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Rupert Earle

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Media disputes; public and regulatory.


Public law: numerous cases for the Advertising Standards Authority, including Sainsburys v ASA 2014; successful challenge to Transport for London’s ban on advertising for North Cyprus. Defamation: defending numerous libel actions for Times Newspapers and other publishers, including Cruddas v Calvert, CA 2015; Takenaka v Frankl, first anonymous email libel tracing action to reach trial; disclosure actions against Facebook, Twitter, BT, etc; libel action for Prince Nayef against The Independent. Freedom of information: several cases for journalists, including MPs additional cost allowances case against House of Commons and Kennedy v Charity Commission (Supreme Court 2014). Broadcasting: licensing disputes with Ofcom.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1988; partner Theodore Goddard/Addleshaw Goddard 1997-2007; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 2007 to date.


Winchester; Trinity College, Cambridge (BA History).


Pottery; strange places.

London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Clients find that 'the level of service is excellent' at Bates Wells Braithwaite. The team takes on a broad range of work including inquiries and the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and acts for both public bodies and claimants. The well-regarded team head Melanie Carter  advises the National Audit office on its audits of local government and NHS bodies and other day-to-day matters. Most recently she advised on the Advisory Notice issued by KPMG (for whom it also acts) on the bankrupt Northants Council. In other work it acted for Airport Coordination following the collapse of Monarch Airlines which included defending a judicial review and involved issues of interpretation of two EU Regulations. Both Carter and Jessica Collings are considered to be 'creative, hardworking and imaginative.' Rupert Earle is noted as 'an outstanding advertising and regulatory law practitioner who is flexible, dependable and has a good team to back him up.' Emma Dowden-Teale , who has been promoted to partner and Claire Whittle  are both noted practitioners.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Bates Wells Braithwaite's clients include The Times, politicians, foreign royalty and the NUS. The team is headed by the ‘highly experiencedRupert Earle; Highlights included advising Royal Albert Hall in relation to a series of adverse articles published by The Telegraph and acting for Times Newspapers Limited in a case concerning the recoverability of success fees and after the event insurance premiums from media defendants in conditional fee agreement cases. Ross Allan  and Andrew Wheelhouse  are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Leading individuals

Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Brand management

The team at Bates Wells Braithwaite  is ‘responsive and provides a great deal of guidance’. Key figures include Rupert Earle, trade mark specialist Mathew Healey, who provides ‘balanced and accurate advice’, and Rosamund McCarthy, who acts for charities and social enterprises. Earle advises the Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice on diverse regulatory issues such on e-cigarettes and gender stereotyping. Healy handles trade mark clearance, registration and enforcement matters; he is assisted by Catharina Waller in managing the international trademark portfolio of Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. Waller is a name to note and is highly recommended for trademark matters, some of her recent instructions include assisting The Institute of Masters of Wine on its global portfolio management. Lawrence Simanowitz is ‘excellent in all areas of brand management’.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Rupert Earle (Advertising and marketing) - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s expertise spans the arts, theatre, advertising, film and TV. The team advises the British Film Institute (BFI) on a range of issues including real estate, governance, fundraising, data protection, valuation and audience development; other clients include Arts Council England, which it advises on data protection matters; English National Opera, which it advises on employment matters and recently advised on a commercial property acquisition and gift aid project; and The Space CIC, a joint venture between the BBC and Arts Council England, which it advises on review, restructuring, and real estate matters. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Science Museum Group, Royal Albert Hall and Booker Prize Foundation are also clients. Head of advertising and marketing Rupert Earle is ‘highly experienced in advertising law and regulation’ and is ‘knowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough, and displays good judgement’. Erica Crump co-heads the culture and creative team with associates Molly Waiting, who is an ‘absolute star’, and Tom Pratt. Lawrence Simanowitz is noted for his media and arts expertise.

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