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Jonathan is a highly regarded junior, and a ranked libel and privacy law specialist. He is instructed in several cases of very significant current interest, including Lachaux v IPL and Stocker v Stocker (both in the UK Supreme Court), ABC v Telegraph, and on behalf of the family of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

In addition to Jonathan’s core practice in media law, he has experience and accepts instructions in the fields of public and employment law. Jonathan is currently instructed in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, on its Westminster Strand in which hearings will be held for three weeks in 2019.

Jonathan can be instructed directly in suitable cases under the Bar’s Direct Access scheme.

What the directories say

“Committed, incisive and always on the ball." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"He has a very good understanding of the law and is an extremely effective advocate." - Chambers and Partners, 2019

"Highly regarded junior with a specialism in cases involving social media and online libel and privacy." - Chambers and Partners, 2019

"A brilliant junior.”Chambers & Partners, 2018

Media, Privacy and Information Law

Jonathan’s practice encompasses the full range of information and publication law issues, including privacy, defamation, harassment, reporting restrictions, and contempt of court. He has an interest in cases involving social media and other mass publication platforms. Jonathan also advises and represents clients internationally, particularly media defendants such as the dissident cartoonist Ramon Ebale (recently freed from arbitrary detention in Equatorial Guinea) and the human rights defender Amal Fathy (imprisoned in Egypt on politically motivated charges).

Notable cases include:

  • Stocker v Stocker (judgment awaited: UKSC 2018/0045)

  • Lachaux v Independent Print Limited (judgment awaited: UKSC 2017/0175)

  • ABC v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2329; [2019] EMLR 5

  • ABC v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWHC 2177 (QB)

  • Venables, Re [2018] EWHC 1037 (Fam)

  • Stocker v Stocker [2018] EWCA Civ 170; [2018] EMLR 15 (listed for appeal in the Supreme Court on 24 January 2019)

  • Monroe v Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB); [2017] 4 WLR 68; [2017] EMLR 16

  • Hourani v Thomson [2017] EWHC 432 (QB)

  • Hourani v Thomson [2017] EWHC 173 (QB); [2017] 1 WLR 933; [2017] EMLR 4

  • Ahuja v Politika & Ors [2015] EWHC 3380 (QB);  [2015] WLR(D) 494

  • Re C (A Child) (Application by Dr X and Y) [2015] EWFC 79

  • R (on the application of Richmond Pharmacology Ltd) v Health Research Authority [2015] EWHC 2238 (Admin), (2015); All ER (D) 288

  • McGrath v Independent Print Limited [2013] EWHC 2022 (QB); (2013) 163(7574) NLJ

  • Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN [2012] EWCA Civ 138; [2013] 1 WLR 1015; [2013] EMLR 8

  • Cairns v Modi [2012] EWHC 756

  • McGrath & Anor v Dawkins & Ors [2012] EWHC B3 (QB)

  • Hallam Estates v Baker [2012] EWHC 1046 (QB)

  • Henriksen v Pires [2011] EWCA Civ 1720 

  • Howard Jones v Tate [2011] EWCA Civ 1330