Aled Maclean-Jones

Aled Maclean-Jones

Aled joined 5RB in October 2017. He specialises in privacy, data protection and defamation law, acting for both claimants and defendants. Aled regularly appears in the High Court and county courts. Examples of Aled’s recent work include:

  • Appearing before Julian Knowles J in a preliminary trial of meaning and opinion (Kirkegaard v Smith [2019] EWHC 2947 (QB)).
  • Acting for Barclays Bank PLC in a successful strike out application before Nicklin J on grounds of limitation and/or absolute privilege in respect of a report made to a financial regulator.
  • Advising a local authority in obtaining injunctive relief against a number of well-known social media companies in respect of images and additional content posted on their platforms.
  • Acting for Mirror Group Newspapers in the on-going phone hacking litigation relating to a large number of claims from celebrities and others in respect of phone hacking and other unlawful activities.
  • Appearing for a public body in successfully resisting an application for injunctive relief based on alleged breaches of the provisions of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Advising a number of private individuals in respect of take-down requests and obtaining injunctive relief against companies including Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Aled is particularly interested in the regulation of social media companies. He has advised a number of start-ups, scale-ups and established companies about issues of data protection and intermediary liability, and has provided advice to a number of MPs, political organisations, and governmental bodies on matters of data protection policy. Aled has also worked, led and unled, on defamation, privacy and data protection claims for and against online publishers.

Aled regularly advises and represents senior politicians and political figures, from all parties, undertaking a significant amount of work during the 2019 General Election. He also provides regular pre-publication advice to the Sun and the Sun on Sunday.

Aled began as a tenant at 5RB after successful completion of pupillage at Chambers. During pupillage, Aled worked in all of 5RB’s areas of practice. Cases with which Aled assisted included:

  • Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd: a week-long trial of libel and harassment claims which led to a damages award of £185,000 and the first ever publication order under s.12 of the Defamation Act 2013.
  • AJS v News Group Newspapers: a privacy injunction relating to a potential witness in a serious criminal investigation.
  • Norman v Norman: an application in the Court of Appeal against a reporting restriction made in financial remedies proceedings.

Aled was called to the bar in 2016, after graduating from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Prior to coming to the Bar, Aled worked in technology and politics.


2016 Called to the bar


Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, London - 2015 - 2016 B.A. Law, Corpus Christi College, Oxford - 2012 - 2015


Edmund-Davies Scholarship (Gray's Inn)

Areas of work

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
Privacy and Confidence
Data Protection and Information Law
Injunctive Relief
Reporting the Courts and Contempt


Gray's Inn

All cases

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