Tugendhat QC appointed to the Bench

Privacy expert joins High Court

The members of Five Raymond Buildings are proud to announce that Michael Tugendhat QC has been appointed to the High Court Bench. He will be assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and will sit as a judge of the Jury List. His first day as a Judge will be on 1 May 2003.

Mr Justice Tugendhat was educated at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge before being awarded the Henry Fellowship at Yale University Law School. He was called to the Bar of Inner Temple in 1969 before joining these Chambers. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1986, a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1994 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 1995. Since 2000 he has also sat as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey.

With Iain Christie he was the founding author of The Law of Privacy and the Media (2002, Oxford University Press) and was recognised as the leading practitioner in this nascent area of the law. Most recently he acted for Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and OK! Magazine in their action against Hello! Magazine. Other of his leading cases at the bar included:

  • R v Shayler [2002] 2 WLR 754 – Official Secrets – disclosure without lawful authority

  • Branson v Bower [2002] QB 737 – Fair comment – test of fairness

  • Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & others [2002] EMLR 446 – Identification of journalists’ sources

  • Theakston v MGN [2002] EMLR 22 – Privacy

  • Douglas v Hello! [2001] 2 WLR 992 – Publication of surreptitiously taken wedding photos

  • A-G v Times Newspapers Limited [2001] 1 WLR 885 – Tomlinson MI6 Book

  • Kelly v BBC [2001] 1 All ER 323 – Wardship and news reports

  • R v Central Criminal Court ex p Bright [2001] 2 All ER 244 – Pace applications and the press

  • Mills v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2001] EMLR 957 – Privacy

  • Milne v Telegraph Ltd [2001] EMLR 760 – Defamation summary disposal

  • Shevill v Presse Alliance [1995] 2 WLR 499; [1996] 3 WLR 420 – European Court of Justice and House of Lords – international defamation and the Brussels Convention

  • Broome v Cassell & Co Ltd [1972] 1 AC 1027 – libel and exemplary damages

He was an inspiring colleague and friend. We shall miss him greatly, but congratulate him warmly.


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