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 is a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of counsel. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Bar Standards Board’s Advisory Pool of Experts advising the BSB on data protection matters. 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:
Sir Cliff Richard, OBE v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police  3 WLR 1715 (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); Linklaters LLP v Mellish  EWHC 177 (junior counsel for claimant in urgent interim injunction application to restrain threatened breach of confidence by ex-employee) and Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department (judgment awaited – the first occasion on which the Court of Appeal has considered the new statutory defence of honest opinion under the Defamation Act 2013).