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 ‘B’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. Jonathan is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.
Jonathan regularly acts for both claimants and defendants. His regular clients include the BBC, Times Newspapers, The Sun and Google. As part of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, Jonathan advises many government departments and public authorities, including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, the NCA and CAFCASS.
Recent cases of interest include:
- acting as Junior Counsel for the Defendant in Burleigh v Telegraph Media Group Ltd  EWHC 2359 (QB), a trial on meaning of an apology to the US First Lady.
- appearing for CAFCASS in a case about the interaction of data protection law with adoption rules – M v CAFCASS (2019, unreported).
- representing The Times in Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 1235 (QB), a case concerning a reporting following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
- acting as Junior Counsel for the BBC in the ‘Paradise Papers’ data leak litigation  EMLR 14.
- representing the NCA as Junior Counsel in Cooper v National Crime Agency  EWCA Civ 16, a case concerning data protection in the context of employment.
- 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
Burleigh v Telegraph Media Group Ltd  EWHC 2359 (QB)
Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 1235 (QB)
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
ABC v Google LLC  EWHC 3020 (QB)
M v CAFCASS (2019, unreported)
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
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
Ahmed v BBC (2019) unreported
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.