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David Mitchell

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Ely Place Chambers (Chambers of William McCormick QC)


Libel/media: Mike Gerrard v Random House- for C in copyright dispute concerning interview with the author, Bill Bryson (Waterfront Solicitors LLP); Andrew Briggs v Simon Jordan [2013] EWHC 3205 (QB)- for C (Radcliffes Le Brasseur); Lord McAlpine v Sally Bercow [2013] All ER (D) 301 (May)- for D (Carter Ruck); Modi v Clarke [2011] EWHC 1324 (QB)- for C (Fladgate Law). Employment: Mint Financial (UK) Ltd v Kachhwaha (QBD): successful application for interim injunction for C against company’s former head of sales and marketing (UK and Europe) on the basis of alleged misappropriation of confidential information. (Fraser Brown Solicitors); Clinical Direct Ltd v Cheetham & Ors (QBD): successful ex parte application for interim injunction for C against company’s former employees following misappropriation of confidential information and breach of undertakings. Indemnity costs ordered on return date (Fraser Brown Solicitors); Department for Education v Huke & Or UK EAT /0080/12/LA- for Appellant (Treasury Solicitor); Udin v Chamsi Pasha UKEAT/0071/11/LA- for R (Goldkorns Solicitors); Arriva London South Limited v Mr N.G. Nicolaou [2012]1.C.R. 510, EAT- for R (OH Parsons). Public: Paul Henke v UKIP: successful application for declaratory relief on behalf of Applicant author and former chairman of UKIP in Scotland, following his suspension from the party for a term of 100 years. Suspension declared null and void and in breach of UKIP’s rules of membership. (M Law LLP); R(Miller) v Secretary of State for Home Department- for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Crown Prosecution Service (intervening) (TSoi)_Judicial review into alleged police corruption surrounding investigation of the murder of Lynette White in 1988. Case being heard by the Lord Chief Justice; R (Suppiah & Ors) v Home Office [2011] (Admin)- for Serco Group PLC (Interested Party) (DLA Piper LLP)


Called 2004; Inner Temple. March 2012: Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown; March 2009: Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. Contributor to Westlaw’s encyclopaedia of defamation law.


Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers’ Association; Discrimination Law Association; Industrial Law Society; Administrative Law Bar Association; Bar Human Rights Committee; Liberty; Volunteer advisor, Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme (‘ELAAS’); Volunteer advisor, Mary Ward Legal Centre; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Manchester University (1999 BA (Hons) History 2:1).

London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - Ely Place ChambersHis work is always of a high standard. He is always well prepared and extremely approachable.

Within: Defamation and privacy

Ely Place Chambers has increased experience in pre-publication, advisory and costs-related work. William McCormick QC was involved in the Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited test case on the recoverability of additional liability in publication cases. In Smith v Skanska & Others, John Samson represented 150 construction workers who were secretly vetted and ‘blacklisted’ by the industry over a 40-year period; claims were brought for breach of the Data Protection Act, defamation and misuse of private information. Meanwhile, David Mitchell deals with a substantial amount of defamation work for government departments and public bodies.

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Within: Employment – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - Ely Place ChambersHe is thorough and sensible.

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