Jonathan is recognised as a leading junior practising in all aspects of media, communications and information law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel of Counsel. Jonathan is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.
Jonathan regularly acts for both claimants and defendants; his clients include many leading media organisations, for example, the BBC, Times Newspapers, Johnston Press and The Sun. He also regularly represents leading technology and internet companies including Google. As part of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, Jonathan advises many government departments and public authorities, including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, the NCA and CAFCASS.
Jonathan’s practice spans all aspects of media and information law in equal measure and he is ranked as a leading junior in both ‘Defamation and Privacy’ and ‘Data Protection’ in Chambers and Partners. Recent cases of interest including acting as Counsel for The Times in Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 1235 (QB), a high court trial on meaning; Junior Counsel for the BBC in the ‘Paradise Papers’ litigation  EMLR 14; representing the NCA as Junior Counsel in the leading data protection Cooper v National Crime Agency  EWCA Civ 16; and appearing for Google as Junior Counsel in the first right to be forgotten case to be determined substantively by a UK court in Townsend v Google Inc  NIQB 81.
Defamation and Privacy
Al-Haddad v BBC (unreported, 2017-2018)
KRW Law LLP and others v News Group Newspapers (2017-2018) unreported
Declan Arthurs v News Group Newspapers  NICA 70
Townsend v Google Inc  NIQB 81
Cushnahan v BBC and anr  NIQB 30.
KL & NN v Sunday Newspapers Ltd  NIQB 88
Scappaticci v BBC (unreported 2015)
Slocombe v Ricochet Ltd and Channel 5 (unreported 2015)
Loughran v Century Newspapers  NICA 26
Way v Northcliffe Media Ltd (unreported, 2012)
Neil Morrissey v Associated Newspapers Ltd (unreported, 2011)
Taranissi v BBC  EWHC 2486 (QB)
Haddock v MGN and others  NICh 14
Data Protection and Information Law
Ministry of Defence v Information Commissioner  UKFTT 2018/0147
Cooper v National Crime Agency  EWCA Civ 16
Adedeji v Information Commissioner and Department of Health  UKFTT 2017/0110
ABC v Google Inc (2018, unreported)
Cooper v National Crime Agency (2017, unreported)
Hazelwood v ICO & Cabinet Office  UKFTT 2016/0204
Galloway v Frazer, Google Inc and others  NIQB 7
Singh Khosa v Secretary of State for Justice (2016, unreported)
Hegglin v Persons Unknown and Google Inc  EWHC 3793 (QB);  1 Costs L.O. 65
Miller v ICO and BBC  UKFTT 2013/0253
Newbery v Information Commissioner and BBC  UKFTT 2009/0118
Montford v Information Commissioner and BBC  UKFTT 2009/0114
Reporting Restrictions and Reporting the Courts
Jonathan has appeared on behalf of the media at many high profile criminal trials seeking to challenge or vary reporting restrictions. These include R v Hill (2019, the Shoreham air disaster), R v Pryce (allegations of perverting the course of justice), and R v Hayes (LIBOR-rigging allegations).
In addition he has appeared in the following cases on reporting restrictions
Hunt v Hunt  All ER (D) 217 (Oct)
R v Premier News Ltd and anr (2012, unreported)
Publications and Seminars
Contributor to Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt, 5th Edition, 2017.
Criminality and Privacy: Uneasy Bedfellows, New Frontiers in Media and Information Law, June 2007.
Media Access to Court Documents: Transparency in the Family Court, Family Law Bar Association Annual Conference, 2014.
Perception and Reality: Publicity Developments in the Family Courts, Family Law Bar Association, December 2013.
Contributing Editor of Survey of English Libel Law, Media Law Resource Center, 2011-2015.
Contributing researcher on comparative defamation analysis for Article 19, the Global Campaign for Free Expression, 2006-07.
The Business of Keeping Secrets, Commercial Litigation Journal, 2007.