The media team at Ely Place has an established and well-deserved reputation for thorough and robust representation of clients.

According to Chambers and Partners it “punches above its weight” (2009) is “commercially aware”, “adopts a team approach rather than a barrister-centric one” (2010) and “has real talent on its books” (2011).

The team offers expertise in addressing pre-publication issues, where prompt and well thought out advice is at a premium and where the hallmark of success is often that its input goes unnoticed to third parties.

Where necessary it can provide representation through to trial where its advocates are particularly in demand. Members of the team have a proven track record of advising individual and corporate clients on protecting their reputations and their rights to control information about or held by them as well as protecting the rights of those facing actions for defamation, whether national print and broadcast media organizations or individuals. In all cases the team offers innovative, focused, practical and cost-effective advice aimed at protecting the rights of the particular client in the way most appropriate to that client’s needs.

Recent examples of defamation cases dealt with are: the landmark case on comment BCA v Singh; the last successful defence (Desmond v Bower) and claim (Cooper v Associated Newspapers) before a jury; the proof of malice in Thornton v Daily Telegraph; representing Lalit Modi in the first twitter libel trial brought by Chris cairns over allegations of match-fixing and the defence of Peter Wilmshurst against the claims brought against him in respect of his criticisms about the testing of medical equipment.

The team also secured an injunction in breach of confidence on behalf of the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency against Times Newspapers to prevent the use of material “leaked” to a journalist which it intended to deploy to defend itself in libel proceedings.

Members are willing to consider a variety of funding arrangements and in certain circumstances instructions may be accepted on a direct access basis.

For further information, contact:

William McCormick QC or Chris Drury Senior Clerk, on 020 7400 9600
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