Aidan is a highly experienced junior, currently ranked in the top band by Chambers and Partners for both Defamation and Data Protection. He has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of media and information law, acting for claimants and defendants. His clients have included national newspapers and broadcasters, MPs, celebrities, trade unions, government departments, public authorities, website operators, regulators and large and small companies. He has appeared in courts and tribunals at every level of seniority.
Aidan was a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of counsel from 2016-2021. From 2018 to June 2021 he was a member of the Bar Standards Board’s Advisory Pool of Experts advising the BSB on data protection matters. In October 2020 he was appointed as a criminal Recorder. He also sits as a part-time judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber). He was named Chambers & Partners Defamation/Privacy Junior of the Year in 2013.
Aidan is a co-author of Duncan & Neill on Defamation and a contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt.
Recent cases of interest:
- Attorney General v Crosland  UKSC (counsel for the Attorney General in committal proceedings before Supreme Court concerning publication of embargoed judgment);
- True Vision Productions Ltd v Information Commissioner  UKFTT 2019/0170 (junior counsel for appellant in unique appeal against monetary penalty notice imposed on media organisation);
- Napag Trading Ltd v Gedi Gruppo Editoriale SpA  EMLR 6 (for 1st Defendant in successful jurisdiction challenge to libel claim);
- Barclay v Barclay (various decisions, 2020) (junior counsel for defendants in high profile privacy/confidence/data protection claim concerning the bugging of the Ritz hotel);
- Attorney General v Yaxley-Lennon  3 All ER 477/ ACD 101 (junior counsel for the Attorney in committal proceedings against “Tommy Robinson”);
- Sir Cliff Richard, OBE v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police  Ch 169 (junior counsel for the BBC throughout this high-profile privacy claim);
- Hemsworth (formerly ‘SWS’) v Department for Work and Pensions  EMLR 2,  EMLR 3 (the first contested case concerning anonymised statements in open court in privacy actions); and
- Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EMLR 23 (libel – counsel for defendant/respondent in one of the first Court of Appeal decisions on the new defence of honest opinion).