“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
Following on from his decision in Barron v Collins and UKIP  EWHC 253 (QB), Warby J has ordered that UKIP pay £125,000 on account of the costs of the underlying libel action and £50,000 on account of the application that it be made liable for those costs. The...read more
UKIP loses at “political poker” and must pay the price for interfering in another party’s litigation
In Barron v Collins and UKIP  EWHC 253 (QB), the latest judgment in the long-running libel action between three Labour MPs and UKIP MEP Jane Collins, Warby J considered whether, and to what extent, UKIP was to held liable for the Claimants’ costs. Ms Collins...read more
Judgment was handed down this morning in Dhir v Saddler  EWHC 3155 (QB). The background to the claim was a meeting which took place between the claimant, Mr Dhir, and the defendant, Mrs Saddler, in September 2014, at which Mr Dhir raised his concerns regarding...read more
James Newman instructed by Darren Gray of Clear Commercial Ltd has recently settled a claim brought by their client against Liverpool Football Club and the Premier League. The claim which has attracted a significant amount of media attention arose following Liverpool...read more