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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Andrew Caldecott QC

One Brick Court - London

Andrew Caldecott QC - One Brick Court
  • 1 Brick Court
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 9BY

Profile submitted by Andrew Caldecott QC

Practice Areas

Defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, contempt of court, data protection, freedom of information, obscenity/ censorship and media-related law generally. Cases include: Mionis v Dimoktatia Press (CA) [2017]; Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd CA [2016] (for AOL, Court of Appeal judgment outstanding); Various Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited & Ors (for the largest group of defendants since 2014, continuing to act in ongoing Part 20 proceedings); Lisle-Mainwaring v Assciated Newspapers (libel & harassment) [2017]; Begg v BBC (libel trial); R v F (Crim CA, Reporting Restrictions); Attorney General v Conde Naste Publications (contempt); J.K. Rowling v Associated Newspapers Limited (libel); Hegglin v Google Inc (DPA, libel); Makudi v Baron Triesman (CA, libel, malicious falsehood, Parliamentary privilege); The Voicemail Interception Compensation Scheme; Rothschild v Associated Newspapers (CA, libel); Tesla Motors v BBC (CA, malicious falsehood, libel); Chris Cairns v Lalit Modi (CA, Twitter libel); Oriental Daily Publisher Ltd & anr v Ming Pao Holdings Ltd (Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal); El Naschie v MacMillan Publishing (libel trial); The Leveson Inquiry (representing Guardian News & Media, a core participant); Attorny General v News Group Newspapers & Mirror Group Newspapers (contempt); Spiller v Joseph (Supreme Court - libel - representing interveners Associated Newspapers Ltd, Times Newspapers Ltd & Guardian News & Media Ltd); R v D (C/A - Reporting Restrictions); Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd (C/A - Libel); Sir Stelios Haji-Ionnou v Dixon & Regus Group (libel); AG v MGN Ltd (contempt); Tesco v Guardian (libel and malicious falsehood); AG v ITV Central (contempt); R v VAC (ex parte BBFC) (judicial review, obscenity); Moyes v Rooney & Harper Collins (libel); Morrisons v OFT (libel); Sir Martin Sorrell v FullSix SpA & anr (libel and privacy); X & Y v Person Unknown (privacy); The Law Society v Department of Constitutional Affairs (Civil Proceedure Rules); AG v Pelling (contempt); Armstrong v Times (CA); Henry v BBC (libel, justification and qualified privilege); AG v Express (contempt); Strachan v Gleaner Co Ltd (Privy Council); Naomi Campbell v MGN (House of Lords - privacy/confidence); Bonnick v Gleaner Co Ltd (Privy Council - libel); King v Telegraph Group (libel/CFA's); Other cases of interest: The Hutton Inquiry - Lead counsel for the BBC; Reynolds v Times Newspapers (libel - qualified privilege); Venables v News Group Newspapers (confidence injunction to protect the identity of Jamie Bulger's killers).  


Called to the Bar 1975. Silk 1994. Inner Temple Bencher 2004. Head of Chambers since 2007. Appointed specialist adviser to House of Commons Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill (2011).  


Co-author of Halsbury's Laws, Defamation (2012)  


Educated Eton College and New College, Oxford. Lives in London.