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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Aidan Eardley

One Brick Court - London

Aidan Eardley - One Brick Court
  • 1 Brick Court
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 9BY

Profile submitted by Aidan Eardley

Practice Areas

Defamation, privacy/breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, freedom of information, data protection, contempt of court and reporting restrictions, harassment, media-related human rights law. Notable/recent cases include: Libel – Simpson v MGN Ltd [2016] EMLR 26 (CA); Bukovsky v CPS [2016] EWHC 1926; Cruddas v Calvert [2015] EMLR 16 (CA) & [2014] EMLR 5 (CA); Contostavlos v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 1339; El Naschie v Macmillan Publishers Ltd [2012] EWHC 1809; Khader v Aziz [2010] 1 WLR 2673 (CA); Timtchenko v The Economist Newspaper Ltd (2009); Rath v Guardian News & Media Ltd (2008); Polanski v Conde Nast [2005] 1 WLR 637 (HL). Privacy – Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC [2017] EWHC 1291; WXY v Gewanter (2009-2015); Lord Browne v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2008] QB 103 (CA); Green Corns Ltd v Claverley Group Ltd [2005] EMLR 31; Freedom of Information – Home Office v Information Commissioner & Yeo (FTT, 2016); R(Evans) v Attorney General [2015] AC 1787 (SC); Home Office v Information Commissioner [2015] UKUT 27; Evans v Information Commissioner [2012] UKUT 313; Cobain v Information Commissioner (FTT, 2011); HEFCE v Information Commissioner (FTT, 2010). Harassment – Brand v Berki [2015] EWHC 3373, [2014] EWHC 2979. Other – Ashley v CC Sussex [2008] 1 AC 962 (HL)  

Professional Memberships

Human Rights Lawyers Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.  


Called 2002; Attorney General’s ‘B’ Panel 2011; Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel 2016; part-time judge, First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber), 2013.  


Co-Author, Duncan & Neill on Defamation (3rd edn., 2009; 4th edn., 2015); contributor, Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt (4th edn., 2011 & supplements; 5th edn., 2017)  


BA Hons (Oxon); DipLaw(City). Languages: good French, some Spanish and German.