May 8, 2003
Tugendhat QC appointed to the Bench
Privacy expert joins High Court
The members of Five Raymond Buildings are proud to announce that Michael Tugendhat QC has been appointed to the High Court Bench. He will be assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and will sit as a judge of the Jury List. His first day as a Judge will be on 1 May 2003.
Mr Justice Tugendhat was educated at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge before being awarded the Henry Fellowship at Yale University Law School. He was called to the Bar of Inner Temple in 1969 before joining these Chambers. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1986, a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1994 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 1995. Since 2000 he has also sat as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey.
With Iain Christie he was the founding author of The Law of Privacy and the Media (2002, Oxford University Press) and was recognised as the leading practitioner in this nascent area of the law. Most recently he acted for Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and OK! Magazine in their action against Hello! Magazine. Other of his leading cases at the bar included:
R v Shayler  2 WLR 754 – Official Secrets – disclosure without lawful authority
Branson v Bower  QB 737 – Fair comment – test of fairness
Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & others  EMLR 446 – Identification of journalists’ sources
Theakston v MGN  EMLR 22 – Privacy
Douglas v Hello!  2 WLR 992 – Publication of surreptitiously taken wedding photos
A-G v Times Newspapers Limited  1 WLR 885 – Tomlinson MI6 Book
Kelly v BBC  1 All ER 323 – Wardship and news reports
R v Central Criminal Court ex p Bright  2 All ER 244 – Pace applications and the press
Mills v News Group Newspapers Ltd  EMLR 957 – Privacy
Milne v Telegraph Ltd  EMLR 760 – Defamation summary disposal
Shevill v Presse Alliance  2 WLR 499;  3 WLR 420 – European Court of Justice and House of Lords – international defamation and the Brussels Convention
Broome v Cassell & Co Ltd  1 AC 1027 – libel and exemplary damages
He was an inspiring colleague and friend. We shall miss him greatly, but congratulate him warmly.
Privacy law expert joins High Court – The Guardian