William Bennett

Profile

William is a leading specialist in defamation, breach of confidence and privacy law.  Prior to joining 5RB he practised for 18 months as a criminal barrister during which time he gained invaluable experience as an advocate, appearing in court on a daily basis.

NOTABLE CASES

Defamation 

Cambridge v Makin Sole counsel for the Claimant at trial and in the Court of Appeal.  At trial justification, qualified privilege and malice were in issue. The defences failed, malice was proven and the Claimant was awarded £30,000 in damages (in addition to £30,000 already paid by a co-defendant in settlement).  In February 2012 the Court of Appeal upheld the findings of the trial judge.

Gary Flood v Times Newspapers Junior Counsel for the Claimant.  A leading case on Reynolds privilege in which William acted at trial, in the Court of Appeal and finally in the Supreme Court.

Spiller v Joseph Sole counsel for the Claimants in the first defamation case to be heard by the Supreme Court.  Success in the Court of Appeal was followed by defeat in the Supreme Court.  Leading case on the honest comment defence.

Frank Warren v Random House Claimant’s junior in his successful claim against Random House which setlled in his favour following a string of victories at first instance and in the Court of Appeal.

Purnell v Business F1 Magazine Sole counsel for the Claimant at trial and on appeal.  At trial secured a damages award for the Claimant of £75,000, which exceeded the trial judge’s recommended ceiling of £60,000.  Award upheld by the Court of Appeal.

William has also acted for:

  •  the Haringey social worker, Sylvia Henry, in securing favourable settlements against Haringey Council and a number of newspapers in regard to allegations concerning her involvement in the Baby P case;
  • Paramaswaran Subramanyam, the Tamil hunger striker wrongly accused by The Sun and the Daily Mail of eating during a hunger strike;
  • Dominic Raab MP in his claim against the Mail on Sunday over allegations of workplace sexism and bullying, securing a favourable settlement following a failed attempt by the Defendant to strike out the case; and
  • the solicitor Mark Lewis in his claim against the PCC and its Chair, Baroness Buscombe, over allegations relating to the phone hacking scandal.

Privacy/breach of confidence

H v Tomlinson First instance decision refusing to strike out claim in privacy overturned in the Court of Appeal.

KJO v XIM Application to render a spent conviction private further to Article 8 and the Data Protection Act. Claim deemed to be arguable but would have to await trial for determination.

Hutcheson v MGN Acted for MGN in resisting an application by Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law for a privacy injunction.

Margetson v NGN and Paul Gascoigne v NGN Successful mixed privacy and defamation claims against The Sun.

Carina Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ongoing claim in privacy and for harassment against the Daily Mail.

Peter Abbey v Associated Newspapers Ongoing case concerning publication of emails in breach of confidence.

Phone hacking Currently acting for a number of phone hacking claimants. Acted for Kieren Fallon and Tracey Temple as junior counsel prior to their cases settling in the week before trial.  Currently acting for, among others, Paul Burrell.

ADDITIONAL FACTS

In 2010 William gave presentations to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the current state of English defamation law and to the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies on jurisdiction/applicable law in defamation claims.

The Solicitors Journal has published his articles on defamation law reform: Think Again and The Jury’s Out.

In 2011 he wrote the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee’s paper submitted to Parliament in regard to the formulation of the Defamation Bill.

He appeared in two editions of the BBC documentary series See You in Court regarding his involvement in the case of Paramaswaran Subramanyam, the Tamil hunger striker, and advising Lembit Opik not to sue theSunday Times columnist Rod Liddle.

Panellist with David Aaronovitch, Peter Oborne and David Allen Green at the Frontline Club in a discussion re Celebrities, super-injunctions and phone hacking.

William has appeared on Sky News on several occasions in order to discuss privacy injunctions.

He is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Career

Called

1994 Called to the bar

Education

Bancroft's School - 1975-1982
The University of Liverpool, BA History (incl.sabbatical year as President of the Students' Union) - 1983-1987
Common Professional Examination (College of Law) - 1992-1993
Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law) - 1993-94

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Mediation
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Reporting the Courts

Testimonials

Demonstrates real strength in all he does.  He is self-reliant, fearless and an amazing one-man band when he needs to be.

A strongly analytical barrister who is very good with clients.  He is known for his efficient, results-oriented approach.

A confident advocate.

Capable of running things without hand-holding.

Thinks outside the box.

A dynamic character.

Precise and analytical, distilling facts easily.

Chambers & Partners & Legal 500 2008 – 2011

William’s approach to the claim was 1st class throughout.  He was cheerful, unpretentious, readily available when called upon and able to respond to the actions of an unpredictable opposition.  At trial his strategy and straight-forward manner ensured that the client’s case was perfectly presented.  I am continuing to instruct William and hope that we can remain a successful team.

Dominic Crossley – Partner, Collyer Bristow

Consistently recommended as a leading defamation junior in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Cases

Defamation

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (No.3)

[2013] EWHC 4075 (QB) 19/12/2013

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

Mark Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

[2012] EWHC 1391 (QB) 25/05/2012

Flood v Times Newspapers Limited (SC)

[2012] UKSC 11 21/03/2012

Cambridge v Makin

[2012] EWCA Civ 85 09/02/2012

Dell’Olio v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3272 (QB) 20/12/2011

Dominic Raab MP v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3375 (QB) 15/12/2011

Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

[2011] EWHC 781 (QB) 31/03/2011

Jan Cambridge v Guillermo Makin

[2011] EWHC 12(QB) 12/01/2011

Spiller v Joseph

[2010] UKSC 53 01/12/2010

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 804; [2010] EMLR 26; [2010] HRLR 30; Times, July 27, 2010 13/07/2010

Joseph & others v Spiller & another

[2009] EWCA Civ 1075 22/10/2009

RFS Capital LLC & RFS Capital BV v MD7 Europe & Michael Gianni

06/10/2009 06/10/2009

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2375 (QB); [2010] EMLR 8 02/10/2009

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (Third Party Disclosure)

[2009] EWHC 411 (QB); [2009] EMLR 18 05/03/2009

H v Tomlinson

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 12/11/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Jones v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2007] EWHC 1489 (QB); [2008] 1 AllER 240; [2008] EMLR 6 25/06/2007

Purnell v F1 Business Magazine Ltd & Another

[2007] EWCA Civ 744; [2008] 1 WLR 1 18/04/2007

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2) (Costs)

[2006] EWHC 3275 (QB) 20/12/2006

Radu v Houston & Another (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1575; The Times, 1 January 2007 22/11/2006

Loughton Contracts Plc v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1224 (QB) 25/05/2006

Purnell v Business F1 Magazine Ltd & Another

14/03/2006 14/03/2006

Radu v Houston & Another

[2006] EWHC 231 (QB) 07/03/2006

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 50 (QB) 26/01/2006

Nail v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1708; [2005] 1 All ER 1040; [2005] EMLR 257; The Times 6 Jan 2005; The Independent 14 Jan 2005 20/12/2004

Wood v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1638; [2005] EMLR 449; The Times, 13 December 2004 08/12/2004

Milne v Express Newspapers (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 664; [2005] 1 WLR 772; [2005] 1 All ER 1021; [2004] EMLR 461 27/05/2004

Nail v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others (QBD)

[2004] EWHC 647 (QB); [2004] EMLR 362 26/03/2004

Lennon v Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail

[2004] EWHC 359 (QB); [2004] EMLR 332 02/03/2004

Wood v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

[2003] EWHC 2971 (QB), [2004] EMLR 310 08/12/2003

Milne v Express Newspapers (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1843 (QB) 10/07/2003

Harrods Ltd v Dow Jones & Co Inc

[2003] EWHC 1162 (QB) 22/05/2003

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

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

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Milne v Express Newspapers (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 2564 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 927; [2003] 1 All ER 482; [2003] EMLR 440 29/11/2002

Fayed v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1631 (QB) 24/07/2002

Alexander v Arts Council of Wales

[2001] EWCA Civ 514; [2001] 1 WLR 1840; [2001] EMLR 713; [2001] 4 All ER 205 09/04/2001

Milne v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2001] EMLR 760 02/02/2001

Holley v Smyth

[1998] QB 726; [1998] 2 WLR 742; [1998] 1 All ER 853 04/12/1997

Broxton v McClelland (No.2)

[1996] EWCA Civ 955; [1997] EMLR 157 14/11/1996

Broxton v McClelland

[1995] EMLR 485 30/01/1995

Privacy and Confidence

AVB v TDD

[2014] EWHC 1442 (QB) 12/05/2014

AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2013] EWCA Civ 554 20/05/2013

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

KGM v News Group Newspapers Ltd

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

H v Tomlinson

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 12/11/2008

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

Sports Law

Lennon v Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail

[2004] EWHC 359 (QB); [2004] EMLR 332 02/03/2004

Data Protection

Quinton v Peirce & Cooper

[2009] EWHC 912 (QB); [2009] FSR 17 30/04/2009

Reporting the Courts

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

R v Burrell

20/12/2004 20/12/2004

Contempt

R v Burrell

20/12/2004 20/12/2004

Copyright

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Foreign Jurisdictions

Lennon v Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail

[2004] EWHC 359 (QB); [2004] EMLR 332 02/03/2004

Harrods Ltd v Dow Jones & Co Inc

[2003] EWHC 1162 (QB) 22/05/2003

General Common Law

AVB v TDD

[2014] EWHC 1442 (QB) 12/05/2014

Harassment

AVB v TDD

[2014] EWHC 1442 (QB) 12/05/2014

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Human Rights

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1296 (QB) 24/05/2012

Dell’Olio v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3272 (QB) 20/12/2011

H v Tomlinson

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 12/11/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

R v Burrell

20/12/2004 20/12/2004

Holley v Smyth

[1998] QB 726; [1998] 2 WLR 742; [1998] 1 All ER 853 04/12/1997

Injunctive Relief

AVB v TDD

[2014] EWHC 1442 (QB) 12/05/2014

KGM v News Group Newspapers Ltd

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

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

Holley v Smyth

[1998] QB 726; [1998] 2 WLR 742; [1998] 1 All ER 853 04/12/1997

Malicious Falsehood

Quinton v Peirce & Cooper

[2009] EWHC 912 (QB); [2009] FSR 17 30/04/2009

Media Law

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Qadir v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 2606 (QB); [2013] EMLR 15 05/10/2012

Flood v Times Newspapers Limited (SC)

[2012] UKSC 11 21/03/2012

Cambridge v Makin

[2012] EWCA Civ 85 09/02/2012

Dell’Olio v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3272 (QB) 20/12/2011

Dominic Raab MP v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2011] EWHC 3375 (QB) 15/12/2011

Lewis v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

[2011] EWHC 781 (QB) 31/03/2011

Spiller v Joseph

[2010] UKSC 53 01/12/2010

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 804; [2010] EMLR 26; [2010] HRLR 30; Times, July 27, 2010 13/07/2010

Joseph & others v Spiller & another

[2009] EWCA Civ 1075 22/10/2009

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd

[2009] EWHC 2375 (QB); [2010] EMLR 8 02/10/2009

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd (Third Party Disclosure)

[2009] EWHC 411 (QB); [2009] EMLR 18 05/03/2009

H v Tomlinson

[2008] EWCA Civ 1258 12/11/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Jones v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2007] EWHC 1489 (QB); [2008] 1 AllER 240; [2008] EMLR 6 25/06/2007

Purnell v F1 Business Magazine Ltd & Another

[2007] EWCA Civ 744; [2008] 1 WLR 1 18/04/2007

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd (No.2) (Costs)

[2006] EWHC 3275 (QB) 20/12/2006

Radu v Houston & Another (CA)

[2006] EWCA Civ 1575; The Times, 1 January 2007 22/11/2006

John v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1611 (QB); [2006] EMLR 772 23/06/2006

Loughton Contracts Plc v Dun & Bradstreet Ltd

[2006] EWHC 1224 (QB) 25/05/2006

Purnell v Business F1 Magazine Ltd & Another

14/03/2006 14/03/2006

Tierney v News Group Newspapers Ltd

[2006] EWHC 50 (QB) 26/01/2006

Nail v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 1708; [2005] 1 All ER 1040; [2005] EMLR 257; The Times 6 Jan 2005; The Independent 14 Jan 2005 20/12/2004

R v Burrell

20/12/2004 20/12/2004

Milne v Express Newspapers (CA)

[2004] EWCA Civ 664; [2005] 1 WLR 772; [2005] 1 All ER 1021; [2004] EMLR 461 27/05/2004

Nail v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others (QBD)

[2004] EWHC 647 (QB); [2004] EMLR 362 26/03/2004

Lennon v Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail

[2004] EWHC 359 (QB); [2004] EMLR 332 02/03/2004

Milne v Express Newspapers (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1843 (QB) 10/07/2003

Harrods Ltd v Dow Jones & Co Inc

[2003] EWHC 1162 (QB) 22/05/2003

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

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

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Milne v Express Newspapers (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 2564 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 927; [2003] 1 All ER 482; [2003] EMLR 440 29/11/2002

Fayed v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1631 (QB) 24/07/2002

Milne v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2001] EMLR 760 02/02/2001

Professional Negligence

Brinn & Jarvis v Russell Jones & Walker (a firm)

[2002] EWHC 2727 (QB); [2003] PNLR 16 12/12/2002

Publishing

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (Nos.1-3) (CA)

[2008] EWCA Civ 834; [2009] QB 600; [2009] EMLR 1 16/07/2008

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.3)

[2007] EWHC 3062 (QB) 20/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2856 (QB); [2008] 2 WLR 1033 05/12/2007

Warren v The Random House Group Ltd (No.2)

[2007] EWHC 2860 (QB) 05/12/2007

Milne v Express Newspapers (No.2)

[2003] EWHC 1843 (QB) 10/07/2003

Harrods Ltd v Dow Jones & Co Inc

[2003] EWHC 1162 (QB) 22/05/2003

Bennett & Another v BBC & Another

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

Rigg v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2003] EWHC 710 (QB); [2004] EMLR 52 07/03/2003

Milne v Express Newspapers (QBD)

[2002] EWHC 2564 (QB); [2003] 1 WLR 927; [2003] 1 All ER 482; [2003] EMLR 440 29/11/2002

Fayed v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1631 (QB) 24/07/2002

Milne v Telegraph Group Ltd

[2001] EMLR 760 02/02/2001

Articles

The Jury's Out

By William Bennett. 25 May 2010

Think Again

By William Bennett. 18 May 2010

The Current State of English Defamation Law

By William Bennett. 9 Mar 2010

Libel: extending the limitation period

By William Bennett. 28 Jan 2002

Publications

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

Oxford University Press

By William Bennett. 19 Sep 2013

The Law of Privacy and the Media

Oxford University Press

By William Bennett. 17 Oct 2002

News

4 Dec 2014

Times costs appeal in Flood rejected

Court of Appeal ruling concludes Flood v Times litigation

31 Oct 2014

5RB tops Chambers & Partners 2015

Set and 19 barristers recommended in UK Bar Guide

23 Oct 2014

Third Time Unlucky

Reverends Riviere and Such receive third apology from The Times

31 Jul 2014

Mosque libel trial adjourned part-heard

Fourth Defendant too ill to attend court

26 Jun 2014

Police Sergeant awarded £60,000 libel damages

Libel case concerning allegations connected with Jimmy Savile sex crimes concludes

21 May 2014

Counsellor receives apology

Statement in open court settles legal innuendo case

13 May 2014

AVB granted privacy injunction

Privacy claims succeeds but harassment claim fails

28 Feb 2014

Paul Gascoigne settles privacy claim

Parties reach agreement

13 Jan 2014

Judge awards Claimants £45,000 each

Politician and businessman defamed by Urdu newspaper

19 Sep 2013

Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 published

Guide to the new Act out now

13 Feb 2013

Banker libel case settles

Associated Newspapers pays damages to Irfan Qadir

13 Feb 2013

Local council and newspaper pay substantial damages

Taxi drivers win long-running claim

26 Oct 2012

Judgment day in Joseph v Spiller

Claimants win but only nominal damages after

8 Oct 2012

Mail on Sunday report privilege fails

Judge rules court report articles 'not for the public benefit' and malicious

14 Jun 2012

Solicitor settles phone hacking libel claim

Met Police and Mark Lewis join in Statement in Open Court

3 Apr 2012

Times withdraws Flood appeal

Second limb of appeal to Supreme Court abandoned

21 Mar 2012

Flood: Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeal

First limb of The Times' Reynolds appeal succeeds

18 Mar 2012

Mail on Sunday apologises to MP

Allegations of sexist bullying withdrawn

20 Dec 2011

Nancy no gold-digger says Judge, dismissing Dell’Olio claim

Threshold of seriousness explained in 'man-eater' case

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

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

31 Mar 2011

Met Police fail to stop phone hacking libel claim

Allegations of dishonesty against senior officers ruled out

12 Jan 2011

Interpreter awarded £30,000 for libel

Justification and QP defences fail, malice proven

3 Dec 2010

Flood v Times may go to Supreme Court

Court proposes granting Times permission to appeal subject to their paying costs in any event

1 Dec 2010

Supreme Court liberalises fair comment

First defamation decision relaxes requirements of defence; renames as 'honest comment'

29 Nov 2010

Solicitor wins phone hacking libel claim

PCC and Baroness Buscombe make statement in open court and pay damages to Mark Lewis

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

26 Oct 2010

Baby P social worker receives apologies

Statements in open court made by the Independent, Evening Standard and Daily Mirror

13 Jul 2010

Flood wins Reynolds appeal

Court of Appeal overturns finding that Times article was protected by Reynolds privilege

8 Feb 2010

Supreme Court to hear fair comment appeal

Joseph v Spiller first fair comment case to reach highest appeal court since 1992

1 Feb 2010

EU Parliament hears evidence on UK defamation law

5RB's William Bennett gives presentation to Committee on Legal Affairs

13 Oct 2009

Wine connoisseur toasts victory

Libel action re record-breaking 1985 Christie's wine auction concludes

6 Oct 2009

Non-parties made to bear costs

Rare exercise of court's jurisdiction in slander claim

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

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

17 Sep 2008

Sheffield Wednesday FC drop libel claims against fans

Internet libel claim over comments on supporters' website withdrawn

3 Sep 2008

Publisher settles Warren libel action

Boxing Promoter to receive £115,000 from Random House for Ricky Hatton book

16 Jul 2008

Warren wins offer of amends appeal

Court of Appeal rejects Random House’s justification bid in Ricky Hatton libel case

12 Mar 2008

Bid to injunct Channel 4 fails

Interview with Equatorial Guinea coup attempt 'manager' is broadcast

14 Feb 2008

Pharmacist loses slander action

Jury find against Claimant as dispute at Sikh Temple reaches conclusion

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

15 Jun 2007

MP wins ‘swearing’ libel claim

Jury awards Labour MP £5,000 against Mail on Sunday

19 Apr 2007

75k jury award upheld on appeal

Judges need not always take prior judgment into account on damages

21 Mar 2007

Formula One libel actions conclude

Woods secures £10,000 under summary disposal and Rubython secures £17,500 following jury trial

24 Oct 2006

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Nineteen barristers recommended in Annual Survey

27 Sep 2006

5RB tops Legal 500 survey

Twenty barristers recommended across core practice areas

23 Jun 2006

Sir Elton fails in injunction bid

Court declines to bar photos of star in street

4 May 2006

Ex-Formula 1 boss awarded £75,000

Libel jury exceeds judge's direction on damages

24 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

20 barristers recommended for Media, Entertainment, Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property & Sports Law

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

7 Apr 2005

Smith & Collins Stewart win libel action

Dale Langley & Co make statement in open court

20 Dec 2004

Jimmy Nail loses damages appeal

CA affirms approach to Offer of Amends Assessments

20 Dec 2004

Reporting restrictions refused in Burrell rape trial

Complainant fails to prevent publication of details of her complaint

17 Dec 2004

District Judge overturns reporting restriction

Media able to identify police officer

8 Dec 2004

Police lose qualified privilege appeal

CA upholds £45,000 jury award

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

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