Andrew Caldecott QC

Andrew Caldecott QC

Andrew was awarded Chambers and Partners “Defamation and Privacy Silk of the Year” in 2005, 2007 and again in 2009. He is consistently recommended as a leading silk in Media and Entertainment and Defamation and Privacy in The Legal 500, and has been listed as a “Star Individual” in Chambers and Partners in every year from 2011. [In addition, Andrew is ranked as a leading silk in Data Protection in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.]

Andrew regularly advises and acts for broadcasters and publishing houses, corporations and celebrities, as well as government departments and ministers in the UK and various foreign jurisdictions. He regularly chairs or contributes to leading media law conferences. He also appeared for the BBC in the Hutton Inquiry and the Guardian in the Leveson Inquiry. He served as the Specialist Legal Advisor to the Parliamentary Joint Committee of the House of Lords and Commons scrutinising the Defamation Bill (later the Defamation Act 2013).

Called

1975 Called to the bar
1999 Silk

Education

University of Oxford (New College) BA Hons History - 1970-1973

Areas of work

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
Harassment
General Common Law
Privacy and Confidence
Pre-publication Advice
Reporting the Courts and Contempt
Human Rights
Data Protection and Information Law

Testimonials

“A true expert in his field and a brilliant advocate who leaves no stone unturned. When he talks everyone listens carefully.” “Explains complex, multi-jurisdictional issues with clarity and never forgets the broader strategic objectives of the client.”

Defamation/Privacy Chambers UK 2020

“A pre-eminent QC in libel and privacy, he clearly grasps how data protection law is imposing itself on those areas.” “There’s no better authority when it comes to defence work and he won’t mince his words.”

Data Protection Chambers UK 2020

A star of the Defamation and Privacy Bar, widely regarded as the leading silk in the area. He has unrivalled Supreme Court experience and is continually instructed in high-profile, precedent-setting cases concerning defamation, privacy and malicious falsehood.
“His submissions are treated with great respect by all tribunals from the Supreme Court down.” “Hugely energetic and industrious. He has a brilliant legal mind and pays meticulous attention to detail.”
Recent work: Represented the claimants in Webzilla and Others v Steele and Others, a media law claim relating to the publication of the ‘Trump Dossier.’

Chambers UK 2019

A particular pleasure to work with.

Legal 500 2018

Memberships

2004 Bencher of the Inner Temple

All cases

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood

Brown v Bower & Another

[2017] EWHC 2637 (QB) 31/10/2017

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd (Serious harm)

[2017] EWCA Civ 1334 12/09/2017

Mionis v Democratic Press SA and others

[2017] EWCA Civ 1194 01/08/2017

Associated Newspapers v Murray

[2015] EWCA Civ 488 15/05/2015

HRH Prince Al-Waleed v Forbes

[2014] EWHC 3823 (QB) 26/11/2014

Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham

[2014] EWCA Civ 179 26/02/2014

Karpov v Browder

[2013] EWHC 3071 (QB) 14/10/2013

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

El Naschie v Macmillan Publishers Ltd

[2012] EWHC 1809 06/07/2012

Cairns v Modi No 2

[2012] EWHC 756 (QB) 27/03/2012

Tesla Motors Ltd v BBC

[2011] EWHC 2760 (QB) 28/10/2011

Cairns v Modi

[2010] EWHC 2859 (QB) 10/11/2010

Bray v Deutsche Bank AG

[2008] EWHC 1263 (QB); [2009] EMLR 12 12/06/2008

Privacy and Confidence

Linklaters LLP & Linklaters Business Services v Mellish

[2019] EWHC 177 (QB) 05/02/2019

ERY v Associated Newspapers Limited

[2016] EWHC 2760 (QB) 04/11/2016

Green Corns Ltd v Claverley Group Ltd

[2005] EWHC 958 (QB); [2005] EMLR 748 18/05/2005

Reporting the Courts and Contempt

Her Majesty’s Attorney General v The Conde Nast Publications Ltd

[2015] EWHC 3322 (Admin) 18/11/2015

Injunctive Relief

Linklaters LLP & Linklaters Business Services v Mellish

[2019] EWHC 177 (QB) 05/02/2019

Mionis v Democratic Press SA and others

[2017] EWCA Civ 1194 01/08/2017

Green Corns Ltd v Claverley Group Ltd

[2005] EWHC 958 (QB); [2005] EMLR 748 18/05/2005

Human Rights

Green Corns Ltd v Claverley Group Ltd

[2005] EWHC 958 (QB); [2005] EMLR 748 18/05/2005

General Common Law

Mionis v Democratic Press SA and others

[2017] EWCA Civ 1194 01/08/2017

Green Corns Ltd v Claverley Group Ltd

[2005] EWHC 958 (QB); [2005] EMLR 748 18/05/2005

In 5RB News

11 Jul 2019

Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for contempt of court

4 Jul 2019

Divisional Court to hear Yaxley-Lennon committal application

Attorney General applies for committal of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson)

11 Oct 2018

Joint statement in Brown v Bower

Parties issue press statement in libel proceedings brought by Nick Brown MP against Tom Bower and Faber and Faber

19 Nov 2015

Condé Nast found in contempt of court

Proceedings brought about GQ article on phone hacking criminal trial

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