“Ely Place Chambers continues to take on defamation and privacy matters and is expected to become more prominant in this area of law with Timothy Atkinson’s arrival from One Brick Court”
Legal 500 – 2019
“It is a set which provides answers for solicitors, not problems”
Legal 500 2015
Our media and sports team offer advice on a wide range of issues, from defamation claims to data protection breaches and employment law disputes. Our specialist barristers work with media corporations and private individuals through to sports clubs and personalities.
Our media and sports team has an established and well-deserved reputation for successfully representing its clients. Directories have long recognised that we “adopt a team approach rather than a barrister-centric one”, are “commercially aware” and that the team “punches above its weight”.
Our highly skilled clerking team assist in ensuring that each client benefits from our innovative, practical and cost-effective advice, matching the most appropriate barristers with the particular matter at hand for an effective approach.
Areas of expertise
Our media team regularly handles a wide variety of issues, including:
- claims for defamation
- malicious falsehood
- misuse of private information
- breach of confidence
- breaches of data protection legislation
We offer expertise in addressing pre-publication issues, where the hallmark of success is often that its input goes unnoticed to third parties. But where litigation is required the team is able to provide advocacy to trial and on appeal.
Our sports team is able to call on expertise across areas such as disciplinary and safeguarding proceedings and selection disputes, as well as employment issues. We also offer experience of advice and representation in the negotiation and enforcement of contractual rights.
Media law clients range from individuals and corporations anxious to protect their reputations and their rights to control information about or held by them, to national and local media, public bodies and individuals facing the threat of action in respect of actual or intended publication.
Sports law clients include both those participating in sport and owners or managers of sports clubs.
Recent notable cases
- BCA v Singh Widely regarded as prompting aspects of the Defamation Act 2013.
- Smith & others v Skanska & others Construction Industry blacklisting action.
- MPS v TNL Confidentiality of police information in the context of a defended libel action.
- Miller v TNL 2017 Supreme Court case upholding the recoverability of additional liabilities in publication cases.
- Long-running dispute between Glasgow Rangers FC and Sports Direct.
Meet the team
Media & sport news
Chambers is delighted to announce another strong performance in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners across its practice groups. 9 members of Chambers are rated as being leaders in their fields in eight of our practice areas: Civil Liberties and Human Rights;...read more
In AAA and Others v Rakoff and Others, nine performers and two companies associated with the well-known “Spearmint Rhino” chain of lap dancing clubs have brought a claim against a campaigning organisation, Not Buying It, its spokesperson and two private investigators...read more
Chambers is delighted to announce another strong performance in the Legal 500 across its practice groups. 10 members of Chambers are rated as being leaders in their fields in eight of our practice areas: Administrative and Public Law; Civil Liberties and Human Rights;...read more
On 12 June the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd  UKSC 27 on appeal from  EWCA Civ 1334. The appeal was dismissed on the facts but The Supreme Court analysed the law differently from the Court of...read more