3VB Counsel Team Act In Barclay Brothers Bugging Claim

Hefin Rees QC, Cleon Catsambis and Sophia Dzwig, instructed by David Chijner and Jane Colston of Brown Rudnick, and Jason Sugarman QC of Foundry Chambers, act for Sir Frederick Barclay and Amanda Barclay in proceedings against other members of the immediate Barclay family and a director of Barclay Group companies arising from the covert bugging of the Claimants’ private and confidential conversations at the Ritz Hotel London. The business interests of the Barclay Group include the Ritz Hotel, the Telegraph and the Spectator.

The 3VB counsel team successfully obtained nine court orders in a period of three weeks, including:

  1. ’Doorstep delivery-up’ orders against the Defendants, requiring them to immediately hand up listed items and answer questions;
  2. Service by alternative method orders, including through WhatsApp;
  3. Forensic imaging of the Defendants’ electronic devices; and
  4. Super-injunctions whilst the above were being executed.

As of 24 February 2020, the previous press restrictions have been lifted but the content of the audio recordings remains confidential.

The claims against Sir David’s three sons (Alistair Barclay, Aidan Barclay and Howard Barclay), Andrew Barclay (Aidan’s son) and Philip Peters are for breach of confidence, misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 and/or the General Data Protection Regulation.

The case continues.

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