Victoria Jolliffe

Profile

Victoria acts for both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacymalicious falsehood, data protection, harassment, and other media related actions. Named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ 2013 as “a go-to counsel on expanding and critical areas of media law“, she is recommended as a defamation junior in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Victoria has been instructed as a junior in some of the most high profile libel trials of recent years: Mitchell v NGN, Cruddas v Times Newspapers Ltd and Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd.

Acting for claimants she successfully obtained compensation and an apology for a claimant in respect of a publication in a professional journal, and has advised on numerous Offer of Amends cases resulting in substantial damages being obtained by her clients. She obtained judgment for a firm of solicitors who brought a libel action in respect of a posting on the website ‘Solicitors From Hell’: Awdry Bailey Douglas & Anr v Kordowski.

Victoria’s defendant practice includes: acting as junior Counsel for the Evening Standard in a libel action brought by a former Conservative MP:  Lait v Evening Standard Ltd  at first instance and in the Court of Appeal;  acting as sole counsel for the defendant in Buckley v Dalziel, the first case to establish that absolute privilege applies to police witness statements; and as sole counsel for the successful defendant in the abuse of process case: Williams v MGN Ltd . She has successfully struck out numerous libel claims on behalf of her clients and also regularly advises on practical steps online publishers can take to minimise their potential liability.

In addition to her defamation practice, Victoria regularly acts for and advises individuals and companies who are the victims of online campaigns of harassment. She was recently successful in obtaining a final injunction for a school whose pupils had been targeted via an “anonymous” Facebook page.

Victoria has developed a particular speciality in Norwich Pharmacal applications. She also advises on related issues under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Current and recent cases of interest include:

  • obtaining an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for a performing artist touring in the UK
  • securing the removal of her clients identifying details from an article published on a major newspaper’s website
  • acting for a “citizen journalist” defendant facing a £50,000 libel claim in respect of his website: the claimant discontinued after the Defence was served
  • obtaining damages and an apology in relation to a defamatory “tweet”
  • sole counsel for various media clients resisting an application for part of a high profile trial to be heard in private: McKillen v Misland & Ors
  • junior counsel for a newspaper striking out a malicious prosecution claim: Qema v NGN
  • acting as junior counsel for a company against a former employee in relation to defamatory statements in anonymous letters –   Jon Richard v Gornall
  • obtaining an order for disclosure of the identities of anonymous online forum users, and subsequently obtaining an order for inspection of the defendant’s computer server: Patel v Unite

Victoria regularly provides pre-publication advice to newspapers, publishers, magazines and television companies and has advised media clients on election law issues and resisting production order applications under PACE.

In addition to media law, Victoria advises and has acted for the British Horseracing Authority in disciplinary matters.

Victoria is public access accredited and can be instructed directly by members of the public and companies in suitable cases.

Career

Called

2005 Called to the bar

Education

University of Leeds, Bachelor of Broadcasting (First Class)
Nottingham Law School, GDL (Distinction)
BBP Law School BVC (Very Competent)

Areas of work

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

Testimonials

“Has a strong reputation for her adroit handling of libel and privacy claims.” “She’s an absolute pleasure to work with, very supportive and inspires real confidence on tricky cases.” – Chambers & Partners 2016

“Knows the law inside out, and works hard to find avenues not previously considered.” – Legal 500 2016

“Has a growing reputation within the Defamation Bar due to her fine written and advocacy skills…”Cuts to the heart of the issue very quickly and is very responsive.”” – Chambers & Partners 2014

“”calm, composed and capable”…impresses sources as a potential future star of the Defamation Bar” Chambers & Partners 2013

Named as one of The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ 2013

Ranked in Chambers & Partners (Defamation and Privacy) as  “up and coming” in 2009 and as a leading junior (Band 4) in 2010 and 2011, and (Band 3) in 2012 -2016

Ranked as a leading junior – Defamation and privacy – Legal 500 2009 – 2016

Sir Thomas More Bursary – Lincoln’s Inn

Memberships

British Association for Sport and the Law
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Cases

Defamation

Alvaro Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA

[2016] EWHC 66 (QB) 22/01/2016

Cruddas v Calvert (CA)

[2015] EWCA Civ 171 19/03/2015

Donovan v Gibbons

[2014] EWHC 3406 21/10/2014

Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2014] EWHC 2853 (QB) 20/08/2014

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 859; [2011] 1 WLR 2973; [2012] EMLR 4 28/07/2011

Awdry Bailey and Douglas v Kordowski

[2011] EWHC 785 (QB) 01/04/2011

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 3239 (QB) 09/12/2010

Henderson v The London Borough of Hackney & The Learning Trust

[2010] EWHC 1651 (QB) 08/07/2010

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd

[2010] EWHC 642 (QB) 25/03/2010

Williams v MGN Ltd

[2009] EWHC 3150 (QB) 02/12/2009

Kahangi & Ors v Nourizadeh

[2009] EWHC 2451 (QB) 09/10/2009

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Malik v Newspost Ltd & Ors

[2007] EWHC 3063 (QB) 19/12/2007

Buckley v Dalziel

[2007] EWHC 1025 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 2933; [2007] EMLR 624; The Times, 7 June 2007 03/05/2007

Privacy and Confidence

KGM v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2010] EWHC 3145 (QB) 01/12/2010

AMM v HXW

[2010] EWHC 2457 (QB) 07/10/2010

Reporting the Courts

Allen v The Grimsby Telegraph

[2011] EWHC 406 (QB) 02/03/2011

Foreign Jurisdictions

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

General Common Law

Qema v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1146 (QB) 02/05/2012

Injunctive Relief

KGM v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2010] EWHC 3145 (QB) 01/12/2010

AMM v HXW

[2010] EWHC 2457 (QB) 07/10/2010

Malicious Falsehood

Cruddas v Calvert (CA)

[2015] EWCA Civ 171 19/03/2015

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Media Law

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.4)

[2013] EWHC 2298 (QB) 31/07/2013

Cruddas v Calvert & Others (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 1791 (QB) 26/06/2013

Qema v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1146 (QB) 02/05/2012

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (CA)

[2011] EWCA Civ 859; [2011] 1 WLR 2973; [2012] EMLR 4 28/07/2011

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd (No 2)

[2010] EWHC 3239 (QB) 09/12/2010

AMM v HXW

[2010] EWHC 2457 (QB) 07/10/2010

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd

[2010] EWHC 642 (QB) 25/03/2010

Williams v MGN Ltd

[2009] EWHC 3150 (QB) 02/12/2009

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

Malik v Newspost Ltd & Ors

[2007] EWHC 3063 (QB) 19/12/2007

Buckley v Dalziel

[2007] EWHC 1025 (QB); [2007] 1 WLR 2933; [2007] EMLR 624; The Times, 7 June 2007 03/05/2007

Publishing

Mardas v New York Times; Mardas v International Herald Tribune

[2008] EWHC 3135 (QB); [2009] EMLR 8 17/12/2008

News

2 Dec 2015

Sunday Times wins libel claim

Newspaper’s defences upheld in former MP’s action

19 Mar 2015

Cruddas Appeal allowed in part

Damages assessed at £50,000

27 Nov 2014

‘Plebgate’ Judgment

Mitting J: Mitchell said words alleged or similar

31 Oct 2014

5RB tops Chambers & Partners 2015

Set and 19 barristers recommended in UK Bar Guide

31 Jul 2013

Former Tory Treasurer awarded £180,000 against Sunday Times

Peter Cruddas wins libel and malicious falsehood action over Insight's 'cash-for-access' sting

28 Jan 2013

5RB Barrister in The Lawyer’s Hot 100

Victoria Jolliffe named in 2013 list as 'go-to counsel'

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

24 May 2011

Ramsay father-in-law fails in Court of Appeal

Eady J decison to refuse privacy injunction in relation to secret second family upheld

9 Dec 2010

Former MP loses ‘expenses’ libel claim

Evening Standard Ltd succeeds on summary judgment application

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

25 Mar 2010

Expenses MP in libel setback

Aggravated damages principles clarified as Eady J strikes out meanings

3 Dec 2009

Convicted murderer’s libel action fails

Claim struck out as an abuse of process

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

21 Jul 2009

Horseracing inquiry ends with admissions

Krypton Four” penalised for inside information breaches

19 Dec 2008

‘Magic Alex’ libel claims reinstated

Jameel abuse of process appeal succeeds

1 Dec 2008

Fallon and BHA settle their differences

Frank admissions” and assurances leave Jockey clear to ride next September

26 Jun 2008

Ofcom imposes record radio fine

Secret Sound competition costs GCAP £1.11million

8 May 2008

ITV pays £5.6 million price for phone in scandal

Ofcom announces record fine

4 May 2007

Hedge dispute clarifies privilege

Complainants' police witness statements are protected by absolute privilege