Jonathan is a specialist in media and information law. He regularly acts on urgent reputation, privacy and confidence issues. His core practice extends also to the laws of harassment and data protection, 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 Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1993 with Richards Butler, where he then worked until 1999 as a solicitor in insurance, professional negligence, shipping and other commercial disputes, including on secondment to the BBC. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is registered as a Public Access practitioner.
Jonathan is counsel for the claimants in the WM Morrison Payroll Information Group Litigation. He acted for the claimants in the data protection and privacy cases of NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC leading to the first “right to be forgotten” de-listing order made against Google in the UK following the CJEU Google Spain decision. He also advised a series of 56 Dean Street clinic patients in the wake of the disclosure of their HIV status by an email newsletter sent “To All”.
In defamation, he was counsel in the first full trial of the public interest publication defence under section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013, Economou v de Freitas. His other recent work includes Rufus v Elliott, a libel action between two former professional footballers over the alleged disclosure of an “n-word” text message; and acting for the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP in Fox v Boulter.
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. He provides pre-publication advice to commercial publishers and others.