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Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rupert Earle

Bates Wells Braithwaite - London

  • 2-6 Cannon Street
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4M 6YH

Practice Areas

Defamation and media law: defending numerous libel actions for Times Newspapers and other publishers; libel and harassment actions involving disclosure orders against Internet Service Providers (Facebook, Microsoft, BT, etc.), including Takenaka v Frankl, first anonymous email libel tracing action to reach trial. Data Protection and Freedom of Information: several cases for Times Newspapers, including MPs additional cost allowances case against House of Commons. Public law: acting for regulators (e.g. numerous cases for the Advertising Standards Authority) and those challenging their decisions, including in judicial reviews; successful challenge to Transport for London's ban on advertising for North Cyprus. Advertising; copy advice; comparative advertising disputes. Consumer law: advising retailers, including on trading standards prosecutions.

Professional Memberships

Law Society.


Trained at Theodore Goddard; qualified in 1988; partner Theodore Goddard/Addleshaw Goddard 1997-2007; partner BWB, 2007 to date.


Co-editor/author, 'Advertising Law and Regulation', Bloomsbury Professional (2010).


Educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA History); leisure - pots and strange places.