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Media Litigation

The Commercial Team deal with heavyweight defamation and privacy media litigation concerning highly sensitive and confidential matters where costs are important and contentious. We are regularly instructed to deal with the costs arising from litigation relating to public figures and in high profile cases where the quality of services and confidentiality of instructions are paramount. These cases often involve the recovery of costs in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

We act closely with the niche specialist firms in this field and also with the barristers' chambers primarily instructed in this area of law. We have been actively involved in the defamation costs management protocol quantifying costs budgets and justifying these at costs management hearings.

As specialists in this field we also routinely advise in respect of conditional fee agreements and funding issues and liaise with after the event ("ATE") insurance providers in respect of both the provision of insurance and the recovery of ATE premiums.

Philip Bowden is the Claimants’ appointed costs expert in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation ("MTVIL") against Newsgroup Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers Hacking Litigation ("MNHL") and has acted in some of the most high profile media disputes including Naomi Campbell v MGN and J K Rowling v Express Newspapers.


Philip Daval-Bowden (Managing Partner)

Francis Kendall (Partner)

  • ACL

    Association of Costs Lawyers

    HM Court & Tribunal Service

    British and Irish Legal Information Institute

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • CJC

    Civil Justice Council

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