Adrienne is Joint Head of Chambers with Justin Rushbrooke QC. She was also joint Head of Chambers with Desmond Browne QC between 2003 and 2011. She was appointed to Silk in 1999.
She received the award of “Defamation Silk of the Year” in 2010, 2018 and 2020 in the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards. She is listed in their 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 rankings as a “Star Individual” in Defamation and Privacy and, in Legal 500, as a rank one ‘Leading Silk’ in the field.
Acting for and advising both claimants and defendants, she has been instructed in many of the high profile cases in her field, including the only two cases in which the Supreme Court has considered provisions of the Defamation Act 2013 (see below Serafin and Lachaux).
IMPORTANT AND RECENT CASES
- Serafin v Malkiewicz  UKSC 23;  1 WLR 2455;  EMLR 24, for the Respondent (Claimant) to an appeal to the Supreme Court, successfully resisting the Appellants’ appeal against the Court of Appeal’s finding that Jan Serafin had been subject to unfair judicial treatment at his libel trial, where Serafin had been unrepresented and the Defendants had been represented by leading counsel. This was the first consideration by the Supreme Court of the defence of publication on matter of public interest under s.4 of the Defamation Act 2013.
- Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd  UKSC 27;  AC 612;  EMLR 24, for the Respondent (Claimant) to an appeal to the Supreme Court, successfully resisting the Appellant newspapers’ appeal from the Court of Appeal decision upholding the finding at trial of Warby J that the Claimant had proved serious harm to his reputation pursuant to s.1 of the Defamation Act 2013. This was the first consideration by the Supreme Court of the serious harm requirement under s.1.
- EuroEco Fuels (Poland) Ltd v Szczecin & Swinoujscie Seaports Authority SA  EWCA Civ 1932;  4 WLR 156;  EMLR 9, for the Claimants in their successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against the Defendants’ jurisdiction challenge under the Brussels Recast Regulation to their libel and malicious falsehood claim commenced in England and Wales.
- Sloutsker v Romanova  EWCA Civ 762 for the Claimant, successfully resisting the Defendant/Appellant’s attempt to appeal the decision of Warby J at trial awarding the Claimant damages for libel of £110,000.
- James Rhodes v OPO  UKSC 32;  AC 219;  EMLR 20, acting pro bono for English PEN, Article 19 and Index on Censorship as freedom of expression Interveners in the Supreme Court, which ruled upon the proper scope of the tort in Wilkinson v Downton.
High court trials/preliminary issue trials
- Bruno Lachaux v Independent Print Limited & Evening Standard Limited  EWHC 1797 (QB), for the Claimant in the long-awaited trial of his claims against the two newspapers for articles published in 2014, which took place before Nicklin J in February/March 2021. The defences of the newspapers under section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 were defeated and the Claimant was awarded a total of £120,000 damages. On its way to trial, the case went to the Court of Appeal (on two separate issues) and to the Supreme Court on the proper approach to section 1 of the 2013 Act, with Godwin Busuttil of 5RB as junior counsel.
- Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou v Telegraph Media Group  EWHC 2922 (QB), for the newspaper Defendant in striking out the claim of Sir Stelios for libel on the ground that the words published were non-defamatory opinion and therefore not actionable.
- Nina Burleigh v Telegraph Media Group  EWHC 2359 (QB), for the newspaper Defendant in striking out the claim of Ms Burleigh on the ground that the words published were not defamatory of her and therefore not actionable.
- Greensill Capital (UK) Ltd v Reuters News & Media Ltd  EWHC 1325 (QB), for the Claimant at its trial to determine meaning.
- Lord Mohammed Sheikh v Associated Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2947 (QB), for the Claimant at his trial to determine meaning, which led to a settlement involving an apology to Lord Sheikh and payment of substantial damages. Adrienne was in consequence the featured ‘barrister of the week‘ in The Lawyer for 7 August 2020.
- Dr Daniel Poulter MP v Times Newspapers Limited  EWHC 3900 (QB), for the Claimant whose claim for libel and misuse of private information against The Sunday Times was the subject of settlement in 2019 whereby Times Newspapers apologised to Dr Poulter in open court and paid him substantial damages following the trial on meaning.
- AXB v BXA  EWHC 588 (QB), for the Claimant at the trial of his claim for misuse of private information and deceit before Sir David Eady.
- Nick Brown MP v Tom Bower & Faber & Faber  EWHC 2637 (QB);  EMLR 9, for the Claimant in his libel claim against Faber & Faber and Tom Bower.
- Attorney General v Conde Nast Publications Ltd  EWHC 3322 (Admin), for the magazine publisher, in proceedings before the Lord Chief Justice in the Administrative Court in 2015 in respect of an article in GQ Magazine published during the ‘phone-hacking’ criminal trial.
- Traveller Movement c Ofcom & Channel 4  EWHC 406 (Admin), for Channel in the judicial review of Ofcom’s rejection of a standards complaint by the Traveller Movement in respect of the broadcaster’s series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and Thelma’s Gypsy Girls.
- Ames v Spamhaus Project  EWHC 127 (QB);  1 WLR 3409;  EMLR 13, for the Claimant in resisting the striking out of their claim.