Yuli Takatsuki


Yuli specialises in all aspects of media and entertainment law.  She is instructed by both claimants and defendants and her clients have included Channel Four, Mirror Group Newspapers, Associated Newspapers, The Evening Standard and The Spectator.  She has also acted for multinational corporations, small businesses, website operators and high profile individuals.

Recent work includes:

  • Currently on a summer secondment as a Data Protection and Commercial Lawyer at Channel 4
  • Acting for LexisNexis and Reed Business Information in the Court of Appeal (led by Justin Rushbrooke QC) in an appeal concerning the disapplication of the limitation period in an online defamation claim.
  • Obtaining a breach of confidence interim injunction (led by Desmond Browne QC) in Mattioli v XY [2014] EWHC 269
  • Acting for Google UK in a data protection claim over streetview images.
  • Acting for Mirror Group Newspapers in KC v MGN Ltd (Court of Appeal, led by Desmond Browne QC) and in CVB v MGN Ltd.
  • Assisting Trinity Mirror Group in the Leveson Inquiry
  • Acting for Naomi Campbell in her successful claim against the Telegraph over allegations that she organised an elephant polo match in India.
  • Assisting Channel 4 in defending its controversial film “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” in an Ofcom investigation.
  • In June 2012, she represented the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard (led by Adrienne Page QC) in the first defamation jury trial in three years, brought by Luke Cooper.
  • In February 2012, she represented Channel Four and Hardcash Productions (led by Adrienne Page QC) in Viagogo v Channel 4 & Ors in successfully resisting an injunction application by Viagogo to stop parts of a Dispatches programme from being broadcast.
  • In the summer of 2011, she acted as Junior Counsel (led by Gavin Miller QC) for the successful defendant in Ferdinand v MGN Ltd – a landmark privacy case brought by premiership footballer, Rio Ferdinand.  It is the first privacy case reaching trial in which a ‘kiss n tell’ has been held to be in the public interest.
  • In 2009-2010, she acted as Junior Counsel for Channel Four and Studio Lambert in a long-running defamation claim brought by Matthew Fiddes over a documentary about the famous Jackson family. She appeared in the Court of Appeal in Fiddes v Channel 4 & Ors, which provided important guidance on the issue of mode of trial in libel actions.
  • Yuli has also appeared in the High Court in a number of successful strike-out, summary judgment, Norwich Pharmacal applications and damages assessments on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

She regularly provides pre-publication advice to Harper Collins, Penguin, the British Medical Journal, The Sunday Times, Guardian and the Observer and has spent 8 months on secondment at Channel Four.

Before her pupillage, Yuli worked as a lawyer at Ofcom specialising in broadcasting regulation and breach of privacy cases.

She has practical experience of media law in the USA through her time as a Pegasus scholar in New York and San Francisco at leading law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.



2007 Called to the bar


Philosophy / SPS, Cambridge University (1st Class) - 2001 - 2004
GDL, BPP Law School - 2004 - 2005
BVC, BPP Law School - 2005 - 2006

Areas of work

  • Contempt
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation
  • Entertainment Law
  • General Common Law
  • Human Rights
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Passing off
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Publishing
  • Reporting the Courts


“Clever, incisive and a pleasure to work with…”  

“She’s dedicated, very hard-working and client friendly.”

Chambers & Partners 2013

“Yuli’s hard work, attention to detail, commitment and sheer enthusiasm were first rate.”

Prash Naik, Controller of Legal & Compliance, Channel 4

“We have co-presented with Yuli at several key TV industry seminars.  Her understanding and grasp of complex issues surrounding privacy and the Ofcom codes is admirable.  She is approachable and friendly.”

Lisa Logan, Partner and Head of Media & Entertainment, Candey LLP





KC v MGN Ltd (Costs)

[2013] EWCA Civ 3 22/01/2013

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors (No 2) (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 730 29/06/2010

Privacy and Confidence

Viagogo Ltd v (1) Paul Myles (2) Hardcash Productions (3) Channel Four Corporation

[2012] EWHC 433 (Ch) 23/02/2012

Ferdinand v MGN Ltd

[2011] EWHC 2454 (QB) 29/09/2011

Human Rights

Ferdinand v MGN Ltd

[2011] EWHC 2454 (QB) 29/09/2011

Injunctive Relief

Viagogo Ltd v (1) Paul Myles (2) Hardcash Productions (3) Channel Four Corporation

[2012] EWHC 433 (Ch) 23/02/2012

Media Law

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

Ferdinand v MGN Ltd

[2011] EWHC 2454 (QB) 29/09/2011

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors (No 2) (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 730 29/06/2010


"You say tomato": A Comparison of English and US Privacy Law Principles

Palgrave Macmillan / IBA

By Yuli Takatsuki. 24 Jun 2014

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

Oxford University Press

By Yuli Takatsuki. 19 Sep 2013

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

Oxford University Press

By Yuli Takatsuki. 17 Mar 2011


The Defamation Act 2013 – 6 months on

By Yuli Takatsuki. 1 Jul 2014


19 Sep 2013

Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 published

Guide to the new Act out now

31 Jan 2013

Naomi Campbell wins elephant cruelty libel claim

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

22 Jun 2012

First jury libel trial for 3 years

Jury awards libel damages to Luke Cooper

24 Feb 2012

Great Ticket Scandal injunction fails

High Court and Court of Appeal reject ticketing company last-minute bid

29 Sep 2011

Landmark media win in footballer privacy trial

Public interest defence succeeds in Rio Ferdinand ‘kiss n tell’

7 Jul 2011

Key Rio Ferdinand privacy decision expected October

Nicol J expected to hand down judgment next legal term

4 Jul 2011

Rio Ferdinand privacy trial begins

Nicol J to determine claim against the Sunday Mirror

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

28 Aug 2010

Spectator apologises for IslamExpo libel

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

21 Jun 2010

Fiddes v Channel 4 libel claim settles

Claimant discontinues claim over 'Jacksons Are Coming' documentary as trial about to commence

10 Jun 2010

Fiddes trial to go ahead without jury

Master of the Rolls rejects appeal over judge alone trial

9 Sep 2008

Yuli Takatsuki to join 5RB as new tenant from 1 October 2008

Andrew Monson and Iain Christie will become non-resident members of 5RB