Alex is a highly regarded barrister dealing with libel and slander, misuse of private information, breach of confidence and other publication-related causes of action.
Alex has a busy practice advising both claimants and defendants in relation to libel and privacy issues, being both led and acting without a leader. Defendant work includes, from 2009 to 2016, representing parties in the phone-hacking litigation: first, Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator sued by a great number of claimants for voicemail interception and, from 2014 to 2016, Mirror Group Newspapers sued in respect of the same cause of action, including representing MGN as junior counsel at trial as to damages in March 2015.
At the same time, Alex works for claimants seeking to protect Article 8, libel, privacy and data rights in a wide variety of cases. Sample cases include, in 2016 to 2017, the first (to our knowledge) successful ‘revenge porn’ case brought by a female claimant in respect of the unauthorised posting online of private sexual films; and, in 2016, representing at trial a claimant who had been falsely accused, by his neighbour, of bestiality with a pig (judgment cited below at Barkhuysen v Hamilton).
Some recent notable and reported cases
- Gray v NGN Limited  EWHC 349;  2 WLR 1401
- Phillips v NGN Limited  UKSC 28;  1 AC 1 – acting for defendant relying on privilege against self-incrimination; case went to the Supreme Court)
- AAA v Associated Newspapers Limited  EWHC 5137;  EMLR 2 – privacy claim brought by the baby daughter of well-known Conservative politician to try to keep secret her father’s identity
- Trimingham v Associated Newspapers Limited  EWHC 1296;  2 All ER 717 – acting for defendant newspaper in a privacy and harassment claim by the partner of former LibDem politician Chris Huhne in respect of articles in the Daily Mail
- Ontulmus v Collett  EWHC 294 (security for costs); Ontulmus v Collett  EWHC 4117 (costs judgment) – acting for defendant businessman sued for more than £100 million by Turkish entities
- Gulati and ors. v MGN Limited  EWHC 1422;  WLR (D) 233;  FSR 12 – quantum of damages in “phone-hacking” cases
- Barkhuysen v Hamilton  EWHC 2858 (main judgment); Barkhuysen v Hamilton EWHC 3371;  6 Costs LR 1217 (costs) – acting for claimant in a slander/false imprisonment/harassment case where the defendant had made a number of false allegations against her neighbour
- Webb v Lewis Silkin  EWHC 1225 – acting for claimant suing over unlawful access to her private emails held on work server
- Candy v Holyoake  EWHC 373 – acting for defendant sued over retention of films of claimant made at a private event
- Makin v NGN Ltd  EWHC 1386 – acting for defendant in claim for injunction brought by executor of estate of Ian Brady; case concerns the breach of an undertaking by the defendant