006

Hussein v William Hill

[2006] EWHC 25 (QB) 20/01/2006

Music Law

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Publications

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

By Richard Munden. 19 Sep 2013

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

By Richard Munden. 17 Mar 2011

Borrie & Lowe: The Law of Contempt

By Richard Munden. 1 Oct 2010

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

7 Feb 2012

Media victorious in Strasbourg

Grand Chamber rejects Princess Caroline privacy claim; upholds newspaper anonymity complaint

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

20 May 2011

Phone hacking test cases chosen

Five lead and five reserve lead cases to go forward

15 Apr 2011

Phone hacking ‘test’ cases to be tried

Vos J orders parties to identify 4 or 5 cases to go forward to determine common issues in News of the World claims

1 Apr 2011

BBC air series on media law

'See You in Court' documentary series on libel and privacy cases shown on BBC1

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

Second edition of Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media published

25 Nov 2010

Melanie Phillips apologises for libel

Writer and Spectator apologise to Mohammed Sawalha for alleging that he made anti-Semitic statement, pay damages and costs

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

29 Oct 2010

New edition of Borrie & Lowe

Fourth edition of book on the law of contempt published by LexisNexis

28 Aug 2010

Spectator apologises for IslamExpo libel

Publisher and author apologise and pay damages and costs to Islamic exhibition company

21 Apr 2010

Mosque Trust granted permission to appeal

Permission granted to charity to appeal strike out ruling on capacity in libel claim over Policy Exchange 'extremist literature' report

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

27 Jul 2009

Frank Warren wins libel damages

Boxing promoter awarded £35,000 over allegations made by boxer Herbie Hide

23 Mar 2009

Liverpool libel trial collapses

Indemnity costs after claimant discontinues claim over malicious telephone calls

24 Nov 2008

Accountant wins ‘IVA Council’ claim

Insolvency practitioner obtains apology and damages over mis-selling allegations

31 Jul 2008

George Galloway wins libel damages

Respect Party MP awarded £15,000 for radio station's anti-Semitic slur

6 Jun 2008

Job seeker wins Express apology

Mother-of-five accepts libel damages, apology over 'scrounger' slur

3 Jun 2008

Rooney book libel case settles

Everton manager accepts apology and damages over 'leak' allegations

16 Mar 2006

Wailers royalties battle begins

Bob Marley's bass guitarist brings claim against Island Records

4 Oct 2004

5RB Welcomes New Tenants & Pupils

Richard Munden and David Hirst join 5RB