Heather Rogers QC specialises in media law, human rights and public law. She has been involved in many key cases in defamation and privacy/breach of confidence, from the “Spycatcher” litigation
 1 AC 109 HL (breach of confidence in relation to information about the security services), through the Esther Rantzen and Elton John appeals  QB 674 and  QB 586 CA (limiting jury awards of damages in defamation cases) to Flood v Times Newspapers (the “Reynolds” defence) in the Supreme Court (judgment awaited). She represents both claimants and defendants, including press and broadcast media. She has appeared in many libel trials including Neil Hamilton v Mohamed Al Fayed and David Irving v Penguin Books Ltd (for the defendant) and George Galloway MP v Telegraph Group and Roman Polanski v Condé Nast (for the claimant).
Heather’s recent defamation cases include Flood v Times Newspapers (heard in the Supreme Court in October 2011: judgment awaited); in the Court of Appeal Hayden v Charlton
 EWCA Civ 791 (fresh evidence), Khader v Aziz  EMLR 2 (abuse of process) and British Chiropractic Association v Singh  1 WLR 133 (comment defence); and at first instance Adelson v Anderson  EWHC 2497 (QB) (Tugendhat J) (striking out defamation claim). In the Privy Council, she appeared in Harper v Seaga  1 AC 1 (whether speech made by politician at public meeting was protected by qualified privilege).
Recent privacy cases include the appeals in Hutcheson (formerly KGM) v News Group Newspapers
 EWCA Civ 808 and Ntuli v Donald  1 WLR 294 CA. She also appeared for the publishers of Private Eye in resisting an application for a privacy injunction in Michael Napier & Irwin Mitchell v Pressdram Limited  1 WLR 934 CA; also for the BBC in BKM Limited v BBC  EWHC 3151 (Ch).
She recently defended Headline Publishing Group at trial on a number of claims arising out of a publishing contract: Smith v Headline
 EWHC 2106 (Ch). Other cases include Inner West London Assistant Deputy Coroner v Channel 4 Television Corpn  1 WLR 945 (production order relating to journalistic information).
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