Jonathan is a senior junior acting across 5RB’s specialist areas of defamation, privacy, confidence, data protection, media and information law. He was nominated for Defamation Junior Counsel of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.
He was trial counsel in the libel case of Economou v de Freitas – the first full trial of the public interest publication defence under section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013. He acted for the claimants in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC leading to the first “right to be forgotten” de-listing order made against Google in the UK. He is leading counsel for the claimants in the WM Morrison Payroll Information Group Litigation concerning employers’ vicarious liability in the context of a payroll data leak. He is also advising both claimants and defendant data controllers in a number of other high-profile data breach cases.
Jonathan regularly acts on a full range of urgent reputation, privacy and confidence injunction issues extending to harassment, blackmail and data protection and often involving the Internet or other forms of electronic communication. He is the author of the chapter on data protection in The Law of Privacy and the Media, OUP, 3rd edition, 2016 and co-wrote two chapters for Blackstone’s Guide to The Defamation Act 2013.
He has a broader background in commercial litigation and arbitration. Before transferring to the bar he qualified as a solicitor in 1993 with Richards Butler where he then practised until 1999 conducting insurance, professional negligence, shipping and other commercial disputes and undertaking a secondment to the BBC. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and registered as a Public Access practitioner.
In addition to his court work Jonathan has represented clients at the Broadcasting Standards Commission (now OFCOM), the Office of Fair Trading, the Employment Tribunals, in FA arbitration proceedings and in London Metal Exchange arbitration proceedings.