Aidan took silk in 2022 after an exceptionally busy and varied career as a junior. Chambers and Partners 2022 describes him as “a barrister with an outstanding reputation for media law matters and a strong track record of acting both for and against the media”. He has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of media and information law with particular expertise in data protection and contempt of court. His clients have included national newspapers and broadcasters, MPs, celebrities, trade unions, government departments, public authorities, social media operators, regulators and large and small companies. He has appeared in courts and tribunals at every level of seniority. His recent work includes the leading contempt of court case Attorney General v Crosland in the Supreme Court and Mincione v Gedi Gruppo Editoriale SpA in the Court of Appeal, concerning the jurisdiction to grant an internet injunction against a foreign defendant in a libel claim.
As a junior Aidan served on the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of counsel and on the Bar Standards Board’s Advisory Pool of Experts advising the BSB on data protection matters. He sits as a criminal recorder and a part-time judge of the First-tier Tribunal. 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:
- Mincione v Gedi Gruppo Editoriale SpA  EMLR 19 (counsel for defendant in successful jurisdiction challenge to claim for an internet injunction, upheld in the Court of Appeal);
- Attorney General v Crosland  4 WLR 103 &  1 WLR 267 (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).