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. She has a busy practice advising both claimants and defendants in relation to libel and privacy issues, being 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.
- Defending Penguin Books in a claim brought in relation to a book about the Libor-rigging scandal (Koutsogiannis v Random House).
- Acting for the defendant in a privacy claim brought by the children of Chelsea Clinton in relation to photographs (Mezvinsky v Associated Newspapers).
- Since 2018 Alex has been part of the counsel team representing Associated Newspapers in the defence of a privacy and copyright claim brought against the Mail on Sunday by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
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.
- 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).
- In 2017, acting for His Royal Highness Prince Louis in an application for reporting restrictions in the course of financial remedies proceedings.
- In 2019, acting as sole counsel for Mr Jan Serafin in his (successful) appeal to the Court of Appeal against the judgment at the trial of his libel case, on the unusual ground (amongst others) of judicial unfairness. The case went to the Supreme Court, where Alex was led by Adrienne Page QC of 5RB.
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
- HRH Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume v HRH Tessy Princess Tessy  EWHC 3095 – reporting restrictions in financial remedies proceedings
- Zarb-Cousin v Association of British Bookmakers  EWHC 2240: meaning of a television broadcast
- Euroeco Fuels (Poland) Ltd v Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority SA  EWHC 1081: application of Article 20 of the Brussels Recast Regulation
- Koutsogiannis v The Random House Group  EWCH 2240: meaning of a book
- Hayden v Associated Newspapers  EWHC 540: striking out a defamation claim on the grounds the words were not defamatory
- Piepenbrock v Associated Newspapers  EWHC 1708: setting aside ineffective service of a claim form
- Serafin v Malkiewicz  EWCA Civ 852; and  UKSC 23: judicial unfairness; section 4 public interest
- Glenn v Kline  EWHC 3182: judgment in default of Acknowledgment of Service
- Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers  EWHC 1058 (Ch); and  EWHC 2160; and  EWHC 3093: various procedural matters, including striking out allegations of dishonesty against the defendant; imposing confidentiality restrictions in relation to potential witnesses; and amendment of the defence