Media & sport

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.

Our clients

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

Arron Banks v Cadwalladr [2019] EWHC 3451 (QB)

On 12 December 2019 Saini J handed down judgment on the preliminary issue of the meanings of publications upon which Mr Banks sues Carole Cadwalladr for libel. The most prominent of the publications was a “TED Talk” (viewed to date more than 3 million times) in which...

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