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Hugh Tomlinson QC

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Specialises in defamation and privacy, commercial, civil liberties and human rights. Recent cases include: Gentoo Group v Hanratty [2008] EWHC 627 (QB) (limitation); Charman v Orion Publishing [2008] EMLR 16 and Roberts v Gable [2008] QB 502 (Reynolds qualified privilege); Times Newspapers v Soldiers A-C [2008] EWCA Crim 2559 and Re Trinity Mirror [2008] QB 770 (reporting restrictions); (Ch) Corporate Officer of House of Commons v Information Commissioner [2008] EWHC 1084 (Admin) (MP’s expenses, freedom of information); v Cooper [2008] EWHC 3131 (commercial).


Called 1983; Silk 2005; publications include: ‘Law of Human Rights’ (2nd edition, OUP 2005); ‘Civil Actions against the Police’, 3rd ed (Sweet and Maxwell 2003); ‘Privacy and the Media’ (Matrix 2002); ‘Property Finance Negligence’ (FT Law 1997).

London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersA pleasure to work with as so receptive to new ideas.

Within: Defamation and privacy

The ‘superb’ barristers at Matrix Chambers have been involved in four Supreme Court cases in the last 12 months. Defendant clients include broadcasters, unions and news publications, while claimant clients include major corporations and celebrities. The set’s members are commended for ‘offering a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori acted for the claimant in the libel proceedings Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd. Gavin Millar QC was up against Antony White QC in the Kelly v Facebook Ireland Ltd defamation claim.

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: Data protection – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is one of the leading data protection experts in the context of privacy and reputation management cases.

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Matrix Chambersexcels in privacy/data protection matters’. Several barristers at the set were instructed in precedent setting right to be forgotten cases NT1 and NT2 v Google, including Hugh Tomlinson QC on the claimants’ side and Antony White QC for the defendants. The group also has experience bringing data protection claims against the media and public authorities. Ian Helme has joined the set from One Brick Court.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is superb in this area.

Within: Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Matrix Chambers frequently represents both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, internet and social media issues, freedom of information and pre-publication advice. Several of its members acted in a Supreme Court appeal of three libel cases heard together (Times Newspapers Ltd v Flood; Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited; MGN Ltd v Frost), where it was successfully argued that the extra costs imposed were a violation of the media organisations Article 10 rights. In this matter Gavin Millar QC represented for Associate Newspapers and Hugh Tomlinson QC acted for the claimants opposing the appeal.

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