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Chambers of Desmond Browne QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC

5 GRAY'S INN SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 5AH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 2902
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Fax 020 7831 2686
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Jonathan Barnes

Tel:
Work 020 7242 2902
Email:
5RB (Chambers of Desmond Browne QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC)

Position

Specialises in media and commercial litigation, including defamation, malicious falsehood, contract, agency, publishing, intellectual property, confidence, data protection, privacy, freedom of information and protection from harassment. Representative cases: Boehringer Ingelheim & ors v Vetplus Limited [2007] FSR 28 & 29 – comparative advertising injunctions, libel and trade marks; Murray v Express Newspapers plc & anor [2008] EMLR 399 – JK Rowling pushchair privacy case; BBC v Harper Collins Publishers [2011] EMLR 6 – revelation of the identity of Top Gear’s ‘The Stig’; Mengi v Hermitage [2012] EWHC 2045 (QB) – security for costs and defamation costs budgeting; Al Amoudi v Kifle [2013] EWHC 293 (QB) – libel assessment of damages principles; Fox v Boulter [2013] EWHC 1435 (QB) & 4012 (QB) – defamatory meaning, specific/non-party disclosure; Rufus v Elliott [2015] EWCA 121 (CA) – defamatory meaning; Mir Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd [2015] EWHC 2917 (QB) – trial of preliminary issues, meaning, fact or opinion; Sobrinho v Impresa [2016] EWHC 66 (QB) – Defamation Act 2013 section 1, serious harm; Economou v de Freitas [2016] EWHC 1853 (QB); [2017] EMLR 4 – Defamation Act 2013 section 4, publication on matter of public interest; Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd [2016] EWHC 3110 (QB); [2017] EMLR 10 - libel, harassment, jurisdiction, serious harm, loss of reputation, qualified privilege.

Career

Articled clerk Richards Butler 1991-1993; solicitor Richards Butler 1993-99; called to the Bar 1999, Lincoln’s Inn; pupil Five Raymond Buildings 1999-2000; tenant 2000 to date; contributor (on data protection) to ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’, (Oxford University Press, 2016); contributing author to Blackstone’s Guide To The Defamation Act 2013; Bar Pro Bono Unit; Deputy District Judge; MCIArb.

Education

University College, Oxford; 1990 BA (Hons) Jurisprudence.


London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Jonathan Barnes - 5RBVery good on his feet, confident, hardworking and thorough.

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: Data protection – Leading juniors

Jonathan Barnes - 5RBA go-to barrister on data protection issues, offering well thought out and digestible advice on what can be a difficult area of law to grasp.

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