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Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rupert Earle

Bates Wells Braithwaite - London

  • 10 Queen Street Place
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4R 1BE


Media disputes; public and regulatory. Public law: numerous cases for the Advertising Standards Authority; successful challenge to Transport for London’s ban on advertising for North Cyprus. Defamation: defending numerous libel actions for publishers (including Cruddas v Times Newspapers); Takenaka v Frankl, first anonymous email libel tracing action to reach trial; disclosure actions against Facebook, Twitter, BT, etc; libel action for Prince Nayef against The Independent. Freedom of information: several cases for journalists, including MPs additional cost allowances case against House of Commons and Kennedy v Charity Commission (Supreme Court). Broadcasting: licensing and editorial content disputes with Ofcom.

Professional Memberships

Law Society.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1988; partner Theodore Goddard/Addleshaw Goddard 1997-2007; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 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.