Litigation Team of the Year 2021
"Extremely well regarded" for his longstanding experience acting for and against public authorities, as well as advising public bodies on regulatory proceedings.
Rupert Earle is a brilliant mind, strategic and calm under pressure. He knows the industry inside out as a regulator and we are able to count on his team at Bates Wells to consistently provide excellent service and results.
Rupert's strengths lie in his ability to predict accurately where a matter is headed. He is the right person with the right advice at the right time. His advice is unerringly practical and strategic.
Vastly experienced, intelligent and unflappable
Best Lawyer - Defamation
Rupert Earle has been consistently excellent. He has always been available to advise fully regardless of the hour or the day
An amazing lawyer who is doing really important work. An expert in his field and a statesman... respected and very knowledgeable.
He is dedicated, thorough and always puts the client's best interests first
He is very client-focused, dedicated, thorough and always puts the client's best interests first
A well-respected figure in the advertising and marketing space
"A good choice for business and individuals seeking defamation expertise"
"Calm, unflappable, experience and clever"
"Professional and friendly, easy to talk to, helpful and contributes practical alternative options"
"He's superb – seeing him in action against other lawyers really puts his quality into perspective"
Knowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough and displays good judgement.
"He's excellent, experienced, level-headed, calm, pragmatic and practical"
"He has unrivalled experience on advertising related matters, is incredibly good on the details and has very sensible judgement"
Practice head and ‘consummate professional’ Rupert Earle provides ‘balanced and realistic advice’
[Rupert is] 'an excellent communicator and deals well with clients’, who is noted for his advertising and marketing expertise
Praised for his 'subject knowledge' and 'calm and collected approach'.
I have for some 30 years specialised in media, public/regulatory, advertising and consumer law issues, both in and out of court.
I have advised on a full range of media disputes, including up to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. This covers defamation (eg Ashcroft v. Times Newspapers, Chohan v. Oxford University Press, Sovcomflot v. Lloyds Fairplay, Hardcash Productions v. Crown Prosecution Service, Prince Turki v. Hachette Filipacchi, Prince Nayef v. Independent, Cruddas v. Times Newspapers, Flood v. Times Newspapers (including in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human rights); third party disclosure applications to identify anonymous postings and false profiles on social media (eg against Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, BT); clearance work (eg biographies of Prince Charles and Jann Wenner, reports of inquiries into racism and sexual abuse in football; and advising on compliance with regulatory codes (eg IPSO and Ofcom Broadcasting Code).
My regulatory work has focused on advertising (including advising the Advertising Standards Authority and Committee of Advertising Practice on UK and EU advertising law); airports/airlines (advising on slot allocation at UK airports); and alcohol (acting for the Portman Group in relation to the regulation of the marketing of alcoholic drinks) – advising on regulatory codes, procedures and guidance. I have also acted in judicial review challenges to regulatory decisions, for example by Transport for London and by the Charity Commission.
My information law work has included acting for Jonathan Ungoed-Thomas, the Sunday Times journalist, in the information tribunal and High Court action to obtain disclosure of details of MPs expense claims; and for Dominic Kennedy, the Times journalist, up to the Supreme Court in relation to access to Charity Commission statutory inquiry information. I advise public authorities on FOIA and environmental information issues. I also advise political parties and referendum campaigners on data privacy issues.
Acting for a national newspaper in defence of a threatened claim for defamation arising out of an article about the miss-selling of mini bonds.
Acting for a historian in contested freedom of information challenges to the Cabinet Office and a University in relation to refusal to provide access to an archive containing important historical information.
Successfully defending rulings of the Advertising Standards Authority against claims for judicial review by City Fibre (challenging the advertising as “fibre” of broadband services which were not fully fibre optic) and Actegy (seeking to continue to advertise a medical device as effective for relieving symptoms of arthritis, diabetes etc).
Defending Airport Coordination against proceedings by the administrators of Monarch Airlines concerning whether the airline’s take-off and landing slots at Gatwick, Manchester and Luton airports could, on insolvency, be sold, or should fall into the slot pool for re-allocation.