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Guy Vassall-Adams QC

Contact: guyvassall-adams@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: alisonscanes@matrixlaw.co.uk

Guy Vassall-Adams QC is a leading practitioner in Media and Information Law. He is regularly called upon by the national media to represent them in the most high profile and sensitive open justice cases; challenging closed hearings or judgments redacted on national security grounds (Al Rawi, Binyam Mohamed), establishing new rights of access to court proceedings traditionally held in private (Derek Paravicini, Re Child X), or establishing rights of access to court documents (Corner House). His defamation practice has seen him representing the media in two of the key cases that strengthened the responsible journalism/public interest defence (Jameel v Wall Street Journal, Roberts v Gable) and he acted as an early adviser to the Libel Reform Campaign.As counsel for News Group Newspapers in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation since 2011, he has exceptional experience in privacy law and group litigation. He acted in the first substantive freedom of expression case to come before the Supreme Court, on behalf of a former spy seeking permission to publish his memoirs (A v Security Service). He has recently been instructed as a leader in the Blacklisting Litigation on behalf of about 20 individuals bringing claims in defamation and data protection against the major construction companies. Guy Vassall-Adams also practices in public law, human rights and private international law.
Guy Vassall-Adams worked at Doughty Street Chambers before joining Matrix in November 2013. Before coming to the Bar he worked as a television journalist and as a humanitarian affairs officer for the United Nations, where he was one of the founders of the humanitarian news service IRIN.Guy accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
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